What a term it has been and quickly it has flown by.
You may have noticed that the children’s toilet block has received a new roof. This was done by the Department’s Asset Management Unit last weekend. We were most fortunate that the work commenced and was completed over one weekend, causing no disruption to the operation of the school.
I’d like to confirm that we will be opening one extra Inclusive Class (Autism) next year. This will now total 3 Inclusive Classes in the Special Education Unit. With this additional class comes the appointment of an additional Assistant Principal (Special Education) which will be filled by the commencement of 2020. This additional class will not impact on the existence of COOSH. COOSH provides a highly valued service for our families and will continue to be a program of high priority for the school community.
“Student Voice” is becoming a very strong concept in our school. Firstly, it was nurtured and promoted this year through the Waste Free Warriors, which continues to be a highly valued school program. Now students are taking on their own initiatives, devising programs and ideas related to healthy lifestyles, fitness, recycling and waste management. Today, a group of Year 5 students asked to see me and presented a PowerPoint about recycling awareness and how they can increase this awareness across our school. This is an idea that they have devised themselves. This is an example of projects that are student-driven, that reflect how passionate our students are about their learning, taking it beyond the classroom.
On a personal note, I have thoroughly enjoyed being back and I am delighted to have the opportunity to work, once again with this amazing community. The children have grown in so many ways, and on a daily basis I am privileged to see their growth, how willing they are to share this growth with me and how focussed they are on their goals. I was most fortunate to sit in a classroom last week and witness the explicit teachings that are happening across the school. I witnessed discussions, teachers reviewing and refining their practices to achieve the best possible outcomes for their students. This is a part of my role that I am most passionate about – spending time with students and teachers.
I’d like to wish you all an enjoyable holiday period with family and loved-ones. See you all at the commencement of Term 4!
Ms A. Vountoulas
Concord Public School