We are well and truly nearing the end of the school year with many activities and programs still to go over the remaining four weeks. Thanks for taking time to read through this latest post.
Breakfast with the Minister
On Monday morning (20/11), I have been invited (along with 30 other school leaders) by Ms Nicolle Flint MP, Federal Member for Boothby, to a breakfast forum with the Minister for Education Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham. This is an opportunity for school leaders to speak directly to the Minister about current and emerging issues in education.
I would like to acknowledge and thank teachers and volunteer parents who have attended camps this year – with Years 3-5 classes most recently. Organising and taking large groups of students away for 3 days involves significant planning, management and goodwill. We are extremely fortunate that school camps are valued and supported at Craigburn, which provide students with valuable life experiences. We wish our Year 6s all the best for their annual camp to El Shaddai at Wellington in coming weeks.
Two weeks ago I took the opportunity to attend one of our basketball team’s matches after school at the Blackwood High School stadium. It was pleasing to see the mixed team of girls and boys play with so much enjoyment. The overall support from parents who coach/manage, score and cheer the teams is fabulous, making the whole experience of children playing school sport a positive one.
I would also like to acknowledge and congratulate Kim and Simon Nash for their ongoing efforts in promoting school basketball and special credit to them for organising a group of over 100 Craigburn people (families) who attended the 36ers v Sydney Kings game on Saturday evening. By all accounts it was the fantastic cheer and support from Craigburn families that helped the 36ers to get over the line.
Family Maker Night
We are looking forward to hosting our first Family Maker Evening this Tuesday 21st November from 5.00 – 7.00pm. This is an opportunity for families and friends to participate in a range of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) / Maker type activities. We will have a free sausage sizzle available for families, with drinks available at a small price. Whether permitting, all activities will be set up around the lower basketball court.
The school activities keep coming – with Gala Day set for this coming Friday. This long held annual event involves nominated students in Years 3-7 managing craft, activity and food stalls. Students in Reception to Year 2 get to visit stalls after Recess for 45 minutes or so, with students in Years 3-7 to visit stalls for the second 45 minute session thereafter. Many students rate Gala Day as one of their favourite days of the year, where they get to demonstrate their enterprise and entrepreneur skills.
A big thank you to our Fundraising Team and the Moyle family for supporting our school with coordinating and managing our school discos. I’m sure all students who attended had a wonderful time dancing and singing along to the tunes played by DJ Jesse.
At this time of the year, teachers are spending many hours writing student reports. As part of this process, teachers work with year level team colleagues to moderate and discuss student assessments to ensure consistency of teacher judgement when reporting A-E grades for subject areas in the Australian Curriculum. Given the length of time for these reports to be written, most teachers undertake report writing days, where relieving teachers are in classes. This is part of teachers’ industrial entitlements as they ‘bank’ time over the course of the year to undertake this important work.
Class Placement Update
Teachers have begun this process and as previously indicated, placing students in classes is a complex and time-consuming process involving multiple factors. Students will be informed of their placement on Wednesday 13th December, where they get to visit their new class for 2018 after Recess. Parents / caregivers are informed via a letter with the end of year report.
Best wishes to all – regards, Paul Luke