School Council Nominations closed yesterday at 4:00pm and as there was the same amount of parent nominations as positions vacant, we will not need to hold a ballot. As Department staff nominations exceeded the number of positions available, the staff will go through a staff vote to elect their representatives on Council. The 2016 School Council will be announced after the March AGM.
School Council Meeting last week
I would like to thank the current School Councillors for their contributions over their term and look forward to catching up with them for the final time in our handover meeting next month. This will be where the old Council closes it’s business and the new Council opens it business for the coming year. At this meeting the Council will also nominate its community “co-opted members” for their terms. If you are keen to be involved in the governance of the school, you can volunteer to be a member of one of the School Council Sub Committees which will be set up at our next meeting. Current subcommittees include, Finance, Policies, Outside School Hours Care, Parents & Friends Group, SRC, Canteen, Environment and hopefully Fundraising in our new Council. These committees meet through the year to do much of the pre-work and make recommendations to Council from there.
Parents in the corridors
As is often the case at the start of each year, we have a lot of people in the corridors at the start of the day and at the end of the school day as well. While we understand that this is often to assist students to settle in initially, we do need to remind parents that they should drop students off and pick them up from their line up areas not from in the corridor. This is important as it keeps the corridors clearer for students and staff to move around freely and avoids congestion in the corridors and bag areas. You should only be in the corridor if you need to drop something off at the office or need to see the teacher briefly before 8:50. It is particularly important at the end of the day as classes should be working right through to 3:30pm and if there are a large number of parents chatting in the corridors this can also generate distractions from their learning. So unless there is a specific or pressing reason for you to be in the corridors, I encourage you to drop off and pick up from the student line up areas.
It was wonderful to have our Year 5/6 students finally in their newly refurbished portable classrooms which have been quite some time in the making. The science room is having the finishing touches added to it at the moment and will come online this week as well. I would like to commend the students and staff for their patience and I know that they, and the specialist programs, are very much looking forward to getting down to business in their respective rooms this week. The remainder of the works are going out to tender shortly and we hope work to start around mid year with all things going to plan.
3-Way Conferences—Tuesday March 1st
Online bookings for 3-Way Conferences have been open for a week and will remain open until 10am March 1st .If you haven’t yet made an appointment to see your child’s teacher, please do so as soon as possible. If you are unavailable on March 1st, please contact your child’s teacher to arrange a different time or day. The online booking portal is available at www.schoolinterviews.com.au . It is possible to make your booking on an iPad at the office if you are having difficulty with this at home.
CSPS Phone Systems
As you may be aware, our phone system has been problematic for some time, particularly since the water damage it received earlier this term, and it has caused significant issues for staff and families alike. I have been lobbying various elements of the Department in an effort to get this system and our PA system replaced for some months now. We are hoping that we will be receiving some positive news on this front in the near future as these ongoing problems have been extremely frustrating for all areas of our community. If you have difficulty getting through on the phone, please keep trying.
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!