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.
Wominjeka everyone! My apologies for the late Monthy newsletter. The sudden Curcuit Breaker lockdown sure did put a spanner in the works and has left us all here at school chasing our tails. We have a few announcements in this email that we needed to wait a little while longer (you can blame Covid).
Although it might have been a rocky start to the term with the lockdown, there have been some great things happening at school and outside that we’d like to share with you in this newsletter. Schools sure are busy places, and it makes me very proud to see all of the wonderful work and achievements that have been happening in the school.
Before we look at what has been happening in the school, I’d like to congratulate the Kerr and Tracy family with the exciting news of their cousin Ria Thompson winning a bronze medal for the Women’s Qadruple Scull (rowing team). This was a nail-biting finish, with the team coming from way behind to seal the Bronze medal. Well done to the “Speed Queens”, Ria Thompson, Rowena Meredith, Harriet Hudson and Caitlin Cronin.
School Strategic Plan Finalised
The School Strategic Plan (SSP), has been finalised and ratified by school council last week. The plan is now available for our community to read. It is accessible to download on our school’s website.
I am very excited about our new plan. It was thoughtfully thought out and I believe captures the school’s vision and direction very well. Our Goals and Key Improvement Strategies (KIS) over the next 2 and a half years will be:
Goal One: Improve literacy and numeracy outcomes for all students.
Key Improvement Strategies:
- Develop a documented ‘Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum’ that is monitored.
- Develop data and evidence informed teaching and learning.
- Embed Professional Learning Communities across the school.
Goal Two: Improve student engagement in learning.
Key Improvement Strategies:
- Embed consistent planning, teaching, and assessment processes to deepen learning through an Inquiry approach.
- Empower students to action voice, agency, and leadership.
- Embed the breadth and depth of the Victorian Curriculum to ensure a challenging differentiated program.
Goal Three: Embed a positive climate for learning.
Key Improvement Strategies:
- Develop and embed a whole school approach to wellbeing and inclusion.
- Empower parents as partners in learning.
That is all from me for now. Read on to find out just a few of the exciting happenings in the school.
Building and Grounds Update
No students during school holidays and yet another lockdown has meant we have completed loads of work at Coburg North!
The Inclusive Playground site has been handed over by our contractors and will be ready for use when kids return to school. It is a fantastic space with much needed play equipment. There are also plans for expanding the site in the months to come so keep an eye out for more changes!
The Coburg Crop is well underway with some major work already complete. There are two shipping containers permanently located on site and the foundations for the gardens, concrete benches, BBQs, and pizza oven are all established. Check out the amazing fencing constructed of reclaimed hard wood and the steel framework that will sit above the garden beds!
I will be building a chook shed, propagation house and fitting out the shipping containers too. We even managed to transplant some of the established trees from the site to the area to the east of the hall.
Little Darlings Portrait Competition
The Little Darlings Portrait competition is still going and you can submit your entries. Entries close on Friday 10th of September. Remember the theme ‘What is it to be Australian?’ ‘How can you express identity through a portrait’ ‘ is the identity family, community,
culture, nation or something else?’. If you win in the schools competition then your entry goes into the Little Darlings Portrait Prize and you get a chance to win a prize and will have your work sent to the National Portrait Gallery Canberra.
If you are entering this competition, please make sure that you have filled in the relevant paperwork. You will find the links below:
Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter piece.
Bye from the Art Captains,
Tilly and Holly
Grade 3-6 Athletics Carnival - 9th August
Grade F-2 Mini Olympics - 13th August
Book Week is Coming
This year, CNPS will be celebrating CBCA’s annual Book Week from the 21st to the 27th of August. The exciting new theme for this year is: Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds. In light of this wonderful occasion, we are hosting a few events:
Book Week Parade
There will be two Parades for Grades F-2 and Grades 3-6. The parade will be held on Friday the 27th of August.
Due to COVID restrictions, parents will not be allowed onsite to watch the parade at this current time. If these current restrictions remain in place on Parade Day, parents will be able to watch the parade online. There will be more information regarding this in the next couple of weeks.
Check out the CBCA’s website for more information and costume ideas. https://www.cbca.org.au/cbca-book-week
Looking forward to seeing you in your costumes!
Book Tasting is a classroom event, where students have the opportunity to bring in a favourite book to share and share their enthusiasm in a book report with their peers. The book report is then constructed and placed on a piece of food. The piece of food might be mentioned in the book or the students choice. Students can construct their food using recyclable materials like cardboard and paper. Here are some examples of what a book tasting looks like:
Next week, students will be asked to begin bringing in their own materials (paper not included) they might need to construct their book report as this will be done in class.
Some materials that they might like to bring along:
- baking paper
- paper plate
- kitchen sponge
Families will be reminded next week about the materials students might need.
Virtual Family Reading Night
Virtual Family Reading Night will take place on Thursday from 5:30pm onwards. Families can get in nice and cosy in their pajamas with hot chocolate and listen to our teachers' favourite stories. Stories will be sent through in a link on Compass on the night, where families will be directed to our CNPS Virtual Library. Families then can choose which teacher or story they would like to listen to.
If you would like any more information about our Book Week events please contact me.
Master Planning Workshop Coming Soon
We have been working with Bryant Alsop Architects to create a masterplan for our school, which is intended to meet the future needs of CNPS and our community.
As part of our inquiry into how inequalities influence the world, on Thursday the 15th of July, Grade 5s we were lucky enough to meet AFLW Collingwood football player, Brittany Bonnici. We learnt about her childhood, where she grew up and some amazing facts about her.
Brittany told us about her life growing up and how she ended up playing for Collingwood. When she was 6 she started to play Auskick, and ended up in a boys team, but at 14 she wasn’t allowed to play with the boys, and had to find a girls team. Her sports teacher told her to join her club so Brittany did, and later on was selected for Collingwood (AFLW) but was concussed. She wasn’t allowed to play or eat certain foods, read certain size fonts or be on a screen too long for almost a year. She then went to the doctor who told her that her body was fine, her head was fine but she could not play football because she was a girl. She then went to a doctor who told her she could play.
Thank you so much for coming to our school (and signing your autograph so many times!). It has been an honour learning all about you.
From Grade 5 at CNPS.