Principal’s Pen | Welcome Back, NAPLAN, School Board
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a relaxing break with time to rest and recharge for another term at Goollelal Primary. There is plenty to look forward to this term with the Interschool sports starting up for our Year 4 to 6 students, our TA11 students presenting the School of Thought radio show and Pirate Day for all students on Friday 8th of June. On Tuesday the 22nd of May, the Greenwood Secondary College helicopter will be landing on our oval (weather permitting) and our Year 6 students will be able to get a closer look at it.
On the 30th of April our staff worked on the school’s new Business Plan. A major focus of the new Business Plan will be to develop our students’ personal and social capability through activities which support and challenge them physically and socially. This will include team building activities, leadership programs, activities which build resilience and activities which promote a healthy lifestyle. Last Friday, we introduced Funky Friday and enjoyed the beautiful weather by walking, skipping or dancing around the oval to music. We will celebrate Funky Friday’s and Mad Music Monday’s whenever the weather is fine.
Next week the National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy will be conducted with our Year 3 and Year 5 students. While the information gained from NAPLAN can be helpful in setting future school goals and developing tailored programs, at Goollelal we view NAPLAN as just one assessment amongst the many ongoing assessments conducted by our teachers. It gives us a snap shot of Literacy and Numeracy achievement at a particular point in time. NAPLAN does not test all that makes your children special and unique. Our Year 3 and 5 students have been well prepared and I wish them all the best for next week.
I would like to announce that our new parent representatives for the Goollelal Primary School Board are Neil Partis and Chris de Beer. Congratulations to Neil and Chris.
Outgoing Board Chair Jo-Dee Mansell
I would like to thank outgoing parent representatives, Danielle Crawford and Jo-Dee Mansell, for their involvement with the Board. Both Jo-Dee and Danielle made valuable contributions to our school’s self-review processes and last year’s Independent School Review. Jo-Dee has been the Board Chair since Goollelal gained Independent Public School status in 2015 and acted as a stabilising influence throughout a period of change in school leadership. Jo-Dee’s commitment to her role as Board Chair was included as a commendation in the school review feedback. I would like to personally thank Danielle and Jo-Dee for the energy, enthusiasm and dedication to the school and it’s Board.
Lynne Anderson | PRINCIPAL