Last Tuesday night the School Board met for the first time this year. Some of the items on the agenda were the Annual Report, the 2021 Budget, COVID Operating procedures, enrolments and staffing for 2021. Brook Durling was also re-elected as Board Chair for 2021.
I was very excited to discuss the School Vision and Business Plan for the next three years and have input from the Board. This document is almost ready for publication to the wider school community and it will set the direction and purpose for 2021- 2023. The theme of the Business Plan is to Seek Wisdom by Success through Excellence and Experience. The ultimate goal is to create the balance between the activities that we value and create a whole learning experience and delivering a high quality curriculum. Staff are currently in the process of completing an audit of school programs and operational plans and the calendar that outlines all of the activities and events that occur throughout the year.
I am also interested in parent feedback as I have heard that the demands from certain activities at particular times of the year can be high and have an impact on family life and balance. I am in the process of preparing a survey that I will make available before the end of the term.
The Board also took part in a robust discussion on the Draft 2020 Annual Report. It was great to have an opportunity to work with some members of the Board and tap into their expertise around data analysis and interpretation. The exclusion of NAPLAN data due to its cancellation in 2020 made for some great discussion about other forms of data and the development of milestones and targets that are both aspirational and achievable. Again, the Annual Report will be made available at the end of Term 1.
As always, I appreciate the counsel of the School Board and value the input of staff, parents and community members who provide me with a big picture view of the school communities perceptions, issues or concerns.
SCULPTURES BY THE SEA
I had the privilege of attending Sculptures by the Sea last Friday with the Year 5 cohort and their teachers and parents. I was overwhelmed by the amount of parents who attended and helped by taking a group around and supervising the students. It again highlighted for me the volume of support that we receive from our parents and how fortunate we are to have such a connected parent group.
As expected, the behaviour of the students was outstanding and the quality of the questions being asked demonstrated the love for Art that is developed within our school. I wish to thank Gordon and Barbara Mitchell for attending and explaining to the students some of the Art pieces as well as the process for displaying the artwork and history behind the event.
I am looking forward to seeing many of you tonight at the P&C AGM – either online or in person! Our P&C is a very important part of our school community and without them, we would not have things like the canteen, or the pending crosswalk attendant which are entirely funded by this group. There would also be many activities such as the Disco, Easter Raffle, Parent Quiz Night, Run4Fun, Mother’s & Father’s Day events and indeed the tri-annual Fair (which has been postponed to 2022 to celebrate 50 years). Whilst all of these things raise money, more importantly they bring people together.
For the P&C to continue to be successful, they need volunteers. Whilst you may not have time to be on the executive, or even attend meetings, your help can be provided in many ways. A strong membership base spreads the load and ensures your children continue to have access to many of these things that have disappeared across a lot of schools.
The P&C also have a Parent Representative in each class who will ask you for your contact details so that they can provide you with up to date information about both P&C and classroom activities and events. Please be sure to participate in this.