Please be mindful that students are not permitted on school grounds before 8.20am and should be collected at 3.00pm, unless participating in before/after school programs or before and after school care. Classrooms are open at 8.35am to allow children to prepare for the day, students should aim to arrive at this time.
Welcome to week 4!
From all accounts and the way the children and staff looked coming off the bus, they all had an exhausting yet a wow of a time on the Year 6 camp!
Huge thank you to the staff; Mark O’Mara, Jenny Kennedy, Luke Johnson, Michael Marshall and Nairah Maples. I know that the children and parents are truly grateful for all the hard work that it takes to organise the camp.
The school was abuzz last Wednesday with ‘lights, camera, action!’ We were privileged to be asked to be part of the Channel 10 TV program ‘The Project’. Eight students from years 1 – 3 were chosen to be interviewed by Rove McManus on climate change and what wise words they would have to the leaders at the Climate Summit. Rove was certainly kept on his toes, and entertained by these very bright and funny children! At this stage, we have been informed that the show will air this Friday night. Hope you all get to enjoy the children’s amazing interview!
At the last open Board meeting, our NAPLAN data was presented to the Board and community. We are extremely pleased with the growth of our performance. This is evidence of the targeted approach of our curriculum direction which has demonstrated such positive outcomes. An abridged version of the data will be placed on our webpage next week.
At the last P & C meeting, financial approval for the Oval Adventure Play space was voted on and successful! The Focus group are now in the process of getting this off the ground. Once we gain plans of the space we will get this out to the community for comment. We fully understand some of the parent concerns that a detailed plan has not been submitted however please be assured that the design brief was to provide years PP – year 6 with a circuit like area that supports children in building their gross motor skills and social development in a natural environment. The brief was also in line with a request from parents via P & C feedback and designs provided by the children. We are super excited to get this off the ground. Huge thank you to the P & C and the Focus group for all your hard work with this project.
At Churchlands PS we highly value the partnerships we have made with parents and wider community members. It is through such partnerships that we can maximise success for our students. There are so many ways that you all contribute to our school, so to thank you we invite all of our parents and community helpers to a very special Breakfast. Please come along and join us on Friday, November 26 at 8.00 – 8.45am in the staff room and community garden at the front of the school.
Term four is a very busy time and is when the Executive and staff begin working on budgets, staffing and class formations for 2022. It is not an easy process with us having to work within the budget we receive, students we are permitted to have in each year level and class profiles. Teachers and specialists take a considerable amount of time considering the best possible placement for each child. Teachers also work within the Class Placement Policy. With this in mind, there is always the possibility of composite classes (split). To ensure you are well informed of the reasoning for this we have developed a guideline that provides you with detailed information on the formation of composite classes. We will provide an interim breakdown of class structures at the end of the year. These may change over the break as it is dependent on student numbers.
You may have noticed new fencing being placed at the back of the early childhood area. We have been having lots of intruders onto school grounds who unfortunately have caused a lot of damage. We have a group of teenagers who repeatedly climb onto the roof of the ECE buildings as they are easy to access. Due to the damage this causes and to alleviate any harm to anyone the only option was to install a cranked top fencing.
We continue to have considerable issues with dog faeces on the oval. This causes such a lot of distress to the children who walk or sit in this. We are also having people allowing their dogs to drink from the drink fountains! As a community, we ask that you support keeping our school safe and clean and call Education Department Security on 9264 4771 if you see anything that requires investigating.