A warm welcome to all to the 2022 school year. Many thanks to all our families for preparing our students for the commencement of the year. It was lovely to see our students so excited to be at school on Monday, and ready to learn.
Thank you to all of our school community for adhering to the Department of Health guidelines by wearing masks indoors in our classrooms. Your support in keeping our families and school community safe is greatly appreciated.
Staff Professional Learning
We were very fortunate to have our two school development days. These included the following focus areas:
- Fremantle LDC Focus 2022
- Wellbeing and School Culture
- Oral Language Narrative Assessment
- Establishing positive routines, relationships and behaviour
- Learning continuity planning
Our classroom teachers will be in touch with you over the next week to provide details of class meetings. These meetings are likely to be held in week 3 and are intended to provide comprehensive information on specific classroom programs, timetables, classroom requirements and organisation. This is a wonderful opportunity to build home/school connections, meet your child’s teaching staff, ask questions and gain a greater understanding of how you can support your child throughout the year.
At the start of the year the speech pathologists and teachers will administer assessments so that we have current data to develop your child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). There will be an opportunity for parents to meet with the classroom teacher on an individual basis to review their child’s IEP. This will be held at the end of this term.
Our school P&C is a wonderful group of parents who enjoy getting together to share, support and help raise funds for the school. All parents are encouraged to be a part of our P&C so please let your classroom teacher know if you are able to help out by being a class representative. The first meeting for the year (AGM) will be conducted early this term. Please watch out for details coming soon.
We look forward to meeting and working with all parents and families throughout the coming year. Please don’t hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions.
Farewell to our Leavers
Last week it was lovely to see so many families and friends come together at our Leavers Assembly to celebrate, congratulate and say farewell to our students who are leaving us to return to their local mainstream school. It was a great opportunity for us all to look back and reflect on the wonderful progress our students have made in the short time they have been with us. Here are some lovely photos of our leavers on their special days.
We are all very proud of the achievements our students have made. They have demonstrated their commitment to working hard and persevering when they are faced with challenges. We say goodbye with a strong sense of pride for their achievements. I know each and every one of these students have shown our school virtues of friendliness, kindness and respect to staff and their peers but most importantly, they have shown the virtues of courage and determination to persevere when they are faced with challenges. These are all wonderful qualities that will support them in their move to their new schools. We wish them all the very best for the next stage in their education journey.
Thank you to our P&C & Board
I would also like to recognise and thank the dedicated group of parents and community members who have committed their time to being on our P&C and Board this year. They are a small team that work amazingly well to fundraise and provide support to our staff to ensure that our students continue to receive the programs and resources they need.
School Development Days
Next year our staff return on Thursday 27th January for two School Development Days prior to the students returning. We look forward to the students returning on Monday 31st January 2022.
All our School Development Days (Pupil Free Days) for 2022 are as follows:
Term 1 (Students start 31st January 2022)
Thursday 27th January 2022
Friday 28th January 2022
Tuesday 8th March 2022
Term 2 (Students start Wednesday 27th April 2022)
Monday 25th April 2022 = Anzac Day
Tuesday 26th April 2022
Term 3 (Students start Tuesday 19th July 2022)
Monday 18th July 2022
Term 4 (Students start Monday 10th October 2022) (No SDD Day 1)
Friday 16th December 2022
(Students finish on Thursday 15th December)
We look forward to the students returning for an amazing 2022 and welcoming our new families to our school. We wish all our leaving students all the best for the next step in their education journey.
I hope everyone has a happy, safe and joyful Christmas and New Year break.
Earlier this term, our school had our Public School Review where we had 2 reviewers from the Department of Education visit our school for the day and meet with our staff, parents, and partners to validate our school self-assessment processes. The day went extremely well and we received wonderful feedback on all our school processes. I would like to thank all our staff, parents and school community for all the amazing work they do every day to make our school a wonderful learning environment for our students, staff and school community which was made clearly evident in our review. Please find below the link to our Public School Review Report on our website. Please let us know if you have any questions about the report or the review process.
Fremantle LDC Public School Review Report October 2021
Welcome back to term 4. I hope you all had a lovely school break. It was lovely to see the students return last week and share their holiday adventures.
Public School Review
All staff were very busy on our first day back on our School Development Day on Monday of last week. We took this opportunity to review our school self-assessment in preparation for our Public School Review, which took place on Wednesday. This was a day where two Department of Education Public School Reviewers came to our school for the day to validate our self-assessment processes. Throughout the day they met with our school leadership teams, teaching and non-teaching staff, School Board Chairs, P&C President, host school principals, and parents from all three of our sites. It was a very rich day of discussions around our school processes and student achievement. Feedback was extremely positive. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to these interviews and providing such valuable information to our reviewers. I look forward to sharing with you the report when it is finalised and sent to us in a couple of weeks.
Referrals for 2022
Last week we also conducted our Placement Process for 2022 referrals. I’m sure you can all remember when you went through this process when your child first applied to be referred to our school. It is a time of mixed feelings of uncertainty, excitement and anticipation waiting on a possible offer of placement. We will be sending out our first round of offers this week, so we look forward to welcoming some new families to our school next year.
DLD Awareness Day
On Friday 15th of October we celebrated Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) Awareness Day. This is a day aimed at raising awareness internationally for DLD. This is a big part of the reason for our schools’ existence, so we encourage you to spread the word. Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder (RADLD) is an international organisation helping to increase awareness of this hidden, but common condition. They have a wealth of information about DLD on their website: https://radld.org/ . Each of our sites have had a staff morning tea to help raise awareness across our host schools. Our Speech Pathologists gave presentations, you can read some of the information presented here.
Below, are some of the ways that you can get involved on social media to support the campaign!
WHAT SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS CAN I USE?
I look forward to a great Term 4!