Principal’s Pen | School Review, Disco, Maths Comp & More
Dear Parents and Families,
Last week Mrs Su Wilson and Mrs Denise Hilsz, from the Department of Education (formerly the Department of Education Services) visited Goollelal to review our operations. An Independent Public School Review is conducted every three years to provide assurance to the school community and the Director General of the Department of Education that the school is meeting the requirements set out in its Delivery and Performance Agreement (DPA) and the Business Plan. Prior to the review I collated evidence in relation to six key areas of the DPA. These included the School Board, the Business Plan, the teaching and learning programs offered by the school, how student performance is monitored, effective use of resources and compliance with system requirements. During the review, Mrs Wilson and Mrs Hilsz met with students, parents, education assistants and teachers. We will receive a written review later this year but, in their final discussion with Kerry Hartmann, Jo-dee Mansell (Board Chair) and myself, Su and Denise were very complimentary about the school, in particular the way that our motto, “Sharing, Caring and Learning” is reflected in all our operations. I would like to thank all those who took part in the review, in particular our Board members, Jo-dee Mansell, Danielle Crawford, Julia Easton and John Logan (Community Representative); Louise Voss (P&C President) and parent representatives for giving your time to come along to the school to meet the reviewers. A copy of the written review will be uploaded to our website and to Schools Online when it becomes available.
In thanking our parent representatives, I’d also like to thank our hard working P&C for all the work they have done this year, including the hugely successful disco last Friday night. Thank you for helping to make our school such a warm and welcoming learning community.
A big part of what makes our school so special is our talented students. Over the last few weeks we have celebrated our students’ success in a variety of fields. Earlier in the year, thirty of our Year 4, 5 and 6 students volunteered to take part in the Australian Mathematics Competition. Well done to Xander C (High Distinction and Best in School), Tobias C (High Distinction), Daniel N (Distinction), Jarvis (Distinction) and Levi (Distinction). Congratulations to all those who participated.
At today’s assembly we also honoured Katie G who was nominated by our teachers to receive the Fred Hollows Humanity Award. This award recognises Year 6 students who follow in Fred’s footsteps by making a positive difference in their community. It celebrates students who show compassion, integrity and kindness in their everyday lives, just as Fred did. Katie has acted with a great deal of care and kindness, not only in her role as an Environment School Leader, but throughout her time in primary school. I am sure that Katie is destined for great things as she displays many of the attributes for successful leadership.
We also have some very special Year 2 students who have been collecting glass jars to create a bug shop. Jake and Cole are selling bug jars for $1-$2 donations with all proceeds going to children with leukemia. Please go to TA8 if you would like to buy one. Please see the very cute flier at the link below. Well done Jake and Cole, we are all very proud of you.
This week we also had a visit from Constable Care. Thank you to Ashleigh Savage for organising this incursion. This fun show delivers a serious message about protective behaviours to keep our children safe. Key concepts included ‘safe’ and ‘unsafe’ secrets and telling a trusted adult if you feel bad or unsafe.
Over the next few weeks we are lucky to have one of our past students, Lewis Cook, helping out in our STEM and Physical Education classes. Lewis is joined by Callum Loader, from Woodvale Secondary College, as they take part in the workplace learning program.
This year we are trialling the emailing of reports. Jane Quirk has been working hard to set up the system with updated email addresses. As this is a new way of delivering reports we will be emailing them to families on Monday 11th December. If you do not receive a copy of your child’s report by Wednesday 13th December, please email the school at
Goollelal Primary has been included in the Bushfire Zone Register because of our proximity to Cadogan Park. As a result, our school is required to develop a Stand-alone Bushfire Plan. This plan can be viewed in the School Policies section of the website.
For more information about bushfire prevention during the summer season you can go to the link below.
Booklists for 2018 will be coming home today in your child’s bag. They can also be accessed via the link below.
Lynne Anderson | PRINCIPAL