Welcome back to Term 4, I trust you all had a fantastic holiday. Talking to the students yesterday and this morning it seems as though there were many exiting trips all over the state. Personally, I was able to enjoy some quiet time at home these past two weeks after a very hectic end to the term. I am looking forward to wrapping up what has been a fantastic year over the next ten weeks.
Please note that as per the feedback that we received from parents and staff, we have made some adjustments to the end of year planner to release some of the pressure. As previously stated there will be no Nativity Play this year, however the Presentation Night will be in the same format as last year with both junior and senior choir students performing carols. Please be sure you have an up-to-date calendar to ensure you are aware of when these events will take place.
Last week I received the School Review Report formally validating the self-review that was submitted at the end of last term. It was satisfying to see the acknowledgement of all of the hard work that has been put in, and recognition of GHPS as a highly effective school in most areas.
As we were already aware, we do need to continue to focus on Student Progress and Achievement to ensure that our academic progress is reflective of our potential. We have already started analysing the data and identifying areas where we can improve. We are also cognisant of the need to develop a consistent teaching approach across the whole school to allow the students to develop a set of skills that can be built upon each year and prepare them to be able to continue to learn throughout life.
The full report will be made available on the school website, however some key commendations included:
School Board members, together with representatives of the P&C, have strongly endorsed the school’s vision, direction and progress towards achieving and maintaining community confidence.
There are many examples of exceptional community-based events and activities in which families and staff collaborate to deliver a unique school experience and lasting memories for students.
The health and wellbeing of staff is considered a significant factor in how students perceive the ‘vibe’ of the school environment. The leadership works to ensure staff feel they are able to do their job in a safe and supportive environment.
A change management approach has been developed and is outlined in the ‘Road to Wisdom’ document. This cleverly links to the historical context of the school, establishing a commitment from staff to be part of a forward looking school improvement ethos.
Good financial processes and strong governance are in place, with budget allocations and expenditure decisions discussed with the Finance Committee and shared with School Board members.
Following a school audit, the priority for elevating the school focus to be on academic rigour has been embraced and is at the core of staff valuing and accepting ‘what the data says’. This means greater emphasis is placed on data triangulation to identify gaps in student learning and teacher content delivery.
Attention has been given to forging greater levels of understanding and acceptance for the school to establish robust, school-wide data collection and analysis processes. There is a solid core of like-minded staff enthusiastically pursuing this objective.
We look forward to working with the entire school community to implement the recommendations from the review.
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS AT GHPS
The organising committee will meet tonight to determine what events and activities will be planned to celebrate 50 years at GHPS in 2022. All members of the school community are welcome to attend and become involved. The meeting will start at 6:30pm in the Library and there is also a weblink to remote in if you cannot make it.
STAFFING CHANGES TERM 4
As stated at the end of last term both Ms Nicholson and Mrs Wason have taken parental leave for the upcoming births of their children. We are looking forward to meeting the latest additions to our GHPS family.
Mrs Lisa Rowe started in Room 2 yesterday. In Room 17, Mrs Nathalie Dye started yesterday and will work Monday through Wednesday. Mrs Vimi Dunning will be in the class on Thursday and Fridays. As always staff met in the weeks leading up to the end of the term to do a comprehensive handover and ensure a smooth transition.
Also due to the requirement to clear some leave, I will be taking long service leave on Monday’s for the rest of the term. In my absence, Susan Archdall will be Acting Principal.
CLASS REQUESTS 2022
As per previous years, all parents are given the opportunity to write to me to make me aware of certain considerations when placing students in class for 2022. Information such as who your child does or doesn’t work well with in terms of other students, certain learning styles or information we may not be aware of can be considered when placing students. As you can appreciate, it is one big jigsaw puzzle and we try very hard to accommodate everyone. Teachers are also very good at knowing what is best for your child and spend a lot of time discussing class placements to ensure they get it right.
If you have a request please either email directly to me at Matthew.Snell@education.wa.edu.au or by written mail address directly to me. I will collect all of these requests and ensure they are considered by staff when creating the classes for 2022. All submissions must be handed in by Friday 20 October.
KSHS GIFTED AND TALENTED VISUAL ARTS APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN!
The applications for Gifted and Talented Visual Arts at Kalamunda Senior High School are officially open today, Wednesday 13 October. Year 5 students, aspiring to enter the program in Year 7, 2023, can apply now. Applications will be open until February 2022, however, it is strongly suggested to apply sooner rather than later. The following link will take you directly to the page where you can start the process.
Key information regarding the program for you to get a little more guidance as to the process and the key dates for next year has been included as attachments to this newsletter.
The Gifted and Talented information session will also be held at Kalamunda Senior High School on Tuesday 9 November from 6:00pm. Please email kalamunda.shs.GATart@education.wa.edu.au to register your interest for this presentation.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Kalamunda Senior High School.