Principal News: Welcome to 2020

Welcome to the 2020 school year. We would like to give a special warm welcome to all our new students and their families. It has also been wonderful to see our students from last year return with such enthusiasm after a long enjoyable break. All students have started the term with a very positive attitude towards their learning. We look forward to working closely with you all.

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome some new teachers to our school this year. This year we welcome Mrs Jennifer Graham to PP (A7), Ms Lana Jones to Year 1 (A2) and Mr Matthew Ryder to Music at Willagee site Years 1-3. These teachers come with a wealth of experience and will be a real asset to our school.

Prior to our students starting this year, school staff returned to have 2 full days of amazing professional learning. Some focus areas for us so far have been:

  • Sensory Processing and the Sensory Smart Classroom
  • Advanced Phonological Awareness
  • Brightpath

We have started the year with some very special celebrations. Last night I had the honour of attending an awards evening at Curtin University where our Occupational Therapist, Berry Johnson (Lil’ Peeps Occupational Therapy for Kids), was recognised for her amazing work at Fremantle Language Development Centre. Berry received the award of “Organisational Excellence in Occupational Therapy Student Fieldwork Supervision”. We are very fortunate to have Berry and Lil’ Peeps support our teachers and students and this award is testament to the wonderful work that Berry does at our school in partnership with Curtin University students. We would like to congratulate Berry on this great achievement.

Teachers will be conducting their classroom meetings in Week 3 of this term. At this meeting, classroom teachers will outline programs, timetables, classroom requirements and organisation. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, other parents, and to gain an understanding of how you can support your child throughout the year. More information will come out about these meetings shortly.

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 the term. More information about this will come closer to the time.

Our school P&C is a wonderful group of parents who enjoy getting together to share, support and help raise funds for the school. At the whole class meetings, we will be seeking someone to become the class P&C representative. This role involves attending 6 P&C meetings across the year and sharing information with the parents in your child’s class. All parents are encouraged to be a part of our P&C and please let your classroom teacher know if you are able to help out by being a representative. The first meeting for the year (AGM) will be conducted on Wednesday 26th February at 7.30pm.

Prior to each P&C meeting there will be a workshop for parents and carers. These workshops are fun, interactive and relevant for all age levels. Therefore, the first parent workshop will be Wednesday 26th February at 6.30pm. Details will be provided next week. I encourage all parents to attend our parent workshops to learn about how you can support your child’s language and learning.

As an Independent Public School we have a school board who assists in the development of our Business Plan and school review processes. This week we will be sending out information regarding nominations for the school board and encourage parents to consider taking on this role. If you would like to know more about what the role will entail, please view our school board information webpage here.

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.

Kind regards

Vivienne Doig