This week with our Relieving Principal - Joanna Henderson

Term 1 Week 1

Dear Parents/Carers,


Welcome back to all students and welcome to our new families who this year will be joining our wonderful school. We begin the 2017 school year with 630 students and 25 classes including several new teaching staff Miss Emily Darragh and Ms Theresa Davern. We also have 100 new students – 80 of them Kindergarten. We enjoyed a very smooth beginning to our school year, thanks to the great efforts of our staff at the end of last year and the days leading up to today. We expect that 2017 will be another productive and prosperous year for all. We plan to build upon the excellent reputation our school holds within the wider community – including launching and sustaining several new initiatives and programs. The involvement of our parents in our school remains a key aspect of our school and we will be seeking advice from families in the near future to identify areas where you may be interested in assisting. Our first P&C meeting of the year will also be held on Thursday 9 th February at 6.30pm. Included in today’s newsletter is important information for all families in respect of routines and procedures at our school. Next week you will receive General Consent Note and Information update to be returned as soon as possible to the school office. Thanks to all families for ensuring the students arrived in full uniform and ready for lessons this week – it was wonderful to see them all. The Class Resource & IT Levy contribution of $100 per student incorporates “book pack” levy, technology levy and the previous voluntary levy. It would be greatly appreciated if this contribution could be paid as soon as possible.This week we formed classes for 2017. Our staff has spent a significant amount of time in placing students in particular classes and have done so with great consideration and thought. We are confident this is the best make - up for our school organisation. Making up classes is a complex and difficult task when taking into account academic levels, student specific needs, behaviour considerations and student relationships. We are hoping to maintain this class structure; however should there be an increase in enrolments throughout the term, the class arrangement may have to be adjusted. Current class arrangements for 2017 are as follows.


Kindergarten Team: 4 classes

Angela Hackett KA, Theresa Davern KD, Donna Germany KG, Jan O’Donohue KO

Stage 1 Team: 8 classes

Assistant Principal – Early Stage 1 (Term 1) Nicole Crawford 1C, Karen Fletcher 1F, Jane Maloney 1M, Tony McRae 1T, Jacinta Smith & Amy Clarkson 2AJ, Linda Cargill 2C, Janita Smith 2JN, Relieving Assistant Principal Stage 1 (Term 1) Rebecca Mander Mon - Thu & Linda Morgan Fri (Matthew Butler for Fridays Weeks 2 - 5 of Term 1) 2M

Stage 2 Team: 7 classes

Assistant Principal Stage 2 Vivien Winfield 3/4V, Sinead Dunn 3/4D, Virginia Jenkins 3/4J, Haidee Woods 3/4H, Fiona McGoldrick 3/4M, Trish Stewart 3/4S, Mick Wilkinson 3/4W Stage 3 Team: 6 classes Assistant Principal

Stage 3 Team: 6 classes

Hilary Dance - Wilson (Terms 2 - 4) Rachelle MacArthur Term 1 5/6DW, Emily Darragh 5/6D, Genevieve Esgate 5/6E, Karen Regan 5/6R, Tim Chalmers 5/6T, Claire Wilson 5/6W, Library Janelle Gill, RFF/LaST Sandy McGrady & Wendy Hardy

Specialist Band teacher: Mary Seckold

Learning & Support Coordinator: Therasa Trew Assistant Principal

School Counsellor Janene Skaines Mon, Tues & even weeks Fri 9 - 12

Relieving Deputy Principal Hilary Dance - Wilson Assistant Principal Stage 3

Relieving Principal Joanna Henderson It is expected that the Principal’s position will be filled this term.


Office: Debbie McGann (School Administrative Manager) Michelle Boucher, Kerry King, Wendy Brindley (School Administrative Officers)

General Assistant: Jock Stoddart & Peter Hastrich (Fridays)

School Learning Support Officers: Michelle Boucher, Ann Stacey, Mel See, Michelle Cleaver, Anna Travers - Jones, Ellen Thompson, Catrina Schaefer, Laura Kleinhans, Anna Smythe, Coral Blake

IT Support Technician: Blake Hoskinson

Cleaners: Louise Stoddart, Russell Irwin

P&C Uniform Shop Co - ordinator: Monique Kirkby

Canteen Manager: Sandy Oswald

Joanna Henderson

Relieving Principal