2021 Class Input Survey
This time of year, we often get questions about how class lists for the next school year are developed. After we have a rough idea of how many enrolments we have we can begin to work out how many classes we can afford. Once this has been completed, 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. Please be advised that we do not place students into classes based on choice. We would like to ask that all requests be sent to me via email by Friday, 30th 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 be writing down a list of 5 friends that they would like to work with.
Class Composition Process: The following is how we compose class lists for the following year.
- 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. Parents are informed that they are unable to request specific teachers.
- Closing Date: All emails must be received by the last week in 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.
- Class Placement: After the closing date for parent input, the principal will direct teaching staff to prepare class lists on the software 'Class Creator', for the following year. The criteria listed above is used, including both teacher and parent input.
- Draft Classlists: The draft list is provided to the principal where it is directed to our Welfare team. This is then reviewed by the principal who will meet with each grade level team to discuss the classlists based upon the criteria.
- Parents are informed: Parents are informed of their child’s class placements prior to the end of the school year. This is generally in the last week of the year.
If you would like input into your child’s class for 2021, please send your request to the school’s email address (firstname.lastname@example.org), with the subject: 2021 Parent Input. If you have made a request in the past and you feel that you would like that request to be continued in 2021, please send an email again as we start a fresh new list every year.
Buildings and Grounds
Last term the school's buildings was audited by DET. This initiative (Rolling Funds Evaluation), allows DET to review school's buildings and determine what needs to be fixed and within what time frame. Through this evaluation a number of OHS issues were found to which we will need to fix over the next year.
As mentioned in an earlier Compass alert, our chicken shed needed to be dismantled as well as attention to the nearby compost station that was attracting unwanted visitors (rats) to the school.
We managed to keep parts of the chicken shed structure to create a temporary shade for students, while we wait for our Master Plan to redevelop the entire area suited for junior students. We will spruce it up with a little bit of paint next month.
Chicken Shed remodelled as a shaded area for students.
We have saved the artwork from the chicken shed and are storing it until we start work in our school garden, Coburg Crop (temporary name) in the future. We have also kept the chicken door which has been turned into a table for my office. I love my new table!
I will be getting a piece of glass to go over the top. Don't you love it!
Looking through the school fence on Bishop Street, you will have noticed that the wooden blocks, plastic crates and pots have been taken away. Unfortunately we had to send them to a better place, as these were no longer safe. We look forward to creating a similar concept that inspires imaginative play in our Master Plan that we hope to have developed by the end of the year. We would like to thank all parents, students and teachers for their input last year for our playground plans. All your ideas are being considered by our Master Plan architects.
Coburg Crop Concept Draft
Ok, this is pretty exciting stuff! Seriously I am so excited by our draft design for our future Kitchen Garden Project (aka Coburg Crop). As part of our Master Plan, the school community (students, staff and parents) gave us ideas on what they would like to see in a kitchen garden. From these ideas, they have put together something pretty amazing... yes the chickens will be coming back!
In 2021, we will be getting half of our land back from the Montessori and will be turning this into our very own Coburg Crop. This space is aimed to be built for the students and our community to enjoy. It is planned for a future monthly market to be held to sell plants from our garden as well as having a truck load of markets onsite adjacent to the garden.
Check out the design below and if you think of any modifications that are needed, please give us your feedback on the following link: