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Principal Report 2019 | TERM TWO | 3 MAY

WELCOME BACK

Welcome back everyone. I trust that you all had a great 3 weeks and made some great memories with your family during the Easter Break. When my first child, Riley was ready for her first Easter hunt, the Easter Bunny decided that Riley much preferred to have chocolate coated strawberries (as they included fruit) for Easter. So the Easter bunny was up all night preparing these delights for the hunt the following morning. What a great idea right? Every year, the Easter Bunny has to continue the tradition of making chocolate coated strawberries and stay up late making them for now both of our children! The Easter Bunny sure is exhausted by the morning.

Most families have their own traditions that take place throughout the year. Keeping traditions for the holidays as well as the ordinary days help teach children the things their family values. Creativity and imagination play an important role in my family. The magic of imagination is something that both my partner and I value, hence the late nights to create something special for our children (wait til I tell you about what happens in our house in November). These moments are important, and my children, as do all children, remember these special traditions more than toys and gifts.

In a rapidly changing world, with improvements being made and the world evolving, the fear of loosing traditions is commonly felt with many. Currently at CNPS, we can see in a very short time how rapidly the school has changed and is continuing to change. In just 4 years, the school has changed from being a small school of just 250 students to a large school doubling in size with close to 550 students. This does have an impact on the school with changes being imminent. The school has also changed dramatically in appearance over the last year, turning into a construction site with the development of a new building and the loss of our basketball courts, playgrounds and just recently our amphitheater. This visual impact is not the only change that has occurred to the school. Due to the construction the school has lost the ability to continue many loved traditions such as the weekly Farmer’s Market and Twilight Sports. This term we will loose weekly assemblies, P&F events such as special lunches and the school disco.

The loss of these has caused many to wonder about the future culture of CNPS, with the fear of loosing the great community feel the school had in the past. I acknowledge that many families are concerned about the changes that have been occurring at the school over the last few years, and the future changes that the school is embarking upon such as refining the school values and investigating possibilities of upgrading our technology program. We are aware of the concerns that our community have about the current challenges in the school and although the school is evolving and working towards improving our current systems to match the future demands for our students, I am committed to return our valued traditions after the completion of the building and create new ones to replace ones that we have lost (for example looking at ways to replace the Farmer’s Market).

This year we have created a ‘Community Engagement’ team, led by Stephen Sharpe to address these issues. Stephen is leading a team of teachers and parents with the purpose of continuing to strengthen our community through community events and to work towards restoring and creating new traditions for our wonderful school. If you have any concerns or would love to tell us about the great things that are happening at CNPS, feel free to contact the school on our school’s email address and we can forward them to the Community Engagement team.

Anzac Day

Keeping the ANZAC tradition alive, last Sunday the School Captains Tom Halloway, Naomi Young and Ada Sutton-Heath, along with Debb Davis and I, participated in the Annual ANZAC Commemoration to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph at Rogers Reserve to acknowledge the contribution made by men and women who served their country in World War I and other conflicts or peace keeping missions. It was good to see many schools in our area participating in the service.

Tom, Naomi and Ada at the Cenotaph to lay a wreath for our soldiers.

Australian Imperial Force Database

The AIF (Australian Imperial Force) project was developed by the University of NSW (UNSW) to locate soldiers who served in World War I. Using the UNSW’s website: https://air.adfa.edu.au/index.html the school has discovered that David James Cairns DOIG resided at 180 O’Hea Road (Street) in 1918.

The link below shows a map constructed by the school using data from the above site of all the men and women who enlisted from the Coburg area during World War I. You may be living in a house or on a site with a connection an ANZAC. Please note that there are approximately another 50 men or women who have not been pinned to this map as there was no specific street address on their record.

www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=zKNVf4.kNxaMCmvdpGY

We encourage all families to search for ancestors who may have served in WWI and other conflicts.

Lest We Forget

Building Update

As you may be aware Stage Two of the Capital Works project commenced during the school holidays. Stage One is complete and there are new boundaries that are in place until the project is completed. The amphitheatre is now gone and the demolition crew will now be digging the concrete out of the ground. We anticipate the removal of all concrete to be finished by the end of next week.

Demolition in progress over the holidays and during first week back at school.

