Principal News Post

Dear Families and Friends

Thank you for being part of our school community and supporting our learning programs and events throughout the 2018 school year. It has been a most enjoyable and rewarding one. 

I would like to congratulate all students for their ongoing development and achievements as learners and young people. The students at Craigburn consistently espouse and demonstrate our school values of ‘Self-Worth, Caring and Responsibility’ through their daily school lives. Each day they bring positive attitudes, behaviours, and learning dispositions which are evident in all aspects of their schooling, including through: class learning programs, after-hours school sports, sports days, fundraisers (eg colour runs), Pedal Prix, STEM nights, crossing and flag duties, Green Team activities, buddy classes, assemblies, camps / excursions (showing excellent manners), coding club, and much more. 

To our parents, caregivers and families, thank you for your ongoing support of our school, which is greatly valued and appreciated. Many of you take the opportunity, whenever possible, to help the school in many ways eg through the canteen, classroom support, sports team coaching / managing, excursions, camps, environment helpers, fundraising events, second-hand uniform shop, governing council and more. Our students and school community benefits greatly from your generosity and support. Thank you.

I would especially like to commend and thank our wonderful team of teaching and support staff for their ongoing dedication and professionalism to their work at Craigburn. Each year we take the opportunity at Celebration Night to extend our thanks and best wishes to staff leaving us. Please read further-on regarding the latest staffing update and additional end of year information.

Staffing Update

Leaving Us

  • We farewell Lynne Grimmer who is retiring from teaching after a long and distinguished career in education.  Lynne has been with us at Craigburn for the past twelve years and has been a highly regarded teacher and colleague, who has worked closely with families, giving young students the best start possible to school life. We wish Lynne the best of good health and enjoyment in her retirement.
  • We say goodbye to Hazel Robertson who has been a teacher and most recently, a Senior Leader at Craigburn for the past ten years. Hazel has been a very popular upper primary teacher who has professionally led programs including Tournament of Minds, The Korean Homestay Program, Year 7 Canberra Camp to name just a few. Hazel has been appointed to the Deputy Principal position at Happy Valley Primary School, where she will bring a strong focus on building community relationships and providing curriculum leadership.
  • Janis O’Keefe will be leaving us after six years as a contract teacher, having mostly taught in the lower primary and early years. Janis has always shown a strong commitment to the learning programs at Craigburn, which has led to her appointment in an ongoing teaching position at Seaford Primary School next year.
  • Elizabeth McDonald has been with us at Craigburn this year as Performing Arts teacher, replacing recently retired teacher Kerry Rayner. Elizabeth has undertaken this role with a high-level of enthusiasm and commitment, leading the Choirs, special performing arts concerts and events, including Celebration Night as well as providing engaging performing arts lessons to all students. Elizabeth will be taking up a similar position at Reynella Primary School next year.
  • Heather Reid who has been on leave in Term 4, is retiring from her learning support duties at Craigburn having been the longest serving member of staff. Heather joined Craigburn in the mid-1990s and has provided outstanding support to students with additional needs and their families. We look forward to Heather visiting us next year where we will formally acknowledge and thank Heather for her work and contribution at Craigburn.
  • Sue Jones has been with us since mid-way through Term 2 working in a leadership and teacher-librarian role. We thank Sue for her work and efforts and wish her all the best for her next appointment.

On Leave in 2019

  • Stephanie Hook will be on leave for Term 1 – we wish Stephanie all the best.
  • Genna Dow will continue leave from teaching duties for another 12 months, where she is living and working in England.
  • Anita Wright will be on leave next year, where she (and husband / teacher, Cameron Wright) are expecting their first child in late December. We wish Anita (and Cameron) all the very best for a safe and healthy arrival.

Joining Us

  • We welcome Nicky Taylor to Craigburn, who has been appointed to the Senior Leader position for three years. Nicky has been a senior leader at Morphett Vale Primary School and is very much looking forward to joining our school community in 2019.
  • We also welcome Florence Bourke who has been appointed to the ongoing position of Performing Arts teacher. For the last few years Florence has led school and wider community performing arts programs and events at Ernabella and the APY lands and brings a wealth of experience to teaching music, dance and drama.
  • We welcome back Emma Harry who has been on maternity / parenting leave in 2018. Emma will be teaching in a part-time capacity and is very much looking forward to returning to teaching at Craigburn.
  • We are waiting on news from the department’s central staffing team to finalise a number of contract teacher appointments. We expect this to occur soon, and are hopeful of retaining our current teacher contracts.  
  • I’m sure that students, staff and families will provide a warm welcome to all new staff.

Year 7 Graduation

On Wednesday evening, our Year 7 students will be attending their graduation dinner followed by a ceremony in the school hall with families. This promises to be a special and memorable occasion for our graduating students, staff and families, where we acknowledge and celebrate the participation and contribution of all Year 7 students and families who have been a central part of our school community over many years.

Class Placement Update

We are in the final stages of configuring classes for 2019, having received input from teachers, students and parents.

As previously communicated, placing students in classes is a complex and time-consuming process involving multiple factors, including working within departmental guidelines and regulations of starting classes at or below 26 for Reception to Year 2 and 30 for Years 3 to 7.

Please read the recent post Class Placement Update for further information.

End of Year Reports

As mentioned previously, teachers are finalising end of year student reports based on the growth and achievement of learning aligned within the Australian Curriculum. When receiving your child’s report on Wednesday 12th December, we trust that you will take time to share in your child’s successes and discuss areas for future growth.

Material and Services Charges

Thank you to the families who responded to our Materials and Services charges poll for 2019, where school fees will be set at $430 for 2019. From the 76 responses we received, 84% of parents voted in favour of endorsing the proposal that the full amount of Materials & Service charge of $430 be legally recoverable. Parents and caregivers will receive information about this when invoices are sent home. Note school fees next year will be inclusive of the following incursions – Footsteps Dance, Music is Fun, Book Week performance and Sports Expo.

End of Year Assembly

On Friday morning we host our final assembly for the year, beginning at 10.00am in the school hall. Families are welcome to attend.

Early Dismissal 

Please don’t forget that dismissal is at 12.30pm on the last day of term – Friday 14th December. The Governing Council has endorsed this early dismissal as per previous years. The OSHC service will available from this time if required.


Best wishes to all for the last week of the 2018 school year and for the forthcoming school holidays and new year.

Kind regards

Paul Luke, Principal

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