End of Year Holiday Wrap – 2019

Dear Families, 

Thank you for being part of our school community and supporting our programs and events throughout the 2019 school year. The community support we receive is always greatly valued and appreciated. 

At our final whole school assembly on Friday, I asked students to reflect upon and identify the things, activities and people for which and whom they are thankful. This led us to collectively acknowledging and thanking our teachers and support staff, canteen and OSHC staff, and parents and friends who make a positive difference to our community. As Principal, I am thankful for the opportunity to lead a school community where students, staff and families work together to be better learners and people. Whist it is highly important for our young people to learn to be literate and numerate, it is also important for them to develop skills in critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration – and at the same time build character qualities such as risk taking, persistence and gratitude. This has been evident in many ways throughout 2019 – in class programs and special events including camps, incursions, excursions, Sports Day, Harmony Day, Environment Classes, Recycling, Book Week, Performing Arts performances, Choirs, Sports Expo, After-hours Sports, Discos, Pedal Prix, Korean Homestay Program, Tournament of Minds, Sapsasa events, Reconciliation Week, Remembrance Day, Gala Day, Craigburn’s Got Talent and much more.

The final assembly was also an opportunity to acknowledge and farewell graduating and leaving students as well as staff members who are leaving to other schools, on extended leave, and retiring from teaching. Best wishes to all of these people and thank you for being part of our school.

Two awards were presented at the recent Graduation Ceremony – The Shane Browne and Governing Council Awards.

Shane Browne Award

Shane Browne was an upper primary teacher at Craigburn who was tragically killed in an accident in 1990.  Shane showed great love and kindness in his interactions with children. His special loves were science, music and maths. The Shane Browne memorial garden (at the front of the school) was consecrated a year after his death, with a special plaque laid on 27th September, 1991, with the School Council creating an award in his memory.  The award is presented to a female and male student each year who demonstrate the school values of caring, self worth and responsibility towards others.  The names of past recipients are recorded on the honour board in the front foyer. The criteria used to present the awards are:

  • Upholding and demonstrating the values of Craigburn – caring, self-worth and responsibility.
  • Acting as a positive role model for fellow students.
  • Contributing to the ethos of the school and the student’s class.
  • Preparedness to put in and help out.
  • Foresight and initiative to make the school a better place.

All students and teachers of graduating students were asked to nominate students based on these criteria. One female and two male students who received the most nominations are this year’s recipients of the Shane Browne Award. Congratulations to:

  • Tom C: Tom has been an active member of the school community as a student leader and Sapsasa participant in Soccer and Netball and represented Southern Heights in Soccer. Tom has shown genuine kindness to others, exemplifying our school values of Self-Worth, Caring and Responsibility. 
  • Will L: Will has taken up every opportunity to be involved in the school community, as a student leader, member of teams including senior choir, tournament of minds and pedal prix. He has been a sports day vice captain and been involved in Sapsasa sports including cricket and football for Southern Heights and Netball for Craigburn. Will has been a thoughtful and caring student – and a friend to all.
  • Eliza W: Eliza has been a highly reliable student leader who has contributed to many activities within the school and has actively aimed to make Craigburn a better place. Eliza represented Craigburn and Southern Heights in netball and was part of the pedal prix team. Eliza has been a  true advocate of the school values of caring, self worth and responsibility and has been seen as a positive person by her peers. 

Governing Council Award

The Governing Council present two excellence awards each year to a female and male student who have demonstrated: consistency in performance and behaviour, striving for excellence, accepting challenges and having an exceptional work ethic. Congratulations to:

  • Ryan B: Ryan consistently strived to achieve his best. When working on his own work he has been most helpful and encouraging towards others who need support. He has pushed himself to engage in learning tasks years ahead of what is expected in Maths and has used advanced strategies to problem solve in this area.
  • Temika A: Temika has demonstrated an excellent work ethic, being highly respected by her peers. She has been an excellent team member who has respected the views of others. She has pushed herself to engage in learning tasks years ahead of what is expected in Maths.

Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating

A reminder that the school and OSHC will be closed when the CFS declare a catastrophic fire danger rating for the Mt Lofty District for the day ahead. This declaration usually occurs after 4.30pm with Minister for Education confirming school closures thereafter. 

Parent Survey

We ask parents and caregivers to take a few moments (understanding this busy time of the year) to provide feedback about the 2019 school year via the online parent opinion survey link below. The findings of the parent opinion survey will be reported to the school community via the 2019 Annual Report. Thank you.

Please click on the link below to complete the survey and enter (copy and paste) the following code JMEzx2WT


Survey closes 31/12/2019

New School Year – 2020

  • The first day of the 2020 school year begins on Tuesday 28th January.
  • Support staff will be back at school from Thursday 16th January.

Best wishes to all families and friends for a safe and happy Christmas and New Year. Take care.

Kind regards

Paul Luke          Robert Warncken         Nicola Taylor

Principal            Deputy Principal         Senior Leader