Welcome Back Mr Pidd
The students of 1/2 P were all very excited to have Mr Pidd back on duty this week and it was wonderful for him to share photos with them and the staff of baby Evelyn who is now settled in at home with Mr and Mrs Pidd.
Defib Disco This Friday Night
This Friday night the Parents and Friend Group are hosting a student disco. Funds raised from this will go towards purchasing a new defibrillation device for our school and community. We would love to see as many students as possible come to the disco to share in the fun and raise money for this worthy cause so if you are looking for something to do this Friday don’t go past the CSPS Disco! Doors open from 5.30pm and the Disco runs from 6-8pm. If you can spare a little time to help pack up at the end it is very much appreciated!
Recently three of our students Georgia, Hunter and Emma, entered a public speaking competition and had to speak on the topics of Clifton Springs, Past, Present and Future. This was our first opportunity to be part of this public speaking program and the students did very well coming second in our section. Unfortunately, they won’t be progressing on to the next level but certainly presented themselves well and enjoyed the challenge. Well done team!
Building works update
Last week I met with our builders and architects to discuss the roll out of our building works. Essentially: Phase 1 will include the refit of the current 3/4 classrooms. The Art room and the Music room will begin at the start of term 3 and be completed by the holidays Phase 2 will be the roofing and other works which will commence over the September holidays Phase 3 will be the Junior classrooms—Prep and 1/2 rooms in our east wing, along with our staff room in Term 4. Phase 4 will be the upgrade of the Administration area, foyer and offices which will take place over the summer holidays and be completed by February. While the building works will be disruptive for groups of students through term 3 and term 4, the overall benefits will out-weigh this inconvenience. We are currently working through a relocation / decanting plans for those students and programs affected, and will work closely with staff to find the best available solution.
School Family Occupation Index (SFO) Forms - Reminder
Last week families should have received a form requesting information about family occupation codes. The SFO is a one of the key tools which determines our funding and we ask parents to update this periodically so that our funding can be calculated accurately. It is very important that parents update their details accurately and not overstate their current position as this can affect the funding we receive e.g. You may be a qualified teacher which is Group A, but if you haven’t worked as a teacher for twelve months or more and are currently involved in home duties, the code would be group N. Another example is a farmer who owns their own farm is a group B, while a farm hand who works on a farm is group D. We thank you for your assistance and request that forms are returned to school as soon as possible. This information is strictly confidential and is only collected to provide a statistical number to the Department so we can receive the appropriate funding.
Education State – Government Schools Funding Review
Tomorrow I will be joining a selection of Principals from across the State to meet with the Hon. Steve Bracks to look at the Government Schools Funding Review (Bracks Review). The Review has a number of recommendations and suggestions and I will be eager to see if and when, some of these may be rolled out by our State Government to improve outcomes for students.
Until next week I wish everyone a wonderful week and remind all families that maximising attendance is a critical factor in your child achieving their potential so, remember it’s not OK to be away unless you’re sick!