Port Noarlunga Primary School

Principal’s Update: Welcome to 2020

Jan 31, 2020 | governing council, principal's update, school info

By MARIE WRIGHT — Principal

We have had a great start to the year with students jumping straight back into learning. There is a nice feel to the school and we are looking forward to meeting our goals.

We had a successful External School Review in Term 4, 2019 and we will be working towards achieving the 3 directions that were provided. The External Review report will be available on the school website this term.

Our continuing focus areas from 2019 are embedding our English Agreement and our Outdoor Classroom work. New focus areas for 2020 are Maths (Reasoning and the Maths Agreement) and trialling our new Outdoor Education program.

Some staff are involved in special projects and extra learning this year which may mean time out from the classroom but we have a great group of relief teachers that we can access at these times.

This year we have added an extra yard duty to supervise the school traffic crossing. This will add another level of safety to that area. I remind families to take extra care when driving around the school as children, and some adults, can be unpredictable and have risky behaviours on and near the road.

This year we have introduced the ‘Sneak Peek and Picnic’ event which replaces Twilight Dance. This event provides families with the opportunity to have a look in the classrooms, touch base with staff and enjoy a picnic with staff, students and other families. The ‘Sneak Peek and Picnic’ will be on Tuesday the 18th of February from 5pm to 7pm here at school.

I have been approaching some parents / caregivers to get them involved as members of the Governing Council. We would like a representative from each class on Governing Council this year so that all families have a voice and are kept ‘in the loop’. The AGM is being held in the library on Wednesday 19th February at 6:30pm. At this meeting we will be electing office holders and new members. At the conclusion of the AGM we will have a short Governing Council meeting to approve the 2020 school budget. Please let Annie or Jason know if you are planning on attending the AGM.

This term we are planning a working bee at the school. We haven’t set a date yet but will let you know as soon as we do so that you can make plans to come along.

Unfortunately we have already had some instances of unacceptable behaviour by parents towards adults and children at the school. I will not tolerate the verbal abuse of anyone on my staff or in my care. If you have a complaint or concern please address these in a respectful manner with the person involved. If you have no success or are dissatisfied with the response please make an appointment with a member of the leadership team.

We have an exciting year ahead of us and I look forward to working alongside you, your children and our staff to ensure that there is learning improvement for us all.

Take care,
Marie

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