Principal’s News

May 15, 2019 0 comments

Welcome back everyone. It’s been a very busy start to Term 2 and as mentioned in our Weekly Rose Park Snapshots, we have experienced some staffing changes. We congratulated and farewelled our Assistant Principal, Renee Lynn. After 12 years at Rose Park PS, Renee won the Deputy Principal position at Littlehampton PS and has already commenced in the role. Our Wellbeing Leader, Kim Copeland has transitioned seamlessly into the Assistant Principal role, with Janet Parkinson taking on Kim’s teaching role in The Arts. Kim, however, continues to lead up the Wakakirri rehearsals, ably supported by our Reception teachers, Vicky Jones and Clare Rodger. We have also welcomed back from Long Service Leave, Music teacher, Chris Narroway. We have experienced some changes with our SSOs; farewelling Phil Stanley, and welcoming a number of new curriculum support staff: Jodie, Caitlyn, Imogen, Stef, Adele, and Megan, as well as Lyn in finance, who come to us with a vast array of skills and experience. We now have a new funding model around students with additional needs, and as such, we are providing many more hours of 1:1 SSO support for several of our identified students along with our two small group Literacy Intervention programs, MiniLit ( Years 1 and 2) and MacqLit (Primary Years) as well as our Reception InitiaLit program.

Grounds: We have been blessed with ideal weather recently which has helped our newly rejuvenated grassed area on the block to take hold! Children are now able to play on most of the block with just one small patch still roped off to enable growth of the grassy area.

Also, many thanks to the inspiring parents who volunteered their time during the weekend in giving the vegetable garden its first step make over. The garden was drastically cleared and pruned to let the light in so any future plants will flourish. Future plans are to construct new beds with the development of an edible garden. Beds will be constructed so that the children and community can move freely about whilst planting, weeding, watering and enjoying nature. Many thanks to Kath Chapman who has been a driving force in helping to water and maintain the Japanese garden, create posters for the compost bin and offer her expertise and knowledge, it is much appreciated. A group from the Education Committee is also investigating ways to make Rose Park an environmentally friendly school; we thank them for their enthusiasm, commitment and time. A special mention to Michael, Emma and Richard, Nathan and Jess who tirelessly worked to get the job done. None of this would happen without the generosity of people’s time and commitment to provide wonderful learning and creating spaces for our children and community, thank you from Rose Park Primary School.

If you would like to offer help or your expertise in any way please contact school or sign up for the school working bee on Sunday 2nd June from 9:30 am – 12 noon.

Election Day Fete: this event has been organised by our Parents and Friends Committee, with a planned sausage sizzle, cake stall, coffee stand, jolly jars and entertainment happening throughout the day. If you can help out for an hour or so on the day please log onto signup genie and nominate your preferred times. With mild weather forecast for Saturday, we’re hoping for a bumper crowd at our polling booth located in the Centenary hall.

NAPLAN: National Assessment Plan for Numeracy and Literacy is taking place over the next 2 weeks. Our Year 3, 5 and 7 students are sitting their tests online in reading, writing (Year 3’s on paper), language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. This is one form of assessment, a snapshot in time with information from the tests being utilised to measure student progress, distance travelled, along with the expectation around a minimum one year’s progress for each child, every academic year. This term, written student reports will also be sent home in week 10. 

Public Education Awards: are now open until 31st May. You can now recognise the outstanding achievements of educators by nominating them now. There are nomination forms available online and at the Front Office.

Di Burrell