Principal’s Message Week 5

Dear Parents and Carers

School Board

I would like to sincerely thank the parents in our school community who have indicated their willingness to serve on the School Board, commencing this year. The primary focus for the first part of this year will be the collaborative task of developing our next three-year Business Plan. Board members are appointed for a one, two or three-year tenure. The idea is that the tenures of individual members ‘end’ at different points in time, providing continuity across the years. The three new parent members will join parents Dale Miller and Jen Wiggins, three staff members and myself on the Board. Please take time to consider the information provided by each nominee, and nominate the three you would most like to see represent the school community over the next one to three years. (an email with a link will follow)

Attendance

I have written about the critical importance of regular school attendance on many occasions. The research on school attendance indicates that regular attendance patterns must begin in Kindergarten. Although enrolling a child in Kindergarten is not compulsory, once enrolled Kindy students’ attendance is compulsory.

There is also not an amount of ‘non-attendance’ that is okay. On any given day, children will be being introduced to something new; consolidating learning; completing a formal or informal assessment; working on an ongoing group project and attending specialist classes (which occur one day each week). For this reason, please do everything you can to ensure your child is at school every day, unless he or she is unwell.

If you are aware that your child is tired, I encourage you to have a chat to your child’s teacher. Your child might be (understandably) tired at the end of the day or week, but might not be showing signs of this at school, and/or may not require a day or a sleep-in to catch up. Similarly, if you are considering withdrawing your child to attend an external program (therapy/education) during school hours, please also speak with your child’s teacher, with Mrs Knowles or myself. Ideally, we will all be on the ‘same page’ and working together.

Finally, almost all absences during the school term will be recorded as ‘unauthorised’ for the purposes of the Department’s student attendance data, unless we are notified that your child is unwell. The only other time an absence other than illness can potentially be authorised pertains to travel during school due to an exceptional circumstance – for example travel to another State or country for a significant family event. If you find yourself in this position, please contact me, preferably via email, and in advance. I am only able to authorise these prior to the event.

NAPLAN Online

This year, Year 3 and Year 5 students will participate in NAPLAN. With the exception of Year 3 Writing, NAPLAN will be completed online as it was last year. Students will be familiar with online learning platforms, and at Kapinara NAPLAN is viewed as one of a number of assessments that provide us with information about what children know and can apply. A brochure will be sent home with students in Year 3 and Year 5 in the next day or two. NAPLAN will be completed between the 14 and 24 May. You will receive more specific dates closer to the time.

Year 6 Students

I would like to thank the Year 6 students for leading our assembly last Friday, and for sharing their ‘character strengths’ with us all. I look forward to talking about ‘strengths’ and ‘strengths-based’ approaches to learning and personal wellbeing, as the year progresses. I would like to congratulate the Year 6 students who were announced as Student Councillors and Faction Leaders at the assembly.

Congratulations to:
Jessica W and Nick J, Faction Leaders, Winter
Seb S and Zac A, Faction Leaders, Strickland
Isis S and Riley D-D, Faction Leaders, Elliott
Olivia Y, Nic T, Honey W and Lucy B, Student Councillors
I would also like to acknowledge the willingness of a significant number of other Year 6 students to step into a leadership role, and to stand in front of their peers, students in Years 4 and 5, and their teachers, to present a speech to this effect. Well done!

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell