Welcome back to another term at Cranbourne Primary School.
It was wonderful to see so many of you at our NAIDOC Week Assembly in our new Gym today. We are very excited to be running assemblies again and inviting our parents to take part in our many school celebrations. Please stay tuned for more wonderful events. The Smoking Ceremony was beautiful, and a great way to celebrate the rich indigenous heritage of the land our school stands on. The message about respecting ourselves, others and the land was a powerful one, and it was the first opportunity many students had to take part in a smoking ceremony.
We have a busy and exciting term ahead of us. Grade 3 and 4 students will shortly be off on their first school camp next week, followed by the Grade 5 and 6 students in Week 5. While Covid remains an ongoing challenge, running camps again is an excellent sign that things are slowly returning to normal. Camps, incursions, excursions and swimming programs are all wonderful experiences that are an essential part of being a child in Australia. It is exciting to be running these programs again. We are particularly excited that the school was successful in applying for the Positive Start program, making these camps free. Keep an eye out for other exciting activities to complement our camps and visit to Bungil Place last term. These include a performance of Aladdin and another musical performance run here at school. We will also be recommencing on-site music lessons, so if you missed out on applying for our “Mad on Music” program, please contact the front office.
In Week 3 we will be running a parent Teaching and Learning Forum. We would like to invite all parents to come along and have their say in important areas of the school that impact them directly. Three main topics that we will be getting feedback on include School Reports, Communication and our Homework/Reading expectations. We want as many opinions as possible, so I would encourage everyone to make the time to come along and have your say on the future direction of the school. We see parents are full partners of the school in their child’s education, and want to make sure you have the best information and can be fully involved and supportive.
In addition to our parent forum, we will be restarting our parent volunteer program. This will be a great opportunity to be trained in the latest approaches to help children with reading and students to stay caught up. Whether to help the school, add to your resume, hone your skills to help your own child or to build your social circle, keep an eye out for our information/training sessions.
The school review was conducted over the final weeks of last term. This is a good opportunity to stop and reflect on what is working well and what can be improved. The review panel found plenty to celebrate in the school, but particularly highlighted the recent changes that will pay off with increase student learning and wellbeing outcomes. While the school faces a number of challenges, they are confident that bright days are ahead. We have a wonderful school community that we are planning on making better and better. Thank you for all your ongoing support.