Principal News Post – Term 2 Week 7

Dear families and friends, I hope everyone enjoyed quality time over the long weekend, which incorporated the student free day last Friday and the Queen’s Birthday public holiday last Monday. As usual, we continue to remain busy with many activities, events and programs happening around the school.

Reading Development

The student free day last Friday gave us an opportunity to review our whole school practices in reading. We identified and acknowledged effective reading practices happening in classrooms and discussed how we can further align these to support the reading development of students as they progress from one year level to the next. Much of the day was facilitated by Dr Karyn Carson, speech pathologist from Flinders University, who shared with us, the stages of reading development and what constitutes evidence-based reading instruction and assessment.

Year 7 Canberra Camp

A fortnight ago, I had the pleasure of accompanying the Year 7 team to Canberra for a five day program, as part of their study on Civics and Citizenship. Many of you may have read the updates posted on our school’s Facebook Page.

The Year 7 camp to Canberra has now been running at Craigburn for over fifteen years and has been consistently supported by school families. Students get to visit all of the iconic landmarks and institutions in Canberra, including; Parliament House, The War Memorial, The Deep Space Centre, The National Portrait Gallery, The Museum of Australia, The High Court of Australia and more.

A highlight of the camp, was a visit to Government House, the Governor General’s residence at Yarralumla. We were taken on a tour of this magnificent and historic residence and were personally welcomed by his excellency, The Governor General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove.

Ben and Tahlia laying a wreath at the Last Post Ceremony at the War Memorial

Another highlight included a visit inside the Indonesian Embassy, where we were warmly greeted and shown around the inside of the embassy by residing consuls. We thank the Li family from Craigburn who facilitated this rewarding experience.

I would like to thank teachers, Andrea Grant and Mark Lemmey, for their professional and personal support of the students whilst on camp – in particular Andrea Grant who organised and coordinated this year’s program. A big thank you also to parent, Jenny Poole, who joined us for extra support, which was greatly valued and appreciated.

I would especially like to congratulate all of the Year 7 students for their outstanding behaviour and representation of their school, whilst away interstate. It was gratifying to hear comments and feedback from bus drivers, tour guides and from the general public in Canberra: all of whom gave positive comments, complimenting our students on their excellent demeanour and participation.

Mid-Year Reports

Currently, teachers are in the process of writing mid-year student reports, which will be sent home to families on Wednesday of the last week of term. The Reports describe student achievement and effort in all areas of learning within the Australian Curriculum.

Award – Well done Kerry

Congratulations to our Performing Arts Teacher, Kerry Rayner who recently received an award for 20 years volunteer service to an education professional organisation, (Orff Schulwerk Association of
South Australia) as recognised by The Council of Education Associations of South Australia – CEASA. Well deserved Kerry.

Pedal Prix

Best wishes to all students and families who are part of the Pedal Prix team, the Craigburn Crew’sers, competing on Sunday at Victoria Park. Details here

3D Printing Project

3D Printing Team at Grange Primary School

A shout out to the team of students led by Miss Sporn and Miss Grant who presented their learning using 3D printers at Grange Primary School on Friday – being 1 of 50 schools participating in the Makers Empire 3D Printing Project. A great effort and achievement.

Staffing Update

Over the last few weeks we have welcomed several new staff to Craigburn. Jackie Nelson has been relieving for Stephanie Hook in the Year 1 class, whilst Stephanie is recovering from a knee operation.

We extend a warm welcome to Glenn Draper, who is working as a school services officer in the upper primary area of the school, working with teachers to support individual and small groups of students.

We also welcome Kate Washington, who wilI be working through the Environment Committee and with teachers / students in further developing the environmental learning centre. Kate currently works in two schools running edible garden programs and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in this area. At this stage Kate will be working with us for the remainder of Term 2 and Term 4. Our focus is on successful plantings of vegetables ready for a Term 4 harvest.

Principal Position

As mentioned previously, the appointment of a new principal is to be finalised by the end of this term, ready for a Term 3 start. The selection process is currently underway with a selection panel in place, chaired by our Education Director, Mr Brendyn Semmens.

Reconciliation Day

A few weeks back, we celebrated Reconciliation Week at a whole school assembly where classes shared their learning about reconciliation. Special thanks to Jasmine Miller who is the Aboriginal Community Education Officer within our Partnership of schools. Jasmine has been working with classes over a number of weeks sharing her knowledge and background of indigenous culture.

Student Free Day – Monday 3rd July

On Monday 3rd July we will be welcoming Mark LeMessurier to Craigburn where our professional learning focus for the student free day will be on how we can better support students who present with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD & ADD) and trauma-based behaviours.

Team Assemblies

These are scheduled for next week, with classes and students looking forward to sharing their learning with families and friends. The Reception to Year 1 assembly is set for Wednesday 21st June from 2.15pm and the Year 2, 3 and 4 classes are set for a 10.00am start. The Year 5, 6 and 7 assembly will be on Friday 23rd June for a 2.00pm start. All assemblies are in the school hall.

Regards, Paul


Paul Luke

Acting Principal

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