I am most excited to be starting another year of learning at Wandong Primary School. This year we have continued to grow in enrolments, with 351students enrolled this year.
2016 is one of great excitement for us, as we continue to grow, welcome many new families and increase to sixteen grades across the school. In 2016 we welcome 72 Foundation students, 122 grade 1/2 students, 81 grade 3/4 students and 76 grade 5/6 students.
Explicitly teaching the required skills, linking learning to past knowledge, maintaining high expectations and minimising time off task will continue to ensure that Wandong Primary School students receive the best possible learning opportunities.
Our continued growth has meant that over the 2015 - 2016 Christmas holiday break, we have once again received another nice, new double portable – with this one now located in the north-east corner of the school ground. We have had to relocate one of our playgrounds to a nearby location to accommodate this new building, but have successfully been able to ensure that we have kept our portable buildings around the perimeter of our school yard, maintaining better supervision of students. Over the past eight years we have had to forego play space to accommodate the need for new classrooms, however this will now change.
We have recently been notified that the state government is planning to purchase the large parcel of land adjacent to the school (on the eastern boundary). This will increase our school ground area by approximately two and a half acres and has occurred after nearly three years of planning and discussing the possibility with Department of Education employees and Government members. We are ecstatic with this outcome as it will allow us to provide our students with additional space, whilst at the same time accommodating the requests from families wishing to attend our school.
Moving forward, it is vital that we maintain the special qualities that do make our Wandong Primary School the school of choice – the warm and inviting feel of our “country school” and the close relationships we have with our students and families. Open and honest communication is vital as we ensure we continue to cater for our families and uphold these important qualities. To ensure we continue to grow in a positive manner, we began a series of parent forums at the end of 2015, inviting families to provide information related to their dreams and their concerns as we continue to grow. School Council is now considering the information provided, as we begin the future planning stages.
Our positive and welcoming school culture expects interactions are based on our six school values. These are:
Respect:Valuing yourself and others.
Responsibility: Being responsible for what we do, say and learn.
Care: Showing concern for one another.
Friendship:Getting along and being friendly to one another.
Honesty: Being truthful to yourself and others.
Doing your best:Trying your hardest to produce to your best effort.
Grade Structures for 2016: As stated above, we will run sixteen grades this year. The composition of these grades is listed below.
4 x Foundation (Prep) 6 x Grade one/two 3 x Grade three/four 3 x Grade five/six
Specialist Classes: Students will participate in the following specialist classes each week in additional to the time they send with their class teacher. During this time, class teachers complete planning with their fellow team members.
Physical Education (F-6) Visual Art (F-6) Performing Arts (F-6) Indonesian (F- 4)
Staffing: Please refer to each Teaching and Learning Unit’s information page on this website for more detailed information; however in 2016 we do welcome seven new staff to our school. New staff met with myself and the Assistant Principal over the holiday break, to ensure they all had details about how our school runs, prior to the beginning of the school year. 2016 Teaching and Learning team members completed pre-planning in December of 2015 then further worked on these documents over the holiday break so that, in a nutshell, everyone was ready and raring to go.
We especially welcome our new staff members -Sally Gray, Livia Stahlavsky, Beth Kimber, Bradley Moedt, Fiona Jacobs, Tania Hente, Owen Macer and Anita Trezise to Wandong Primary School.
The start to the school year: Our 2016 school year has started very smoothly, with our 2015 transition program ensuring all students had met their teacher and spent time with their “new” classmates” prior to heading off for their recent Christmas holiday break. By the middle February, all parents will have had the opportunity to meet individually with their child’s class teacher to share valuable information about their child and his/her learning habits. This sharing ensures that students can be supported whilst at school and that both parties are aware of individual students’ needs and the planned processes for assisting students to achieve their best.
As I sign off for now, I wish all staff, students and families a great 2016 year. Working as a team achieves the best outcomes for all, and I encourage all stakeholders from within our school community to get involved in the school.