Welcome back to a new term. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday break with your children. It has been great to see them excited to return and share the highlights of their holidays with their friends.
I would like to thank and acknowledge the strong leadership of Viv Doig as Principal in my absence last term. I would also like to thank our Deputy Principals Jennie, Georgie and Nichola for their hard work in supporting both teachers and students in what was a very busy but successful term.
I will be reducing my hours for the rest of the year to four days a week. Viv will continue as Principal in my absence each Thursday.
As part of our re-branding to raise and clarify the profile of the school, we have collaborated with the staff, School Board, P&C and Sims Design to develop a new school logo and motto. These changes will only apply to the school website, publications and profiles, with school uniforms remaining the same. I’m sure you will agree that the logo has a fresh new look with the four colours representing the three satellite schools and our Outreach Service.
Parent feedback is important so as a school community we can continue to reflect and improve to make sure we provide your children with the very best education they deserve. The National Parent Opinion Survey will be sent out next week and I encourage all parents and carers to complete this online survey. This information will support our future school planning and review processes. The results of the survey will be available to the school community by the end of the term.
Viv and I look forward to continuing to support you and your family.
Wendy Strang and Vivienne Doig
We are almost at the end of Term 2. It has been a particularly short-term, but definitely not a quiet one. Teachers and students have been super busy with lots of wonderful and exciting new learning opportunities. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as full-time Acting Principal while Wendy has been on her well-deserved long service leave. Wendy has had some fabulous adventures around Europe and we look forward to hearing her stories when she returns next term. I would like to thank the whole school community for making my time in this role such a rewarding experience.
Thank you to those people who provided us with ideas and feedback on our new school branding this term. We are currently in the process of finalising this, so it should all be rolled out early next term. We are very excited about the lovely new images and logos that you will see on our publications and website soon.
Feedback has been very positive on our ‘new look’ news items that are regularly posted on our website. This has been a great, seamless transition into keeping our school community regularly informed of all the exciting things that are happening at Fremantle LDC, through our new look website. Please make sure you keep checking it for our most recent information. Watch it transform soon with our new look.
I hope everyone has a lovely restful school holiday break and I wish those who are going away to travel safely. We look forward to seeing the students return to school on Tuesday 17th July.
Welcome back to Term 2 at Fremantle Language Development Centre. I hope you all had a great school break! This term I will be Acting Principal while Wendy Strang is on her well-deserved long service leave. I am very excited about this opportunity and I am looking forward to a wonderful term ahead. We wish Wendy safe travels!
This term, we will be posting regular news items through our website rather than through an emailed newsletter. We believe this change will enable us to keep you more regularly informed of all the exciting things that are happening at Fremantle LDC. Our website has been recently upgraded and continues to be updated on a regular basis. Therefore, this is the best place to go to for all of our school information. Please have a look and familiarise yourself with our website: www.FremantleLDC.wa.edu.au
In addition to our new website, we are continuing to work on developing our school brand. This term, we are in the final stages of creating a new school logo. We will share this with you as more details are finalised.
On Monday, all of our staff were involved in a School Development Day. This was a full day of professional learning with a particular focus on the health and wellbeing of staff and students. This aligns with our Business Plan focus area to “Develop positive behaviour and wellbeing”. Some topics covered were “Mindfulness”, “Trauma and Wellbeing in Schools” as well as a half day spent training all teaching staff in our Fun Friends and Friends for Life programs. Below are photos of us all during a couple of our workshops.
This professional learning will now enable teachers to begin implementing the FRIENDS resilience program across all classes at all three school sites. More information about this will be provided shortly. If you were not able to attend the FRIENDS Resilience Parent Workshop last term, we are running another one on the 6th June. Please see the following link for more information: http://fremantleldc.wa.edu.au/friends-resilience-programs/ We look forward to seeing you there.
Please remember to check the website regularly for the latest school information and any upcoming events. Please also feel free to contact the school if you require further information. We are always here to help.
I would like to congratulate all children and staff on the many achievements they have made this term. I would also like to acknowledge our wonderful P&C who have continued to raise funds for the school. So far this year they have funded maths resources across all classrooms, sustainable gardens for Caralee and Bull Creek, and provided our Beeliar site with new reading books. In addition they provided funds to support the establishment of an extra classroom at Beeliar and iPads. Over the past week there has been a focus on the meaning of ANZAC day. There will be a special ANZAC day ceremony at each site & parents are very welcome to join us at:
Caralee: Thursday 9:30am
Bull Creek: Friday 2:15pm
Beeliar: Friday 9.00am
I will be taking long service leave from this Thursday 12th April and returning at the start of Term 3. On my return I will be reducing my hours to four days a week, taking Thursdays off. Vivienne Doig will be taking on the Principal’s role in my absence and one day a week on my return in Term 3. Viv has been a long term Deputy Principal at the school and has experience in being in the Principal’s role. She has strong management and leadership skills and I know the school will be in safe hands. Deputy Principals Jennie Dawson and Nichola Middlemiss will increase their days to take on Viv’s Deputy Principal’s role.
The upcoming holiday break provides an opportunity for you to extend your child’s vocabulary and world knowledge through visits and holiday activities. These can be as simple as a bush walk, a visit to the harbour to watch the boats and cranes, or a trip on the train or bus. Remember to name, describe and discuss what you see and most important, see how much they can remember later on. I hope you all have a happy and safe holiday break with your children.