NAPLAN started this week and students and staff engaged with the assessment in their usual calm and positive way! In fact, I have never seen kids so excited to complete an assessment! As a school we have been dedicated in ensuring that the students take on various learning challenges in a positive, resilient manner and this definitely shows when we do NAPLAN. Thank you to all the parents that also support this. Our aim is to support young people to take on all challenges they are presented with and know how to manage these in a positive and productive way. Very big thank you to Ms Goodwin, Mr J, and all the year 3 and 5 teachers for their help with the organising of this.
We warmly welcome our new School Psychologist, Emme Viney. Emme will be working one day a week and a few days throughout each term. Emme will be working closely with our Student Services team, Mrs J Morgan and Ms McNamara. We also warmly welcome Paul Stokes who began with us this week as our Chaplain. Paul is keen to be part of CPS and support our directions on the health and wellbeing of our students. He will also be working with the Students Services team. There will be ongoing information coming out in our newsletters once the team have settled in.
We have had a few anaphylactic incidents lately due to children sharing food. We have a no sharing food policy as well as being a nut aware school. We have discussed this the students and will continue to review regularly. We have also noticed an increase in lunches being delivered that are not of the healthy variety. We actively encourage parents to pack a healthy lunch for the children ensuring we continue our healthy eating message across the school. If you would like further information there are plenty of ideas at the Crunch and Sip website.
I continue to work closely with the Police, Traffic Warden State Management Unit, Board Chair and P & C to engage a new Traffic Warden on Cromarty Road. The lack of traffic wardens continues to be a concern for the police who say the shortage is now at unprecedented low levels. We have suggested other options i.e.: flashing lights which would be an option to keep our children safe when we do not have a Warden but is obviously not a permanent solution. Our local MLA Christine Tonkin is also fully aware of the situation and is an active campaigner for all the local schools who are in the same position. If you or anyone you know might be interested in becoming a warden, please contact the Police traffic on 6274 8734.
Life has a way of placing challenges in your way, some more overwhelming than others, and through this you get to see the amazing resilience and kindness of people. For my family we have been faced with a huge challenge. A week before Christmas my beautiful 10 yo granddaughter was diagnosed with leukemia, which has been devastating for us all. It certainly makes you reflect on what is important and what is not and how strong people can be. It’s also made me reflect on the number of our families who have and are battling with this horrendous disease. I am in awe of their strength and resilience, they are truly heroes.
I share this with the community as I value and respect the generosity, kindness and value you have on giving back to others less fortunate than ourselves. So, I ask, and please there is no obligation, to support the Kids Cancer Support Group who do such amazing work for the sick kids and their families and Perth Children’s Hospital. You can find lots of information at this Facebook link or on this page here. There will be a box placed in the front office if you would like to drop off any ‘Lucky Dip’ goodies and I will ensure they get to the group for distribution.