Leaders News

It was great to see everyone back at school last week – we hope that the year ahead is an enjoyable and rewarding one for all. Once again, a special welcome to all students, families and staff new to Craigburn.

Thank you for taking the time to read through the following information.


Paul Luke – Principal,   Rob Warncken – Deputy Principal,     Nicky Taylor – Senior Leader

Staffing Update

We welcome the following teachers and support staff to Craigburn: Brooke Hamden and Tara Bell (Year 1, whilst Stephanie Hook is on leave for Term 1), Emma Harry (Year 2, returning from leave), Cameron Wright (working 2 days with Chantelle McMahon in Year 3), Karen Wissell (Year 6/7), Paul Besanko (Science, Health and PE) and Krysten Pattison (Early Years Learning Support SSO).

We also welcome our new senior leader Nicky Taylor who will be providing leadership across the school in the early years, curriculum development and student voice.

We have started the school year without a specialist teacher in the area of Performing Arts. Unfortunately the teacher who was appointed to the ongoing position has not been able to take up the position. We are currently working  closely with our department’s staffing team to fill this position as soon as possible. In the interim, one of our regular relieving teachers, Steve Mellonie, who has a specialist drama teaching background, is working with us for the first two weeks.

Instrumental Music

Starting the year without a specialist performing arts teacher has affected the organisation of our instrumental music program. We aim to have information out to families as soon as possible.

Bushfire Procedures & Catastrophic Days

In the current hot weather conditions we are experiencing, it is timely and important that all school community members are aware of the bushfire procedures we have in place at Craigburn. Information regarding these procedures  can be found here on the school website. A guide for families can also be found here.

Year 7s to High School Update

Year 7 public school students will be taught in high school from Term 1, 2022 – to align with all other Australian states and territories. Many South Australian non-government schools are also currently teaching year 7s in a high school setting. This means that 2021 will be the final year for both our Year 6 (currently Year 4s) and 7 (currently Year 5s) students who will be graduating at the same time. Further information from the department can be found here.

Year 7 Graduation Awards

On the Wednesday evening of the last week of school last year, we farewelled our Year 7 students (and some families too) who participated in a Graduation dinner and memorable ceremony. This was a special time for students, staff and families where we acknowledged and celebrated the participation of all Year 7 students who have been a central part of our school community over many years. We also announced and congratulated the recipients of the Shane Browne Award and Governing Council awards, who went to:

Shane Browne Award (for upholding the school values of Self Worth, Caring and Responsibility)

  • Archer Parsons-Smedley and Evie Bevan

Governing Council Award (for academic achievement and endeavour)

  • Alex Bogaretya and Jasmine Grether

Acquaintance Evening

We look forward to families visiting on Tuesday 12th February for our annual Acquaintance Evening – details hereTeachers will also be sending home further information prior to and / or on the evening.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Governing Council will be held on Monday 18th February in the Library, commencing at 6:30pm and concluding at 8.00pm. Prior to the meeting there will light refreshments available from 6:00pm. Crèche facilities will be available. The AGM is a great opportunity to celebrate and share in our school’s achievements and highlights of 2018 and your chance to talk to staff and current Governing Council members. More details to follow soon.

Kidz Biz Parent Workshop – Over Exposed and Under Prepared

We are hoping many of you are able to attend this parent workshop run by Wendy Hill from Kidz BizDetails advertised here.

Term 1 Planner / Calendar

Important Dates and Events for Term 1

  • Acquaintance Night – Tuesday 12th February
  • AGM – Monday 18th February
  • Kidz Biz Parent Workshop – Over Exposed and Under Prepared.
  • Pupil Free Day – Friday 8th March
  • Team Assemblies – R/1 and Year 2/3/4 classes – Wednesday 13th March
  • Harmony Day – Wednesday 20th March
  • Sports Day – Friday 22nd March
  • Swimming and Aquatics – Years 3/4/5 Swimming and Year 6/7 Aquatics
  • Student-led Conferences – Monday

Pupil Free Day – Friday 8th March

On Friday 8th March our staff will be joining with 300 other educators from our partnership of schools and preschools at a professional learning workshop presented by leading Australian educator, author and professional speaker, Steve Francis. The workshop will focus on strategies for motivating and engaging students, high functioning teams, and building trust. We aim to finalise our other pupil free days and school closure for 2019 in the future.

Volunteer Procedures

At Craigburn we are fortunate to have the support of many parents, caregivers and friends who may be free and interested in helping their child and the school in many ways including: providing classroom / reading support, accompanying students on excursions / camps, coaching sports teams, helping in the canteen, covering books in the library and helping out on other school committees, events and programs.

Please take time to check in with the new procedures if and when you are able to offer your support as a volunteer.

Non-Department Service Providers

In recent years we have seen a number of families choosing to access private services for their children including, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Psychology Services a range of Therapeutic Interventions and Tutoring. As the National Disabilities Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been implemented we are seeing an increase in this trend.

We regularly receive requests from parents for these services to be provided on the school site during school hours. The Department for Education have a policy and procedures in place to support schools; detailed information can be found on the Department of Education’s website.

If you are requesting non-department service providers to work with your child within school hours please make contact with Rob Warncken (Deputy Principal) about this process.

BYO iPad Program Update

As you would be aware Craigburn Primary School launched a voluntary BYO iPad program for students in Years 2 – 7 in early 2016. Throughout the program we have experienced many successes whilst also finding some challenges along the way. Please visit the recent post for further information.

Staff Car Park and Local Traffic

A friendly reminder that the staff car park is for staff only and for families displaying a ‘disability parking permit’. Keeping all children safe is our priority, so please do not use the staff car park to drop or collect children, unless pre-arranged with the front office.

A reminder too, for all families and friends to exercise caution and patience at arrival and dismissal times. Traffic and parking regulations are in place and will be acted upon by Rangers from the Onkaparinga Council. We have had some complaints from local residents in Heath Lane have indicated illegal parking at pick up times and not being able to access their own driveways.


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