Dear Parents and Caregivers, I trust the school holidays have started well for your families. The end of the year is upon us and it won’t be too long before we start seeing students, families and staff returning and ready to go for the 2017 school year.
I would like to wish every family, a safe and happy Christmas and New Year – and to enjoy some quality family time over the long break.
A few notes to finish off this year from me.
Kind regards, Paul Luke
Lots of positive feedback from families, students and staff indicating that Celebration Night last week was a great success. Congratulations and well done to all students who performed, and special thanks to the school band, Tahlia and Tahlia for compering and of course Mrs Rayner for coordinating the event.
Year 7 Graduation
Congratulations to all graduating Year 7 students – it was a privilege to be part of their special night on last Wednesday 14th December. The Year 7s have been an excellent group of young people and should be very proud of their achievements and time at Craigburn – they are now ready and prepared to take on their next stage of schooling. I wish them all the very best.
Special acknowledgement to the following award recipients for 2016.
Shane Browne Award – Shane Browne was a teacher at Craigburn in the early 1990s whose life was suddenly taken in a road accident. Shane was fondly remembered as a teacher with special qualities. The Shane Browne Award was first introduced in 1995 and award to a boy and girl who displayed the school values of ‘self-worth, caring and responsibility’ to the highest degree in their final year of primary schooling – based on nominations from Year 7 students and teachers.
The recipients of this year’s Shane Browne Award are: Ned Spurr and Jemma Cobb.
The Governing Council Award – is awarded to two students, a girl and a boy, who display excellent qualities of a learner – congratulations to Tahlia West and Sam Ward who are this year’s recipients of this award.
I would like to sincerely thank all parents, families and friends for the wonderful support we have in our school community. Over the course of the school year our students and staff have benefited in so many ways including: classroom help, attending camps and excursions, coaching / managing sports teams, volunteering in the canteen, support through Governing Council and the many subcommittees – the list is endless.
Over the school holidays there will be several maintenance and environment projects happening around the school including: roof cleaning restoration, garden beds maintenance, internal painting to the main hallway corridor.
Best wishes to students and families who are leaving Craigburn – good luck at your new school.
Material and Services Charges
Thank you to the families who responded to our Materials and Services charges poll for 2017. From the responses we received, 65% of parents voted in favour of endorsing the proposal that the full amount of Materials & Service charge of $400 be legally recoverable. Parents and caregivers will receive information about this when invoices are sent out early in the new school year.
External School Review
Midway through this year we participated in an External School Review which ran over two days in Week 4 of Term 3 and involved a DECD external review team who gathered a range of evidence from the leadership team, staff, students, members of the governing council and a group of parents – involving presentations, discussions and observations.
The initial post review report outlined the following verified strength.
- Staff are hard working, committed to the school community and demonstrate a strong commitment to improving practice through professional learning
- Outstanding sense of belonging and ownership from parents and the wider community e.g a committee put out a call for help to staff for an event they were running, they received offers of support from 23 staff members.
- Gov Council and parents determined that the current school community culture be maintained and are looking at implementing succession plans to ensure the ’country community’ feel is not lost.
- School is seen as being a safe and happy environment where parents are welcomed.
- Survey results from staff state that the current structures for Professional Learning teams (PLTs) have had the greatest impact on the school improvement agenda and the initiative is being implemented regularly.
- Staff have worked collaboratively and effectively within their PLTs
- Staff very positive and supportive of the digital Iiteracies initiatives with great take up from staff.
- Digital learning, and BYO iPad initiatives, strongly supported by staff, students, Governing Council and wider parent community
The final report available on our website has now been completed and will be used to guide our school directions over the next 4 years.