Principal’s Pen | Assembly, Enrolments, Playgroup, Staff, Uniforms, Music & Reports
Dear Parents and Families,
We have had a busy and enjoyable Term Two. What with Interschool Sports, Pirate Day, welcoming our school chickens and the construction of our new cubby house, alongside the fantastic work going on in all our classes, it has been very exciting! I am already looking forward to another full and engaging Term Three as we have a number of events planned, including our Year 5 students producing a local radio show, Book Week and our Faction and Interschool Sports Carnivals. As this is the last Principal’s Pen for Term 2, I would like to wish all families a safe and enjoyable holiday break.
Last Friday our wonderful TA3 students performed a very entertaining assembly all about Elephants. I was singing ‘Louise the Elephant’ all day! I loved hearing about Elmer the Patchwork Elephant too. Well done to all the students and teachers from TA3, it was a fantastic performance. It was also lovely to see all the parents, grandparents and friends who came along to enjoy the performance and the delicious morning tea which was held afterwards.
We are now taking enrolments for 2018 from Kindergarten to year 6; application forms are available from the office or can be downloaded from the link below. Applications for Kindy 2018 are due in by 31st July 2017.
Maria Heenan from the Enhanced Transitions to Schools Project will be running a trial playgroup in our Kindy room starting on Thursday 27th July from 9.00am to 11.00am for a three week trial. If you have children in the 0-4 age group who are not yet attending school, please come along! Please see the attached flyer.
Staff Changes in Term 3
This Friday will be Katherine Free’s last day before she takes her parental leave. Kat is a warm, engaging and dedicated teacher and I know she will be very much missed by staff, students and parents. I would like to take this opportunity wish Kat and her husband all the very best as they enter this new and exciting chapter in their lives. I would also like to give a warm welcome to Miss Ashleigh Savage as our new TA3 teacher. Ashleigh visited TA3 yesterday in preparation for her start in Term 3.
I would also like to welcome Mrs Vanessa Furlong to TA9 and Goollelal Primary. Vanessa will be teaching in TA9 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday alongside Mrs Kym Tarr on Mondays and Tuesdays. Mr Serravite will continue in his role as Physical Education teacher on Monday, Tuesdays and now on Fridays in the lead up to our Faction Carnival on Friday the 1st of September and our Interschool Athletics Carnival on Wednesday the 20th of September.
Last Saturday I had the pleasure of watching some of our Year 3’s playing footy at Kingsley oval. There were some seriously good skills and sportsmanship on display! Well done Cats!
Pride in our school uniform is important because it promotes a positive image of the school and develops a sense of identity and a feeling of belonging for our students.
Over the last term our teachers have been working hard to promote the wearing of correct school uniform as, disappointingly, there has been some relaxing of standards. Yesterday, we had a whole school meeting, with all children, to discuss why we have a school uniform. In the meeting we talked about inappropriate headbands, such as large floral decorations, cat’s ears and bunny ears. Please do not send your child to school with these items. While they are lovely for outside of school, they are inappropriate for school wear. Another issue discussed was the wearing of brightly coloured jumpers and scarves. We would ask that any items of clothing adhere to the School Dress Code and is in the school colours, navy blue and white.
The Dress Code can be found on Page 9 of the Community Information Book. Please Click Here.
Information about where to purchase the School Uniform can be found by clicking here.
Greenwood Secondary College Music Performance
Last Monday, students from Greenwood Secondary College visited our school to perform. This concert included rock bands, a swing band, a choir, a classical guitar ensemble and a concert band. Several of the performers were past students of Goollelal Primary School. This was a fantastic showcase of musical talent and our students and staff thoroughly enjoyed it. The Greenwood College Music Department will host the Annual Winter Concert on Wednesday the 9th of August at 7pm in the Greenwood College Gymnasium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students/children (toddlers and babies are free). Tickets are available from the College.
Over the last month our teachers have been preparing the Semester One reports on student achievement and a lot of work has gone in to assessing student performance in order to write meaningful reports. It is important for parents to understand that a “C” grade is a good indicator that your child is on track to meet the expected, end of year level, standard. With reports being sent home yesterday, it is a wonderful opportunity for you to spend some time discussing your child’ s successes and achievements over the semester. If you would like to discuss your child’s report, you are invited to make an appointment with your child’s teacher.
Lynne Anderson | PRINCIPAL