AROUND THE GROUNDS
It is hard to believe what has been happening around the school in the past two weeks since the last newsletter. GHPS was again successful in retaining the Stirk Interschool Athletics Cup in an outstanding performance. The carnival was hosted by GHPS and on our home turf, we didn’t let our supporters down! The constant stream of winners and place getters led to a clear victory for our school due to a solid team contribution. Well done to Mr Caddy and the rest of the Bibbulmun Schools Phys Ed teachers for a fantastic day.
Meanwhile we have had many ECU practicum students within the school, working with our staff to develop their skills and become teachers. Thanks to the expertise of our staff, and the fantastic attitude and behaviour of our students, they were able to grow and shine over the past two weeks and demonstrate that they are going to be very good teachers. This is a service that our school and staff provide to ensure quality teachers continue to develop and enter our system.
Wednesday and Thursday saw the whole school filter through the WA Museum Boola Bardip. Again, the feedback I have received has been outstanding. Staff, students and parents have commented on the learning opportunities presented as well as the cultural experience of spending time in the city. Whilst we always expect good behaviour and representation of our school, it was fantastic to receive phone calls from members of the public commending the students on their behaviour. Thank you to Mrs Elsegood for organising this whole school activity.
On Friday, Mrs O’Reilly and Mr Orrell took most of the Senior Choir into Kalamunda to perform for the Aging Well Festival. As we have come to expect, the performance was breathtaking and myself and Mrs O’Reilly have received much positive feedback. It is fantastic to be able to represent our school in such a positive manner within the local community.
Meanwhile, myself and Mrs Elsegood, along with a large contingent of parents, accompanied another group of student to the School Sport WA Primary Triathlon Championships at Champion Lakes. Our students toiled away admirably in tough conditions and achieved some wonderful results. The opportunity to take part in a 300m open water swim, with the washing machine start, a 6km bike ride and finish with a 3km run, tested out the fitness of everyone there. A few brave students also took part in the Aquathlon (1km run, 200m swim, 1km run) and you could see by the looks on their faces at the finish line that they gave everything that they had. Well done to everyone involved!
Yesterday, myself and Suzanna Robertson; as the incoming Chair, attended the Department of Education’s School Board Workshop for Principals and Chairs. It was a very informative day going through legislative information, roles and responsibilities and the governance aspect of effective school boards.
Encouragingly, from the information provided, both Suzanna and myself agreed that the GHPS School Board is operating as a highly effective School Board. This is because the Board supports the strategic direction for the school and the members are both motivated and skilled in asking for evidence and justification to support the information provided.
At last night’s Board Meeting, the Board approved the 2022 Contributions and Charges along with the booklists that will be distributed very soon. We also discussed the newly developed Board Strategic Plan that identified key areas of Board member skill development, supporting the school to deliver on performance targets and increase Board visibility in the school. This plan will be made available on the school website.
As mentioned in the last newsletter, due to the resignation of Tom Atkinson and Brook Durling, I have two positions available starting 2022. One of these will be a 3 Year term, and the other a 2 Year term. Thank you to those people who have already enquired about these positions. An official nomination form has been attached to this newsletter and is available on Connect. If there are more nominations than positons, an election will be held.
I would like to thank both Tom and Brook for their contributions on the Board. Among other things, Tom assisted greatly with the interrogation of data and provided some great feedback for me on the Annual Report, and Brook in his capacity as Board Chair, has led the Board through an emerging phase with many new members to a highly effective School Board with motivated and skilled members keeping the school accountable.
The next Board meeting in Term 1, 2022 will be an open meeting that any member of the school community can attend.
Last term I met with an origination who is keen to run coding workshops at GHPS during the school holidays and after school throughout the term. If there is enough interest, GHPS will hire out the space to Junior Engineers and students will be able to sign up to the workshops directly with them.
Information regarding the courses available and how to sign up is attached to the newsletter and can also be found at https://jnrengineers.com.au/about-us/
There is a cost involved that is directly received by Junior Engineers.