Principal News Update

The warmer weather has been a welcome relief from the seemingly never ending spate of cold, wet weather. It has been pleasing to see many students and classes outdoors at play breaks and for other activities. We are nearing the end of the third week of a nine week school term and there are still many activities and programs in coming weeks.

Camps – are a highlight for many students and yes, the teachers enjoy them too. I would like to mention a big thank you to Mike Hanna and Kristen Bowden as well as supporting volunteer parents for a highly successful camp to Douglas Scrub at McLaren Vale. Next week, we have two camps – the Year 3s are heading to Mylor and the Year 4/5 and 5 classes are off to Wirraway. Best wishes to  all students, teachers and volunteer parents attending. Stay safe and have fun.

Reef Walk – Our Reception and Year 1 classes experienced a great excursion to the Port Noarlunga Reef – we will look to share some photos on our Facebook Page.

Assemblies – Next week we look forward to the last of our team assemblies for the year, with the Year 2,3,4 assembly from 10.00am and the Reception / Year 1 start time at 2.15pm. We welcome all families and friends to these events. Please note that the Year 2,3,4  assembly will be a smaller one with a few classes away on camp.

Music Is Fun – This is one of the annual highlights of our performing arts program, coordinated by Kerry Rayner.  The Music is Fun Band comes to Craigburn on Thursday 11th November for two concerts – the first starting at 9.20am and the second one at 11.35am. The concerts go for 75 minutes. Please refer to the note sent home re the session for your child’s class. Check out the Music is Fun Band Facebook Page. All parents and carers are welcome to come along and join in the fun.

Sports Expo – This also is an annual event coordinated by PE teacher, Karen Pettman, with special days scheduled for different year levels, occurring in Week 5, which forms part Physical Education Week – promoting the importance of Health and Physical Education in the Australian Curriculum. There will be many fabulous opportunities for students to engage in a range of activities promoting physical activity, health and wellbeing. Please refer to the blog post for more details.

Heath Lane Drop Off Zone 

This week I met with two traffic engineers (at school) from the City of Onkaparinga Council in response to the a number of concerns raised by parents to both the Council and School, regarding parking infringements issued to parents midway through this year. We spent some time observing the nature of traffic flow during the afternoon pick up, and also safe options for children and adults to cross Glendale Avenue to access the Black Rd pedestrian crossing.

I was able to share with the traffic engineers our school community concerns in that there are no options for motorists to move through the Heath Lane zone when it becomes congested, other than to wait in line and proceed when possible. They agreed that the flow of traffic worked well and that it was not possible for motorists to progress unless there was forward movement of vehicles.

The outcome of the meeting was that the traffic engineers would follow up with the parking ranger division to share and discuss their thoughts and observations. I am hopeful that common sense prevails in support of families and friends being able to use this area safely, thoughtfully and without fear of receiving a parking infringement notice.

The engineers will also be looking to improve the current crossing on Glendale Ave, although a designated children’s emu crossing will not be considered due to its distance from the school. I suggest that families who use this crossing have regular conversations about the safe use of crossing the road in this area and also for parents to slow down to 25km/hr when driving through the zone.

Reminder – Going somewhere – staying with us?

We are in the process of determining projected enrolments for the 2017 school year. Given that we are staffed and resourced on a student centred funding model, it is vital that we get a clear picture of what our enrolments will look like for next year, which will support our class placement process.

If your family circumstances (including your child enrolling at another school) mean that you will be leaving Craigburn at the end of this year, please inform our front office staff by phone or send an email to with details. We would appreciate notice of this as soon as possible even if you are unable to fully confirm this. Thank you to those families who have already informed us.

Materials and Services Charges for 2017

The Finance Committee has recommended to the Governing Council, an increase in the Materials and Services charge for 2017. The recommendation is that fees be set at $400, being an increase of $10 from $390 set for 2016. The Materials and Services charge contributes to the cost of providing essential items and services used or consumed by individual students during the course of their learning. This includes printed and electronic materials, access to books, stationery supplies, curriculum materials, printing and copying for use in the educational program, library resources and ICT resources (including iPad apps). The amount and composition of the proposed charges is set out below.

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Parents and carers are invited to a meeting to approve the Materials & Services charges for the next school year. This public meeting will be held on Monday the 14th November at 7.00pm in the school staff room prior to the Governing Council meeting. In lieu of attendance, parents can express their views in writing to the chairperson prior to the meeting. Any such correspondence will be tabled at the meeting. If you have any enquiries regarding this please contact Kerrin Burrow (Governing Council Chairperson) or Paul Luke (Principal)

Kind regards

Paul Luke – Principal

3rd November  2016

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