December is upon us and we are now in the last days of the year at school. It’s been a huge year for all of us and despite not having many opportunities to see each other face to face, I would like to thank all of our students and families for staying connected, for your communication, feedback and support. In particular, I would like to sincerely thank the Winmalee High P&C for their continued support this year. I have really appreciated maintaining our regular meetings and the consultation on a range of matters. This wonderful team has provided such valuable support to Winmalee High this year. Thank you.
This week we have had presentation assemblies for each year group, with our Annual Presentation Evening taking place last night. I would like to congratulate every student for their personal and learning progress this year and also commend all award winners for their high academic achievement. This year, as mentioned in previous communication, our Presentation Evening was a very small event and included only the major award winners this year. It was our first event with parents and carers on site since early March and it was very special to have our community attend. Our Presentation Evening was streamed via our Facebook page. If you get a chance, it is worth watching the amazing student performances! Thank you to the P&C for facilitating this event to be live streamed. A special thanks must also go to Mrs Shead, Mrs Rachel Jones and Mrs Kimberly McGregor for their organisation for the assemblies and also to our 2021 Captains, Vice Captains and Prefects for hosting and speaking at the events across the week.
Our Strategic Improvement Plan - we have been working on our Strategic Directions, Purpose statements, and our Vision and Context statements as part of our preparations for a new planning cycle. The P&C and groups of students have given us some terrific feedback so far and we would like to share our draft with you. The draft statements can be viewed online and we would really appreciate any feedback – the statements and survey can be accessed here. In Term 1, we will be writing our plan and will be consulting with the community further.
Next year, the Department has adjusted School Development Days for 2021. The number of days remains the same, but there are now 2 days at the beginning of Term 1 as a result of these changes. This means that Friday 29 January is the first day of school for Year 7, 11 and 12. Year 8, 9 and 10 will resume on Monday 1 February. On the first Tuesday back, our annual School Swimming carnival will be held at the Glenbrook pool. If you haven't signed the permission note for this, another copy of the note is included in this newsletter. For planning, it is important that this note is completed and returned by the end of this year.
Students in Year 7-10 will receive their Semester 2 Academic Reports this week. Any students who are absent can collect their reports from the front office. If there are any families who are going away on an early holiday and need to take extended leave, there is a Department form at the bottom of this Newsletter which needs to be completed and returned to our office please. Paper copies are also available at the front office. The last day of school for students is Wednesday 16 December.
With restrictions lifting and NSW doing well, I hope that everyone gets to spend time with family and friends over the Christmas break and that your travels are safe. Thank you for being such an amazing school community. I look forward to starting a new year with you all in 2021.