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 (welcome) back to school for another great term of learning. This term we will finally commence our school review. The school review team will consist of our School Improvement Team (SIT), School Council President, Robbie Napper, our challenge partners Lyn Davie (New Pedagogies for Deep Learning specialist) and Belinda Karlsson (Principal at Gladstone Views Primary School, expert in data and wellbeing), our SEIL (Senior Education Improvement Leader), Tony Privitelli, an independent reviewer Carol Every from Valad Solutions and myself. I am looking forward to working with this dynamic team and look forward to sharing our findings with our community at the end of this term.
CNPS Leaders Represent the School for ANZAC Day
Keeping the ANZAC tradition alive, on Sunday 25 April, the School Captains and I, participated in the Annual ANZAC Commemoration. Captains laid a wreath at the Pascoe Vale RSL to acknowledge the contributions made by men and women who served their country in war, other conflicts or peace keeping missions. It was a beautiful ceremony with many people and representatives from other local schools in attendance for this significant event.
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.
We encourage all families to search for ancestors who may have served in WWI and other conflicts.
Lest We Forget
Vale Sian Harrison
A great sadness was felt amongst our students, staff and parent community this month with the loss of a much loved mother and friend to many of our parent community. Siân Harrison, passed away on the 19 April after a prolonged illness.
Siân has been a committed member of Parents and Friends and a very active member of the school community from 2016 when Tom joined our school community in Prep. She always helped on craft stalls, Mothers and Fathers’ day stalls and the Parents’ and Friends special school lunch days. Her involvement extended to participation in the Farmers’ Market activities, CNPS exercise boot camp and coffee mornings with other parents who worked to raise funds for school projects.
Siân’s funeral on Tuesday 27 April at Coburg Town Hall was a wonderful celebration of her life and was attended by many parents, their children and school staff. Siân was loved by many, she will be greatly missed.
For those who would like to pay their respects to the Harrison family can do so by donating to the National Breast Cancer Foundation at: https://fundraise.nbcf.org.au/fundraisers/ameliaoneill/in-loving-memory-of-si--n-harrison
NAPLAN (National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy), is run by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). They provide four tests that are administered by teachers annually to all Australian students in grades 3, 5, 7 and 9 on the same day across Australia.
Students are assessed in reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy.
The data that is gathered from these tests are collated and posted as an average performance against other schools in the country on the government website, ‘My School’ and is used for schools in developing their School Strategic Plans (SSP) and Annual Implementation Plans (AIP).
‘NAPLAN is not a test of content. Instead it tests skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed over time through the school curriculum.' (NAP, 2012)
At CNPS, we do not teach to the test or spend excessive time on test preparation. If your child is discussing the up coming NAPLAN testing period, put their mind at ease by telling them not to worry and to do their best. At school our teachers are working on the way our students look at tests by positively preparing them by looking at them as a text type and teaching it as we would any other text type.
If you have any concerns over the upcoming NAPLAN assessment, please contact Kyla Mamic at Kyla.Mamic@education.vic.gov.au
2021 NAPLAN ASSESSMENT PERIOD
- Tuesday May 11 - Language Conventions and Writing
- Wednesday May 12 - Reading
- Thursday May 13 - Numeracy
2022 Foundation Information Session
Enrolments for 2022 are now open. If you have a child that will be starting in 2022, please contact the office to get an enrolment form. We will be holding our Foundation Information session on the Tuesday 25 May at 7pm. We will be talking about the school's vision and our teaching and learning program at the school.
Story Time is back at CNPS. After our Foundation information session, we will be starting our much loved Story Time as part of our transition program. Please contact the office every Wednesday after 10am to book a place for you and your children. Places are limited.
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 Improvement Team. If you are having any troubles with accessing Compass or receiving information, please contact our office.
Public Annual Report
Prior to our next School Council meeting (7pm on the 26 May), we will be holding our Annual Public Report Meeting. This is an opportunity for school council to report on the Annual Report and proceedings of the council since the date of the previous public meeting.
Victorian public schools do not hold AGMs but rather an Annual Public Report meeting. The purpose of this meeting is for information to be reported only. For community members who are wanting to provide input into school council matters, you can do this through speaking to one of our school council members, or by emailing the school directly. If you are interested in coming along to the listen to our Annual Report findings, please let me know by emailing the office at firstname.lastname@example.org for a visitor request form. Our Annual Report is posted on the school’s website for public viewing.
That is all from me for this month, take care and enjoy the last few warm days of Autumn.
Ride & Stride 2021
CNPS is excited to announce that we are one of two schools selected to participate in the Moreland City Council 2021 Ride & Stride Pilot!
The pilot program is designed to get more of Moreland’s children and families travelling actively, creating healthier and happier people and places in Moreland!
CNPS will work with council to design a bespoke, integrated program to encourage active travel to and from the school gates. The program will be delivered in Term 2 and 3.
The program will combine investment in technological active travel equipment for the school, specifically trialing the installation of a gamified transport technology, along with a suite of active travel behaviour change initiatives that are selected by and delivered with students, teachers, parents/carers and the local community.
We will provide more details in the coming weeks about how students and parents can be involved in the pilot.
A big thank you to Robbie Nappier and Gabby Young for helping with our application and the work to come.
Nude Food Competiton
Parents and Friends
Remembering Siân Harrison
As most of you will know, the school community this week farewelled school parent Siân Harrison, who passed away 14 months to the day after being diagnosed with cancer. Siân was a shining soul who will be greatly missed around the school, especially so by the Parents & Friends group, where she turned up regularly, with a generous heart and wry humour. Siân was a regular helper, crafter and particularly baker, whose skills in the kitchen helped swell the stocks at many a Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day stall. She was always quick to whip up a large slice or tins of biscuits for stalls, coffee mornings or special events, and was a regular face at the school’s barbecue stall back when CNPS hosted the local Farmers’ Market. Her family has set up a donation page with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to fund research into the aggressive lobular triple negative breast cancer with which Siân was diagnosed. Dearest Siân, rest in peace.