From the Principal

Principal's Message

As we come to the end of Week 3, our students and teachers are well into their teaching and learning programs for the term. Routines and clear expectations for effort and behaviour are being established, and our students are diving deep into the content and skills that teachers are leading them through. When I visit classrooms across the school, I continue to be impressed by the high level of engagement and enthusiasm of our students for learning, and the professionalism and skill of our teachers in implementing their programs. It was also wonderful to meet so many of our parents and carers at the P&C meeting on Tuesday night – I look forward to sustaining the strong partnership between the school and the parent community going forward.

On Wednesday morning, our school community enjoyed a rich and entertaining celebration of Chinese New Year, featuring outstanding student performances of music and dance, and an exciting Lion Dance by dancers from the Da Xiong Leagues Club. Thanks to Ms Ji for her excellent leadership of multicultural education in our school, and for organising this wonderful event, with great support from Ms Lopes, Ms Poon and Mr Hunt.

On Monday, at our fortnightly assembly, we recognised National Apology Day, which was on Thursday 13 February. This day commemorates then-PM Kevin Rudd’s apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 2008, acknowledging the wrongdoings which resulted in Stolen Generations. We heard a moving and thought-provoking speech from an Aboriginal elder from our local community, Aunty Jean Bartley. Aunty Jean spoke about the significance of this apology to Indigenous Australians and to all Australians, and the importance of actually showing one is sorry, by changing one’s behaviour. Thanks to Aunty Jean for sharing her wisdom and experience.

The teaching staff and I are looking forward to meeting our parent community next Wednesday at Meet the Teacher Evening. This event is a great opportunity to learn more about your child’s class and the school, and provides an important base from which to develop a strong partnership between home and school.

K-2 teachers will meet parents in classrooms at 6pm, and 3-6 teachers will meet at 7pm. At 6:30pm, we invite the whole school community to gather under the COLA and hear from myself and a P&C representative.

Please note the school map below to assist you in locating your child’s classroom.

School Classroom Map 2020

Regarding the upcoming transition to TASK as the sole OOSH provider at the school, I’m aware there are a wide range of opinions across the school community. Please be aware that a panel comprising two current Stanmore PS parents, two staff members and a representative from Dept of Ed Asset Management made the decision to award the tender based on fees charged to parents, regulation and compliance, capability and relevant experience, approach to operation of an OSHC service, programs and activities, food menus and ability to engage with the school community. TASK provided a detailed outline of their experience and operational procedures and were considered the best option to meet the needs and expectations of our school community.

TASK have reiterated that they are committed to ensuring that all Stanmore PS families who apply for places will be accommodated. TASK will be issuing more detailed communications to our school community regarding their expanded service and the transition process soon. TASK will also be holding a parent information session and Q&A in the school library on Thursday 27 February, from 6-7pm – official notice of this event will be sent soon.

Next week, we will be sending out the Term 1 Statement of Account for 2020. This will be accompanied by an overview of anticipated fees and voluntary contributions for the year, please read this carefully. Please contact the office if you have any queries or concerns about the Activities Statement, or would like to set up a staggered payment plan or discuss fee waivers.

Hugh Miller

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