What an outstanding Christmas Concert!
It was a perfect, warm and sunny evening to celebrate the ‘End of Year’ as a community! What a fabulous way to showcase the singing, dancing and performing skills of the classes from each unit. I was extremely impressed with the effort and commitment of all students to do their best. A big thanks to Wendy Banks, our Performing Arts teacher, who organised and lead the whole-school event, and staff for their continued commitment to practising and ensuring all children were well prepared for their roles. A huge thank you to families for your support with costumes and coming along to help us celebrate. From our youngest students singing ‘Wish upon a Star’ to our Year 4/5 Christmas medley and our final Year 6/7 message of 'Make a Change', it truly was an amazing evening. Together, we can make a change for every child; it is through a strong partnership with families that we can make the biggest change.
As we end 2018 and my first 3 terms of a 6 year tenure as Principal at West Lakes Shore School, I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge how much the community contributions and improvement ideas are impacting on our decisions now, and our goals and targets as a school in 2019 onwards. Our Reception transition program saw positive changes with classroom drop offs, investigative play, an introductory school video and our morning tea, with current Reception parents offering new families top tips and support. Feedback from the transition visits has been overwhelmingly positive. I thank staff and families for their input and hard work to achieve this. Reception staff are set to continue investigative play as part of 2019 morning routines.
Governing Council AGM 2019
Our Annual General Meeting will take place in Term 1 2019. The school has a number of continuing members but will also be seeking nominations for new members. If you are interested in finding out more about the role of a Governing Council member please email firstname.lastname@example.org or come along and collect a volunteer pack. Other roles you may want to support in 2019 include classroom helpers, trips and excursions, sports programs and canteen. We truly value the work that volunteers do and the difference you make. All 2019 volunteers will need to ensure they have completed the appropriate forms to be compliant with the new Volunteer Policy and Processes ratified by Governing Council this year.
Class Structure and Class Placements
In 2019 we will have 23 classes. This includes a R/1, 1/2, SD6 5,6,7 composite class and 20 straight classes across R-7. Student numbers in classes are at maximum levels in all year 2-7 classes and therefore there is limited opportunity to move students from their allocated class placements. Staff have spent considerable time discussing your child’s individual needs and ensuring classes are balanced. Family information supplied has been used and, wherever possible, we have considered the requests and information that you have provided. Should you feel the school has overlooked key information that you have informed us of, to support your child’s 2019 placement, please send an email to email@example.com with the subject title ‘class placement query’. Children have visited their new class and teachers this morning and reports and class placement letters will come home with each child at the end of the day today. Please share with your child their successes. NB: Due to a problem with the printer at school some print-outs of reports are of poor quality. To ensure you receive them on time we have still sent these out. Should you require a re-print once the printer is fixed then please email Helen.Grant8@schools.sa.edu.au
West Lakes Shore School has a range of outstanding staff with a vast range of skills and qualities. At the end of 2018 we say goodbye to some long-serving permanent staff. Our decrease in class numbers and placement of staff has also meant a number of contract staff will be moving on to new schools or seeking other teaching positions. Julie Bottomley is due to resign after 40+ years in the teaching service. Julie has made a profound difference to the lives of many students over her teaching career and we wish her well in her next step of life and her travels in 2019. We say goodbye to Mark Feetham who takes up a STEM coordinator leadership position at Woodville Primary School. Mark is a passionate, creative teacher who designs learning that engages and encourages children to be problem solvers. Shelley Scott also takes up a permanent teaching position at Woodville and we will miss Shelley’s ability to engage and differentiate for the individual needs of each of her students. Kylie Bath has an amazing ability to cater for individual needs and enables students to think up solutions to global issues. Kylie is awaiting outcome of a positon at a nearby school. Annelise Bradley has worked in a 1-1 capacity using her care and empathetic skills to provide a quality individualised program, whilst Georgia Casabara completes her year as a Performing Arts teacher having supported students to develop their media, dance and drama skills. Jess Poll has developed her skills working with our older students and is heading overseas to experience teaching in the U.K. We wish all staff leaving our school the best for their future careers and thank them for the hard work and commitment to making a difference for each and every child.
We congratulate a number of staff who have won one year leadership positions and will work as part of the leadership team for 2019. Helen Grant will take up a Numeracy Coach role, working alongside teaching staff in classrooms and will teach 3 days a week in an intervention and Visual Arts component. Fay Anderson will take up an Assistant Principal position leading Student progress and Student needs. A teaching component will include two days supporting intervention. Rozika Pratap will work as Wellbeing Leader for two days and a Year 4 classroom teacher for 2/3 days a week. We are currently working with HR to ensure a quality Term 1 placement, as Michelle Gray will return and work alongside Rozika from Term 2. All of these teachers will work collaboratively to ensure a great start and consistent approach to the teaching and learning in the Year 4 P2 class. We congratulate all of the staff winning Leadership roles and look forward to working collaboratively to ensure West Lakes Shore School can be the best it can be.
Year 7 Graduation
The time at Primary School is coming to an end for our Year 7 students. This time can be a mixture of happiness, anxiety, joy and fear as students reflect, look forward and consider their next pathway of learning. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Year 7’s good luck. The graduation ceremony to recognise each of our students takes place on Thursday, 13th December from 6.30pm at the Christian Family Centre, Fredrick Road, Seaton.
Students and Families leaving the West Lakes Shore School Community
To all of our Year 6 student leavers and other children who are leaving our school - Finn H, Harry W, Jordan C-N, Noah R, Sasha C, Sienna G, Tom S, Kayla A, Gabrielle M, Madeleine D, Alec K, Eimear A, Arthur M, Chase B, Chloe J, Toby H, Angus R, Ash M-N, Ava C, Ruby H, Harriett W, Micah P, Matthew S, Charlie O'H, Grace H, Samuel W, Greta W, Chaz B, Kat B-K, Olivia C, Hunter C, Katelyn C, Talon P, Jackson H, Harrison H. We wish you the very best at your new school in 2019 and beyond. To the families, thank you for being a part of our school community and we hope your children continue to grow at their new school.
Bringing People Together
In Term 1 our whole-school Connected Curriculum will be titled ‘Bringing People Together’ and will focus on respectful, responsible and collaborative ways of working together. Our big inquiry will focus on how we can improve relationships, embed and live our school values, and develop more effective ways of collaborating with others. Building positive relationships will be a focus for all members of our community as we focus on the dispositions of care, concern and empathy towards others. As an inclusive school we work with children with a wide range of needs and endeavour to support every child’s social, emotional and academic needs. When a community understands and supports the different needs of each child then we are working to make a positive difference for all.
Have a great holiday and enjoy the festivities. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to our families and community. We look forward to working in partnership with you all in 2019!