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.
Welcome back everyone. We had a great start to the year with all students in Year 1 to Year 6 settling in very quickly. This coming Monday, we look forward to welcoming our Foundation students to our CNPS family for their very first day of primary school. It will be a very special moment for both our new preppies and their parents. No doubt there will be a few tears on Monday. All Foundation parents are welcome to stay behind for our Tea and Tears gathering after saying goodbye to their children.
What an interesting year 2021 will be. Whatever this year brings, we are all ready and geared up to ensure that we will have a great year full of learning and fun. We have lots of great initiatives this year that will enhance our student's creativity, academic, social and emotional wellbeing skills. We are also so very pleased to commence our playground works that will see an inclusive playground adjacent to our Booeegigat building as well as our very own Kitchen Garden (next to our Wa-Dam-Bak building opposite the basketball courts). All works are hoped to be completed by the end of term 2 (fingers crossed). This year we will move into our second stage of our Ground’s Master Planning process, where we will present our student, staff and parent feedback to the community and start developing plans using this information. Stay tuned for more information regarding our workshops this term.
The year 2020 challenged us all with frequent changes, quick adaptions, and the need to continually care for other's wellbeing. The impacts of COVID-19 affected us in many different ways and will take some time for recovery. Data collected from the Department of Education and Training (DET) found that approximately 10% of Victorian students were impacted negatively both mentally and academically. Due to this, the Victorian government has made a commitment to invest heavily in a COVID recovery plan which includes setting 3 clear Key Improvement Strategies for every school in Victoria.
DET KEY IMPROVEMENT PRIORITIES
- Learning, catchup and extension
- Happy, healthy and active kids
- Connected schools
We have worked hard over the holiday break to develop a strong recovery plan that reflects these three key improvement strategies.
LEARNING, CATCHUP AND EXTENSION
- Professional Learning Communities - Staff will be working collaboratively in teams to analyse data, research best practice, and implement a strong teaching plan that will focus on improving student’s academic skills in literacy and mathematics.
- Tutoring Program - Students who have been identified as not making significant growth during Remote and Flexible Learning will be provided with a tutoring program developed by their classroom teacher. For more information, see CNPS Tutoring Initiative.
HAPPY, HEALTHY, ACTIVE KIDS
- School Wide Positive Behaviors - Staff and students will be working collaboratively to develop positive learning environments as part of our Positive Behaviors program. This includes a strong focus on developing our values and what they look like at CNPS.
- Respectful Relationships - We will be continuing our journey to embed the Respectful Relationships curriculum across the school. A particular focus will be incorporating this within our inquiry program.
- Increased Wellbeing Supports - This year we will be introducing various whole school wellbeing awareness activities through national events such as the International Day of Happiness, International Day of Friendship, Harmony Day and World Mental Health Day.
- Inquiry and Digital Learning - This year we will be introducing SeeSaw in Foundation to Year 6 to create a powerful learning loop between students, teachers and families. Families will gain a window into their student's learning and engage in home to school connections. In addition to this, we will be releasing various apps for learning that students will be able to access both at home and at school to enhance student achievement and engagement in learning.
CNPS Tutoring Initiative
In line with DET’s (Department of Education and Training) Tutor Learning Initiative, Coburg North Primary School has designed a model for tutoring that will support our students whose learning has been disrupted as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
In order for us to get the best results possible, we have decided to use our tutoring funding (equivalent to one teacher) to provide release for our classroom teachers to tutor their own students. This model allows for a greater number of students to gain tutoring time from a teacher who knows their learning needs best.
In order for this to happen, we have introduced a STEM specialist class. During STEM sessions, groups of up to five students will be taken out by the classroom teacher for 20 minutes at a time, over 4 weeks to be tutored. The tutoring group will also be seen a minimum of 3 times a week during in their reading/mathematic block during targeted teaching groups, focusing on lifting achievement in their selected goal. Parents will be informed of students who have been selected (based on reading and mathematics data) with a list of resources and supports for parents to assist with at home to allow for greater success of academic achievement.
Our teachers will be using the Professional Learning Communities Inquiry cycle to inform their teaching. More information about this cycle can be found at: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/management/improvement/plc/Pages/default.aspx .
If you have any further questions about our 2021 Tutoring program, please contact the school at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcoming New Staff to the CNPS team
Top: Melanie, Shannon, Candice, Zacharia, Natasha, Paul, Bottom: Eva, Jessie, Grace
With a growing school comes growing staff. This year we have 6 new teachers, 4 returning teachers, and 3 new Education Support teachers. We would like to welcome to our CNPS team the following staff members. We are very happy to recruit these excellent staff members that will no doubt bring much to our dynamic CNPS family.
New Teaching Staff: Grace Pear; Jessie Wright; Natasha McGirr; Shannon Dowling; Melanie Adams; Candice Vanzin.
Returning Staff: Eva Norbury; Lewis Bainbridge; Lynne Evans (term 1); Courtney Jory (term 2); Carmel Post (term 4).
Education Support Staff: Alika Abeck; Kiarra-Lee Quinn and Zacharia Abdulwahed (School Technician), Paul Sutton (Facilities Manager).
Meet our 2021 School Captains
Rowan, Ted, Abigail and Camille