Blog 27 March 2019

Anyone following us on Facebook will know it’s always busy at school.  We have recently been on the Today show, in the West Australian and had a community breakfast, camp out and charity fund raising days.  Thank you for supporting these events.

Aligning with our value of respecting the environment is our recycled uniform program.  It has become so popular that I am moving it from the office and have appointed senior students to run it. These students will operate a recycled uniform stall every assembly morning. All uniform items will be $1.  We have lots of stock, all in good condition, and encourage everyone to recycle.  Donations of clothing may be made at any time in the office to Lara.  Thank you for the amazing support of this.

Well done to everyone who participated in and assisted with our swimming carnival, which was a fantastic event. Congratulations to the medal and ribbon winners and to everyone who got a faction point for swimming. 152 of our 160 eligible senior school students took part and tried their best.  This is our highest participation rate ever.

Thank you to the 30+ parents who attended the P&C meeting last week and are involved in planning the P&C colour run day.   The P&C executive committee represents 700 parents. The way to have a voice is to attend general P&C meetings yourself or communicate via your class parent rep who is automatically your rep on the P&C.  Meetings are open to all parents and I encourage you to join as a general member via the online form on the P&C page of our website. It is brilliant to have such high levels of involvement in this event. Hopefully this will continue for the many events planned for this year.  Getting involved with the P&C is of course great role modelling to children about how to support the community. Many of their planned events are on our website calendar.

The DoE is starting our building program at Easter. The whole administration block will be closed and we will be working out of a demountable building on the courts for six months, over terms 2 and 3.  This will certainly be inconvenient for everyone, but we hope that the new facilities we are being given will be worth it.  Our current administration area is well below standard for the current primary school brief. The project will result in a new meeting room and a dedicated medical room as well as a more secure foyer that separates visitors from students and improves security.

On the note of security, please could I request that parents not send children to school before 8.30am. The period from 8.30am until classes start at 8.45am is a time for preparation for the day.   For children who want to expend energy before school, there is running club and tennis which cover most days of the week.  OSHClub provides before school care every day from 7.00am – 8.30am for busy parents. Teachers are not officially on site until 8.30am, so dropping off children before that can leave them unsupervised.  Please see the ‘before and after school’ section of our website under the ‘parents and community’ tab and the ‘attendance’ section under the ‘information’ tab.

Finally, thank you very much to the 72 parents who have completed the National School Parent Opinion Survey. The link will be live until 4 April and is on CONNECT in two of my notices. I’d really appreciate it if you could find a few minutes to respond to it. There are only 20 questions, all just requiring one box to be selected.

Hope to see you at the colour run next week, enjoy the weekend.

Lisa Dentith