The Weekly Wrap – Term 4 Week 9 – 2021

Dear Families and Friends

It’s hard to believe that we are nearing the end of the school year. 

As we experienced last year, the COVID pandemic has continued to bring about much uncertainty to our lives, however we have been fortunate to have experienced minimal disruption to school life. We would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support with special thanks to the parents and friends who have supported various school services (Canteen, Uniform Shop), excursions, camps and sports programs. This level of support has allowed us to provide these valuable services and extra-curricular activities. 

Our teaching staff have again shown a strong commitment to doing their best for the children they teach. They approach their work with positivity, enthusiasm and a focus on continuous improvement. Our ongoing work in implementing evidence based teaching practices was validated in this year’s NAPLAN and PAT results, where noticeable improvements were achieved. Other assessments and learning data also reflect this growth. Students’ literacy and numeracy skills continue to be developed and strengthened through InitiaLit (Reception to Year 2), explicit direct instruction lessons, Spelling Mastery, daily and weekly reviews, and intervention programs. A big thank you to all teachers and learning support staff who have made this happen.

Similarly, we would like to acknowledge and thank our learning support and administration teams for their efforts and work. They have provided invaluable high level intervention support for students and successfully managed school operations in the areas of front office, finance, technology, library and grounds.

Throughout the year, Craigburn students have shown positive attitudes to learning, upheld our school values and been involved in the broader aspects of school life, including: after-hours school / Sapsasa sports, sports days, senior choir, special days, SRC, crossing and flag duties, school garden activities, buddy classes, assemblies, camps / excursions, coding / art clubs, and much more. We trust they’ve had an enjoyable year and we’re sure they’ll be looking forward to the holidays.

We would like to thank members of this year’s Governing Council for their advocacy and ongoing support of our school. Special thanks to Katelyn Adams (Chair), Steve Bottrill, Belinda Cece, Kylie Basley, Catherine Argent, Kelly Howlett, Nicole Rizzo-Gray, Ahmad Khalaf, Sam Slattery, Bec May, Kathryn Stone, Kim Altschwager and Alice Hilberdink. Strong parent support contributes to our school in so many positive ways. 

This is the last week of primary school for our Year 6 and 7 students. We look forward to saying farewell to them at their respective graduation ceremonies on Tuesday (Year 7) and Wednesday (Year 6) evenings at the Capri Theatre, Goodwood. They have been a terrific group of young people with bright futures ahead of them. 

Each year we farewell families, many of whom have been heavily involved in school life. We thank you for your support over the years and extend our best wishes for the future. Thank you for being part of the Craigburn Primary School community. 

Last, but by no means least, thank you to Rob and Nicky who have provided excellent support and leadership across all aspects of school life. 

We look forward to an enjoyable last week and will sign off next Sunday with our final ‘Holiday Wrap’ for the year.

Kind regards

Paul, Rob and Nicky

The Week Ahead

Current as Sunday 5th December 2021

Monday  6/12

Tuesday 7/12

  • Early Years Fun Day
  • Year 7 Graduation – Capri Theatre

Wednesday 8/12

  • 2022 Transition – Class Swaps, End of Year Reports
  • Year 6 Graduation – Capri Theatre

Thursday 9/12

  • Year 5 Fun Day
  • Year 6/7 Fun Day 
  • Year 3/4 Celebration 

Friday 10/12

  • End of Year Assembly
  • 2.10pm Early Dismissal

Monday 31/01/2022 – First Day back at school

Staffing Update

We are in the final stages of finalising our teaching staff list for 2022. Once confirmed, we will provide an update to families via a news post on Wednesday 8th December. 

As mentioned previously, there will be changes to our teaching staff list for next year, with new teacher appointments, teachers leaving, teachers returning from or taking leave, and teachers increasing / decreasing their fraction of time. There will also be a number of teachers working in a part-time capacity where classes will be shared.

Class Structure and Class Placement for 2022

We have developed our preferred class structure for 2022 after much consideration and based on our projected enrolments and the requirements of the department’s student centred funding model. 

The new structure supports teachers working in collaborative teams and reduces class sizes in the early years of schooling. With varying numbers of students across each year level there will be a mixture of straight year level and composite classes. 

With this class structure in place, we have placed students in classes for 2022. As previously mentioned, this has been a complex and time-consuming process involving input from teachers, students and parents.

Please note:

  • Class placements will be final. 
  • We will not be in a position to move students. Moving a student from one class to another inevitably changes the environment of multiple class groupings and for this reason, we will not be in a position to move students. 

We respectfully ask that parents / caregivers do not approach current teachers regarding class placements.

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

Students will be informed of their class placement on Wednesday 8th December, when they visit their new class for 2022 after Recess. On the same day, parents / carers will be informed via a class placement letter along with their child’s end of year report.

End of Year Reports

Teachers have finalised the end of year student reports, which will go home with students on Wednesday. Please take the time to read these carefully and take time to share in your child’s successes and discuss areas for future growth. 

Material and Services Charge for 2022

Thank you to the families who responded to our Materials and Services charges poll for 2022.

Of the 55 responses received, 100% of parents voted in favour of approving the Governing Council’s proposal that the Materials & Service charge is set at $440 for the 2022 school year.

This means all parents and caregivers (excluding approved School Card holders) are liable for this charge.

Parents and caregivers will receive information about this when invoices are sent home at the start of the new school year. 

Friendly Reminders

  • Last Day of the School Year – Early Dismissal – 2.10pm
  • OSHC Vacation Care for 2021 / 22 – contact OSHC for details and bookings.
  • Please check the lost property stall in the hallway adjacent to the school canteen for any items that may have been lost during the term / year.

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