The term is off to a good start with many really exciting learning activities happening all over the school. The Kindergarten Teachers report that the children have all come back from their three week break having really made a big leap in growth and development. In both the Primary School and the High School, students have enjoyed a trip to the Byron Writers’ Festival as well as competing in the regional Netball Carnival. Recently I hosted morning tea for our wonderful Year 12 students. They are now in their final term at school and all working hard towards the completion of their HSC.
Thank you to the parents who came out to our ‘Parent Engagement’ meeting in week one. I know it isn’t always easy to organise home life to come out on a cold, winter night so I truly appreciate the effort so many parents made. The night began with a presentation of our School Master Plan by Michael Leung. The future plans for our school site and buildings are so exciting and will ensure we can provide the best possible environment for our students and staff.
After the presentation of the Master Plan, we moved into a series of ‘World Cafe’ type discussions with parents moving from table to table to talk about a whole range of issues in relation to parent engagement in learning and the school. The discussions were animated, interesting and provided wonderful insights and ideas. Over the coming months, we will work with the information provided to support stronger partnerships, communication and engagement across our school community.
I understand some parents would have liked to have attended, but were simply unable to do so on the night. With this in mind, we will be presenting two of the questions asked in each of the next few bulletins and providing the opportunity for members of the school community to send in their ideas and thoughts. I would really love to hear from you if you would like to contribute on any of the questions (particularly if you were unable to attend on the night).
I mentioned our visit to the Byron Writers’ Festival a little earlier, I would like to finish by congratulating the amazing High School students who took on the task of being MCs at the event. They researched the authors carefully and spoke intelligently, engagingly and authoritatively in introducing the authors to the audience. I have received feedback that the authors were incredibly impressed and touched by the introductions. Congratulations to the students involved and thank you for so beautifully representing our school. Please see Katie’s report a little further on in the bulletin for additional information.