|Show Day School Closure||Friday 4 September|
|Pupil Free||Monday 7 September|
|Pupil Free||Friday 30 October|
The time has finally come. My final newsletter after 16 years.
Time as part of the ever growing and evolving Henley Beach Primary community has been wonderful. Staying true to the vision and values of the school has always been a strong driver for me. There of course have been conflicts and disagreements along the way however the ultimate creation, working together with staff, students and community, has been a school that is outstanding in many ways. I can fondly remember many of our year 7 students either as babies in pushers through to wide eyed pre-schoolers arriving for a tour or transition visits. For some it is your older brothers and sisters that are now in their early twenties.
Across the years I have fond memories of the massive community support given to the school. Working bees of more than 70. Teachers, staff and students working across a Saturday to clean, build and improve the school facilities. Nothing was too much to ask and the BBQ and refreshments at the end made the day a huge social event Do you remember most wonderful Spring Fairs, taking a year to organise by highly committed parents, supported widely and attendances in the many hundreds. Stalls, food outlets, the community BAR, entertainment, sideshows and even live music on the back of an 18 wheeler semi-trailer were all part of the excitement. This was truly a community working together. Times have changed, however with recent events making us think more locally I can see it all returning as we reframe our priorities to a more local focus.
We have been in the elite high performing NAPLAN schools across the nation and state, champions at Tournament of the Minds, collaborated with and supported Australian International Schools and been leaders in the local Partnership networks across the State. An extensive instrumental music program, sports programs and steadily increasing academic performance have meant staff have to be ever evolving and stretching themselves further every year. Rapid student population growth, school of choice for overseas arrivals are all feathers in the Henley Beach Primary School cap.
I feel truly blessed during my time as Principal. I do feel extremely positive about Stephen Jolley, from Reidy Park Primary taking the lead from next term. I have worked with Stephen before sharing ideas and processes. Stephen brings with him exceptional credentials that with the right participation and collaboration will see Henley Beach Primary continue to evolve and lead the educational community and continue to be a school of choice along the coastal strip.
Best wishes for the future. Thank you to all.