CNPS SCHOOL VISION: To build a community of curious, creative and engaged learners who are empowered to meet the challenges of our rapidly changing world. Collectively we will work with our students to become responsible global citizens who have the skills, knowledge and personal attributes they need for their future.
I’ll be honest, I have found it especially hard to know how to start the newsletter for this month with everyone feeling miserable. Let’s face it, it hasn’t been easy. The ongoing lockdown is most definitely proving difficult for everyone. So I thought I would give you some peace of mind in letting you know that you are doing a great job! I know that many of you, who are not able to spend time with your children online are worried about your child’s learning, well don’t be! Let me reassure you, that if you cannot get online to help your kids, it will be okay.
When our students return to full-time learning at school, we will assess where they are up to, and put a plan in place to catchup any learning lost. When it’s time, we’ll get them back on a nutritious diet of academic achievement and a training regime of connecting positively to others. It will be okay. The one thing I am certain of is the capacity of our staff to make sure that we are providing the best we can for our students. We have seen this first hand with the amazing teaching behind the screen from all of our teachers. Their flexibility and adaptability is one that I truly admire. So, please rest easy knowing that we will be there for your children and will do our very best to get them back on track.
Parent input for 2022 Classlists
This time of year, we often get questions about how class lists for the next school year are developed. This is not as simple as it might seem as it involves an extensive process that takes up most of Term 4.
After we know our indicative enrolments for the following year, the Department allocates our staffing budget. This then allows us to create class numbers and sizes to fit within the budget allocated to the school. Once we have determined our class numbers and sizes, we can begin working on developing class lists for the following year. This is a lengthy process as many factors need to be considered.
We construct classes based upon a composition that includes:
- Students with special learning styles and needs
- High achieving students
- Balanced male/female ratios
- Known interpersonal relationships that will maintain a positive class climate
- Teacher recommendation
- Parent concerns
Parent Requests: Parent requests are one of the considerations that we consider during this process. It is important to note that parent requests are only considered based upon the student’s positive or negative influence they may have when being placed within a classroom. It is important to note that we do not place students into classes based on choice. We would like to ask that all requests be sent to me (principal) via email by Friday, 22nd October. This is an important deadline as emails received after that date will be too late to be considered.
Student Friendship Groups: When creating class lists we ensure that every student has at least one friend in their future class based on their friendship list. As we have to consider many factors when creating class lists, it is not always possible to have all/most of your child's friends on their list. All students will write down a list of 5 friends that they believe they would work well with. Students are told that they will have at least one friend from their list.
Class Composition Process: The following is how we compose class lists for the following year.
1. Newsletter: Parents are notified in the newsletter to write an email to the principal if they want to give input regarding their child’s placement. Parents requests are only considered based upon the student’s positive or negative influence they may have in the classroom. We ask that you don’t request a teacher.
2. Closing Date: All emails must be received by Friday 22nd October in order to be considered. This is an important deadline as emails received after that date will be too late as it interferes with the placement process.
3. Class Placement: After the closing date for parent input, the principal will direct the teaching staff to prepare class lists for 2022 based on the criteria listed above including both teacher and parent input using the program, Class Creator.
4. Draft Class lists: The draft list is provided to the principal where it is then directed to our specialist team for their recommendation. This is then forwarded to the Wellbeing team where they work together with the principal class to finalise the list. This is then reviewed with each year level team to discuss the final lists based upon the criteria.
5. Parents are informed: Parents are informed of their child’s class placements prior to the end of the school year.
If you would like input into your child’s class, please send your request to the school’s email address (firstname.lastname@example.org), with the subject: 2022 Parent Input. If you have made a request in the past and you feel that you would like that request to be continued in 2022, please send an email again as we start a fresh new list every year.
We are expecting to receive your child's NAPLAN 's results in the mail within the next couple of weeks. We will let you know when it arrives.
Until next month, take care of yourselves and remember that you are doing a fantastic job.
Buildings and Grounds August 2021
The building work continues at Coburg North despite the lockdowns…
Due to the current lock down, we have decided to postpone the CNPS master plan community consultation session, scheduled for 1 September. The masterplan will help decide how we want our school to look and function in the future and it is very important that we get your input. I will schedule a new date for the session as soon as possible.
Essential Safety Measures (ESM)
CNPS has undergone an ESM audit. Schools should inspect, test and maintain the essential safety measures that help students, staff and visitors evacuate safely in the event of a fire or other emergency. We have established a new maintenance timetable and recording system to make sure the school complies with the department guidelines. This includes a new testing schedule and logbook system for our automatic doors, emergency lighting, exit signage, fire hydrants and means of egress.
Internet bandwidth upgrade
CNPS has received an internet bandwidth upgrade with our capacity being increased from 200 Mbps to 600 Mbps. The education department is aiming to provide at least one Mbps per student. Testing is underway to ensure the upgrade is delivering the expected increase in capacity.
During the Christmas school holidays, the outdoor basketball / netball courts at CNPS will be resurfaced. An acrylic, resin material will be applied to the existing asphalt courts giving the students non-slip, comfortable and great looking sports courts. We are all looking forward to seeing the final product! This photo will give you an idea of how the courts will look when they are complete.
The contractor work on the Coburg Crop will be finished in early September. We will then move to the next stage of development, building a chicken coop, propagation house, compost bays, and joinery for the open air teaching areas and completing the fit out of the shipping containers – amongst other things! I am really looking forward to planting the first crops and getting the students and community involved.
There are benches with solid concrete tops that will be great for working, chopping, cleaning and learning. Bird netting will be cover the garden’s steel structure and the BBQ, the pizza oven and the shade sail will all be operational soon!
Students have not had much time to enjoy this new play equipment but it was great to see how happy this space made everyone. It has already become a central play area. The next stage of landscaping has been confirmed and will start in September.
Bishop Street Gate
We have had ongoing issues with the pedestrian gate on Bishop Street. Providing safe access for OSHC users, parents, students and staff has been a challenge for some time. Rather than continuing with multiple padlocks and combination locks, we have now installed an integrated, coded gate lock that should solve this problem.
Our maintenance focus this month has been the guttering at CNPS. I have been (safely) getting on to the roof and checking, cleaning and repairing the gutters. It is a nice view when you are up on top of the school!
School Council News
Across the operation of school council and our various working groups and committees one thing is clear at the moment - the need to look after each other. While it is very encouraging in tough times to see some great work progressing on the school grounds, there's also a range of activities that we can't do, or have chosen not to do for now. The Pandemic is clearly part of this in some direct decisions where, for example, us parents and carers can't get on to school grounds. In some other cases, we've decided that now isn't the best time for launching new initiatives. These will happen when the time is right. For now let's look out for the teachers who are working so hard in difficult circumstances, the school leaders and staff keeping everything working, and ourselves, the school community.
all the best,
CNPS School Council President
Coburg North CinemACT Logo Competition
Earlier in the Term, the Year 5/6 students entered into a competition to design a logo for the Coburg North CinemACT. The winning entries were transformed into our advertising and awards for the upcoming Film Festival.
Thank you to all entrants, your designs were incredible and it made the decision extremely difficult to make. A big congratulations to our 4 winners - Salma Mogharbel, Nieva Gross, Ada Hensgen and Rayhaan Jaleel. Here are the final advertisements!