As we reach the midpoint of the 2016 school year, I would like to acknowledge the efforts and achievements of our students, staff and parent community.
Firstly, I would like to congratulate all students on their efforts with their learning so far this year. Over the first semester, each student should feel a sense of reward by reflecting on aspects of their learning with which they have felt a sense of personal achievement. This might be in Reading, Maths, Inquiry Learning or improvement in an area such as social skills development or work habits.
At this morning’s assembly, we recognised all Craigburn students for their behaviour in line with our school values of Self Worth, Caring, Responsibility, Respect, Optimism and Resilience. We are proud of the ways students positively interact with each other and at the same time we are always looking for ways for students to further develop and improve skills in the area of ‘personal and social responsibility’ (a General Capability within the Australian Curriculum).
Here are some of the reflective questions which were shared with students. Feel free to use these questions as conversation starters:
- What is something you have achieved of which you are proud?
- What are three things you did to help your classmates?
- What are the three most important things you learned?
- What is something that was hard for you at the start of the year but is easy now?
- In what area do you feel you have improved?
- What is something you taught your teacher or classmates?
- Of the books you read, which was your favourite? Why?
- What was the best piece of writing that you did? Why do you think it is your best?
- What are three describing words (adjectives) that best describe your school year so far?
Secondly, I would like to recognise the efforts and work of our teaching and support staff. Over the last term, we have engaged in some quality professional learning aligned with our site improvement plan. Next term, we will be undertaking an external school review, which I will describe in more detail early next term.
As mentioned previously, Kathy Terrell has extended her leave until the end of Term 3. She has recently been in touch with me and sends her warm regards to everyone in our school community.
From today, our Pastoral Care Worker, Amanda Eckert, takes maternity leave. Her position of 9 hours per week is currently being advertised and we hope to attract a suitable candidate.
Thirdly, I would like to thank all parents who have supported the school over the first half of the year – eg sports coach, listening to reading, transporting students, being involved on a committee, the list goes on. No matter how big or small the contribution, support for our school is highly valued and appreciated.
Best wishes to all families and friends over the July school holiday period.
Kind regards, Paul Luke