This year we had straight grade classes throughout the school. This, whilst good in theory has led to class sizes bigger than we would like. St Leonards is a popular school and this year saw 28 new enrolments come into our community throughout the year, swelling our numbers and putting pressure on classrooms .
2020 will see a mixture of mixed classes as well as some straight classes. This allows us to keep our class numbers at a much more reasonable level. Our teachers often work and collaborate together and they will continue to do so to get the best possible outcomes. Our whole school data is showing excellent results over the past three years. We know that not all of our learners learn at the same rate and composite classes can be an advantage.
At this stage our 16 classes will be composed of:
2 Reception classes
4 Year 1/2 classes
1 Year 2/3 class
2 Year 3 classes
4 Year 4/5 Classes
2 Year 6 classes
1 Year 7 class
Teachers are in the process of placing learners into classes. A lot of thought goes into this, and whilst we try to accommodate requests, this is not always possible.
Some teachers have been allocated to classes, however we won’t be releasing this information until all our staffing has been confirmed by the Department for Education. Our learners will meet their new teachers in Week 9 of this term.
Children's University Graduation
Last night we celebrated the additional learning of over 110 students from our school community who take part in the Children’s University program. They worked very hard all year accumulating hours doing a diverse range of activities including STEM, the art and sports.
The ceremony took place at Bonython Hall in the city. Our learners then enjoyed a special celebration afterwards. We are very proud of their efforts.
We look forward to welcoming new Children’s University participants in 2020.
Thank you to Heather for all her efforts in coordinating Children's University throughout the year and thank you to the parents/caregivers who came in to help with workshops.
For the safety of our students, families and the local community, please abide by traffic and parking rules. Unfortunately there have been multiple cases of cars parking illegally, in particular over solid yellow lines. Local residents have been reporting these incidents to the school and the local council. This is likely to result in spot visits from the council, which may result in fines being issued.
Dave Henty-Smith, Principal
Jo Meredith, Deputy Principal
Kathy Baker, Inclusive Education Coordinator