to the following children who will be celebrating their birthdays during the week:
Abbey Owen, Jyren Rae, Joel Lugton, Seth Wallace, Bradlee Smith, Ebony Causby, Zoe
Palmer, Jackson Palmer, Chelsea Fleming, Charlotte Dorey, Leilani Smith, Tameka
McWhirter, Rylan Miller, Georgia Turner, James Lombardo & Chad Yates.
:Our Yr 5 students are currently half way through their camping experience at Ballarat’s Sovereign Hill. I am there at the moment with students who are keen to attendbe tonight’s ‘Blood On The Southern Cross’ sound and light show.
The Year 6 Canberra study tour will leave on 2
nd November and return on the 6th. These types of experiences don’t go ahead without the hard work and commitment of staff in the preparation and supervision of camps and excursions and I thank them for their efforts.
JAMO FAIR: A reminder that the ‘Jamo Fair’ will up and about on Saturday 24th October. There has been an enormous amount of preparation into this event so I encourage all members of the school community to come along and participate in the day. I ask parents to take particular note of the need for donations and helpers in school sponsored stalls.
:Our school will be hosting the Western District Spelling Competition for students from Yr 4, 5 & 6. This competition has been going for a number of years with Jamo enjoying a high level of success. We wish our representatives all the best to bring the trophy ‘home!’
: Planning is well underway for 2016 with respect to staffing and finances. In keeping with recent processes, I intend that, where practicable, parents and students will know who their teacher will be and what room they will be in for 2016, well before they leave for the Christmas holidays. Total class lists will not be published. A variation in this aim will occur if we need to further advertise teaching positions and these positions are not filled until very late in the year. As in past years, an enormous amount of time and thought will be put into placing students in classes. Groups of teachers place students into classes based on academic, social and gender considerations. Once the decision has been made, there will need to be a rare set of circumstances where children will be shifted out of their allocated class. I am aware that some parents would like to have the opportunity to put forward a case regarding classmates for their child. I am now calling for these requests. Please do not ask for specific teachers as staff have yet to be allocated to year levels. This request must be in writing and submitted by the end of Monday 19th October. The timeline for these requests has been shortened this year as we need to ensure that formulating class lists and writing reports not overlap. I thank the school community in anticipation of your co-operation and understanding in working through this process.
SCHOOL COUNCIL NOMINATIONS:
We are fortunate at Warrnambool Primary School to have a vibrant, diligent and hardworking School Council. To ensure a smoother transition from year to year (and provide an opportunity for the Council to plan and implement policies based upon our 4 Year Strategic Plan) we have adopted a calendar year model for the term of council members. The view of the council is to have the 2016 Council in place by the end of this year.
School Council is responsible for setting the key directions the school will take. This year’s main
body of work was the development of our Strategic Plan. As it sets policy a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for students.
School Council has three categories of membership: 1) Parents (including DET [Department of Ed-ucation & Training] employees who have students at other State schools), 2) DET employees and 3) members co-opted for their expertise. There are nine parent members, four DET members and one co-opted member making 14 in total. School Councillors are elected for a two year term.
This year, four parent members and two DET members are up for re-election. Co-opted memberships are reviewed and renewed on an annual basis.
Any interested parent who wishes to nominate for a position on School Council should call into the office for the relevant forms. Nominations will close at 4pm on Friday 30th October.
Where there are more nominations than the number of vacancies on the school council a ballot may be held. Voting will take place between Wednesday 4th and Wednesday 11th November.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to know more about the operation of the council or the election process itself.