Good afternoon everyone. On Thursday this week, we tackle the next of the major school sporting carnivals – the school Athletics Carnival at Glendale. I’m looking forward to another enjoyable day that breaks from our regular routine. I hope that if you are free you will come out to Glendale to join us and cheer the students on. Thank you to those families that have already returned their child’s permission note and money. As of this morning, there were still quite a few children yet to return theirs. To assist us with ensuring the activity is well organised, can I please ask that those that have not yet returned notes and money, to do so tomorrow as a matter of urgency.
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve had a number of conversations with parents and staff members in relation to ongoing concerns about the impact of traffic on our school and the safety risks that come with high volumes of traffic. There have been a couple of near misses in Croudace Street that concern me and I’ve been in contact with the Director for Schools Infrastructure to continue discussions around what other safety measures we could look at implementing to improve safety around our site. Following the State election this weekend, there will also be the opportunity to invite the State member for Wallsend to a P&C meeting to discuss how they can offer their support. Achieving better outcomes I feel is possible, but it will undoubtedly take some time to achieve them. For now, I’d just like our community to know that I am committed to working with the key stakeholders to seek safety improvements for our school. Please trust that I will be persistent with those that can help us; I'd just ask that you be a little patient as we proceed. In the meantime, it would assist me if you are able to report to me any near misses that occur on Croudace or Armstrong Streets that you observe or are aware of. We will continue to remind students of road safety strategies and messages.
Finally, you may be aware that for some time there has been a school Facebook page that was established and maintained by the former principal Mrs Partridge. School Facebook pages are common and are great ways to upload good news stories about what is happening at school. The challenge for all schools is to assist parents by ensuring school information is accurate and up to date for whatever channels of communication are used (not always the case). At the moment we have been trying to keep information up to date on the school website, the Skoolbag app and Facebook. In my mind this is one platform too many and there have been occasional problems with making sure the information communicated to parents is accurate across all three. From the school perspective, Skoolbag is a much better and more efficient tool for schools to communicate with because that is what it was designed for. For this reason, and after discussion with the executive team, I’ve decided to close our school Facebook page. Moving forwards please look to Skoolbag and then the website as our primary source of communication (and for good news stories). To assist you further, the office staff will this week update the Skoolbag calendar so that all families can see all of the important and upcoming dates about school events for your diary. Our aim is to continue to maintain high levels of communication about school events and activities in this way.
I hope to see you on Thursday at Glendale. Have a great week