Welcome to our first official newsletter for 2019. A special welcome is extended to all of our new students and their families and our new staff. It has been great to see all of our students returning from their summer break with energy and enthusiasm for learning. We hope that this will be maintained throughout the year as they encounter new learning experiences and activities. We hope 2019 will be a very rewarding and productive year for every student at our school as their learning journey continues throughout the year; being challenged but supported with new knowledge and skills, we hope that they embrace all of their studies and learning within a positive learning environment. Please share your ideas, encouragements and concerns with us whenever possible so that we can continue to provide the best possible learning environment for your child.
Over the holiday break, some work was conducted around the school in readiness for the changes to our play spaces. This has included the removal of some our primary playground equipment. As a result of this and our increase in numbers all students will have access to the top part of the oval for ball games at both recess and lunchtimes. We are having new swings installed this term in both the Early Years and Primary play areas. We are also eagerly awaiting the outcome of the tender process for our crow’s nest and Japanese Garden design and costings. This all access play space will be constructed in the space between the Performing Arts Transportable and the green shed. Once tender process is completed design scope will be displayed in the front office and foyer windows of both buildings. We also extend special thanks to Brad Smith for the improvements to the front of our school over the last few months. We appreciate the hours he has spent volunteering at our school and hope that with the support of others in our community at a working bee, and more optimal planting weather, it will soon be completed.
This term is shaping up to be busy with various activities scheduled for our students. RAA Road Safety Workshops for R-4 students, SAPOL Road Traffic Monitor Training for Years 5-7, Leadership Day 6/7s, Skeleton Crew for R-2, Swimming for R-5 and Learning Conversations will be held during Weeks 9 and 10. Sports Day will be held during Term 2. Please note that there is a Pupil Free Day on FRIDAY FEBRUARY 22nd with all staff attending a Partnership T&D off site. Our 2019 focus will be on moderation of maths. We ask that you record these significant dates in your diary, and refer to Skoolbag, Facebook and future newsletters (even weeks) to remain informed about exact dates for all of these events.