From the Principal Week 1

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome to a new school year. I’d like to extend a particularly warm welcome to our unusually large group of new students and their families. I hope you will be able to join other members of our school community at the annual sundowner next Friday afternoon (15 February 2019) being organised by the P & C. The P & C (Parents and Citizens Association) in addition to being a dedicated fundraising body, also organise activities and events that bring the community together. The sundowner is an opportunity for some of our Kindy students’ families to meet other families, and for our new Pre-Primary to Year 6 students’ families to do the same. There will be a sausage sizzle, paella, ice-cream etc available. You will receive information about this event shortly. The P & C would be delighted if some of our new and existing families could join them once or twice a term when they meet. This has historically been on Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm.

2019 Classes

This year we commence with the same number of classes that we had in 2017; one more than we had in 2018. The structure of classes is dependent on the number of students in a given year level, as the recommended number of children in a class differs across the school until Year 4. Year level classes beneath Year 4 have a smaller recommended maximum number of students. Composite classes (of two year levels) are a common feature of primary schools, often for this reason.

We always strive to ensure that the children in each class have a range of ‘academic’ abilities, and a range of social and personal abilities. This is true for each year level, including year levels in a composite class. We also strive to ensure that each child has someone in their ‘new’ class that they can connect with and work with effectively. This is not necessarily the peer or peers they most enjoy playing with. I assure you that many, many hours of careful thought and discussion go into the establishment of classes – Kindy children aside, that involves 340 students. As always, if you have any questions about classes, or any other school level matter, please seek that information from Kim Knowles, Deputy Principal or myself. I trust that your child/children have had a smooth start to the year.

What’s Happening

  • Swimming lessons at Cottesloe Beach (Years 5 and 6) commence tomorrow
  • Swim Squad commences next Tuesday afternoon. An information sheet and permission slip will be emailed tomorrow when we make a final decision re bus transport to Bold Park Aquatic
  • Instrumental music lessons commence next week
  • violin and viola on Tuesday with Ms Therese Arnold
  • double bass on Tuesday with Ms Anna Person
  • cello on Wednesday afternoon with Alexandra Bak
  • guitar on Monday morning (to be confirmed)
  • P & C Sundowner on Friday, 15 February

Protective Behaviours

Protective Behaviours sessions for children in Pre-Primary, Year 1 and Year 2 will commence on Friday and run for the following four weeks (a total of five sessions in total). The children will be taught by Ali Fisher, who has presented these sessions from P-6 during the last few years. Families will receive information prior to and during the five weeks. Teachers of Years 3-6 will teach Protective Behaviours as part of their class Health program, and Kindy children will be taught by Ali Fisher in Term 4.

Assembly

Our first assembly will be in Week 4 and will be led by Year 6 students.
Best wishes for a great year.

Elizabeth Blackwell