Building Stage Two New Access Around School

Stage 2 has commenced with new boundaries being put in place. Due to this we have lost another playground. We have decided to salvage it (the playground that was next to the amphitheater) and resurrect it on the edge of the oval (closest to the 5/6 portables). We are hoping that the playground will be up within the next coming weeks. Below is a map that outlines where the building site is. As you can see it is quite a walk to the toilets for those students on the oval. We have given umbrellas to every classroom for the upcoming rain season and we will be encouraging students to bring their rain boots if needed. We will be keeping a close eye on this area to ensure that it is safe for our students and staff. If you have any concerns with the new passages around the school, please let the school know.

Stage Two building site.

We would like to ask everyone to continue to be patient during this time. At the end of the year we will have another amazing building to add to our beautiful school.

Official Opening of Admin and Flexible Learning Building

This week Aunty Di Kerr, Wurundjeri Elder has informed us that she will be coming to our school to conduct a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony to welcome our new building to CNPS. The ceremony will take place this coming Monday at 11:45am in the Junior area of the school. MP Lizzie Blandthorn will also be there to celebrate and see how the project is going. All is welcome to attend and all is welcome to have a look through the building at this time. A big thank you to the Reconciliation team for organising this event for the school.

Find My School Website

The Department has released a new website that helps parents identify their local public school online.

Findmyschool.vic.gov.au launched on the 24 April and shows every school zone across the state. The new website highlights choice of public schools available to the Victorian community.

If your child is preparing to enter Year 7 and you want to know more about the public secondary school options in our area, or you know someone who is interested in enroling at our school. Try findmyschoool.vic.gov.au today.

If you have a question about the website, contact the Victorian School Building Authority Hotline on 1800 896 950 or email vsba@edumail.vic.gov.au

End of Term Finish Time

Last term it came to my attention that the end of term finish time was one hour earlier than departmental guidelines. Upon investigation, this is correct. The end time at the end of each term (except the last term) must finish no later than 2:30pm. The last day of school, may finish earlier with having a minimum of 4 teaching hours on that day (1:30pm). I apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have any concerns regarding departmental policies or the running of the school, feel free to contact me on the school’s email address.

School Calendar on Compass

For all school events, please look on the calendar on Compass. Here you will see all events that are occurring in the school over the year. At the beginning of each term we add new events to the calendar once it has been confirmed by our school improvment team. If you are having any troubles with accessing Compass or receiving information, please contact our office.

CNPS School Calendar on Compass

Curriculum Day Update

On the first two days back of this term our staff participated in two information packed curriculum days that are preparing ourselves for the work laid out in the school’s Annual Implementation Plan. The first day we delved deeper into the skills required to facilitate inquiry. We were immersed in a range of thinking tools and organisers that support student’s thinking and their ability to think critically and creatively.

The second day we began to get a better understanding of the process of Professional Learning Communities. We took a look at our Mathematics data and how we can use this to critically analyse student’s point of growth and use research to guide our teaching practice to teach at each student’s point of need. We explored the notion of differentiation and the difficulties that lie within teaching at many levels within a classroom. We watched a Ted Talk by Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy. This was an extremely insightful talk where he discusses the importance of teaching for mastery, not test scores. What stood out for all of us, is that it is possible to do this with modern technology and the use of one to one devices to assist with differentiation. Sal spoke about reimagining of what education could and perhaps should look like in the 21st century. I encourage all to watch this Ted Talk.

IPad Engagment Forum

This Monday, the iPad Working party met to discuss how we can better engage our community to be informed about the possibility of introducing a BYO iPad program to CNPS. The party, consisting of teachers and parents, decided that a F&Q (Frequently Asked Questions) that contains all of the questions that have been asked over various platforms to be sent out to parents before the iPad forum next week. The F&Q will include a summary of the school’s vision with a list of all of the questions that parents have, and a list of research papers (3 positive reviews and 3 reviews containing things to consider). We hope that this will assist families with their thinking about the program. Following this, an engagement forum will take place where the school will give examples of how iPads can enhance student’s learning, with the majority of the evening left as an open forum for parents. All are welcome to attend the evening. This will take place on Wednesday next week at 6:30pm in the new building.

2018 Annual Report to the School Community

Our 2018 Annual report was finalised at our last School Council meeting. It is available to access on our school’s website. You will also find our 2019 Annual Implementation Plan on the website.

If you have gotten to the end of this newsletter, well done! It was a big one this week. Enjoy the next fortnight,

Monika Gruss

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