Annual General Meeting Report

Last Monday evening, 6th March, we held our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in the school hall. The first part of the AGM was led by a group of teachers and supporting students who shared information about the many value-added programs which students can opt into at Craigburn. These included:

Tournament of Minds – An annual program in Terms 2 and 3 for students in Years 6/7 facilitated by Hazel Robertson. Hazel talked about the process of students nominating to be part of this creative problem solving program and how they get to work collaboratively over a six week period to solve a hypothetical problem, either the Language and Literature, Social Sciences or Maths and Engineering fields, with their solution presented to a panel of judges at Flinders University in Tournament Day in September. We thank students Azalea and Tahia for sharing their experiences.

Pedal Prix – Also an annual program for upper primary students led by Mark Lemmey – students prepare and train for a series of country and city events where they race in a ‘human powered vehicle.’ Mark spoke about the various skills that students develop by participating, including problem solving, critical thinking and decision making. We thank Mark for his ongoing leadership and commitment to this excellent program.

German – This is our Language Other Than English Program – led by Frau Carly Smith, who prepared a short promotional video of German at Craigburn – showing high levels of student engagement.

Maths Improvement – Year 3 teachers Janis O’Keefe and Veronica Khalaf, shared their action research project from last year where they deepened students’ understandings of mathematical thinking by focussing on research-based instructional teaching strategies. An excellent example of the high quality teaching and learning that exists at Craigburn. We thank Janis and Veronica for their excellent work in this area.

Garden Club and Munchie Monsters – Kristen Bowden talked about the Garden Club program which happens on Friday lunch times in the Environmental Learning Centre. Students participate in a whole range of nature activities with the support of Emma Harry and parent, Lisa Slate. A fabulous program outdoor learning program led by a team of passionate teachers and parents.

Making Learning Visible – Senior Leader, Rob Warncken provided a snapshot of our iPad program where we have an increasing take up from families of students in Years 2-7. Over the last 12 months we have run 25 parent induction session with approximately 220 students in Years 2-7 participating. Rob  shared various examples of how students are using mobile devices in creative ways that enrich learning tasks.

The second part of the meeting involved the presentation of the various subcommittee, principal and chairperson reports, as well as nominations of new council members for a two year period.

We would like to acknowledge and thank retiring members Candi Hinks and Darren Kemp for their commitment and service to our school community.

We also acknowledge all of the convenors of the various subcommittees who presented reports.

Thank you to Kerrin Burrow for leading our Governing Council in 2016. Kerrin has provided excellent support and advocacy for Craigburn and as part of her chairperson’s report, spoke about the importance of Craigburn maintaining it’s ‘community culture’ as was described in our 2016 external school review. where one of the key findings – ‘was an outstanding sense of belonging and ownership from parents and the wider community and that the ‘country community’ feel is not lost in years to come.’

We encourage you to take time and read through these reports in the attached AGM booklet below.

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We next presented the 2016 Volunteer Award for Outstanding Service to Lisa Slate – please refer to a separate post, thanking and congratulating Lisa for her outstanding service to the Craigburn Primary School Community.

As per our Constitution there were 5 vacancies for parents this year, and we had 5 nominations.

We congratulate the following parents who commence their 2 year term as members of Governing Council this year: Lisa Slate, Amelia Balmer, Karen Giakoumis, Jane Syme and Donna Richards Stone.

At our first Governing Council meeting on Monday 20 March, elections for office bearers will be held.

Please stay tuned to Craigburn Connections for updated information regarding the list of Governing Council subcommittees open for parents to join in 2017. We highly value the excellent parent support in many facets of school life.

Finally, a big thank you to all of the parents and Craigburn staff who attended the AGM. Your support was greatly appreciated.

Kind regards, Paul


Paul Luke

Acting Principal

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