Welcome back to the 2021 school year. After a rocky start due to a lockdown, the staff and students have made a strong start. This term is a short and busy one with a number of big events happening. The selection of a permanent principal, the creation of a new Business Plan, improving student attendance and the implementation of the Positive Management of Student Behaviour and Good Standing Policy are the big ticket items.
We will hold Parent/Teacher Conferences on Monday, 29 March from 12:10 to 3:10pm. Students will not be at school during this time to allow teachers and families to have meetings. We will send out more information closer to the time.
A couple of reminders for families for the start of the year. If students are arriving at school before 8:30am they must wait on the verandah of Rooms 1, 2 and 3, and students are not allowed on playground equipment before or after the school day.
We look forward to sharing your child/ren’s learning journey with you and acknowledge the vital role families play in the education of their children. This year we will be looking for opportunities to bring families and the community into our school to see the amazing work taking place.
To kickstart this, the school will be holding a Family Easter Hunt on Friday, 26 March – commencing at 5pm. This is an opportunity for the school community to get to together and celebrate the achievements of Term 1.
A school our size also needs volunteers to ensure essential services like the School Board and P & C who manage the Uniform Shop and Canteen continue to run. Please consider supporting these services to maximise your child/ren’s education.
2020 Annual Report
The 2020 Annual Report is being finalised and has gone to the School Board for approval. Once this is completed it will be placed on the school’s website, schools online and connect for the community and families to read.
Positive Management of Student Behaviour and Good Standing Policy
The staff and School Board have been working hard to create a new managing student behaviour policy to support our students and to ensure we are compliant with Departments regulations.
Underpinning the documents is our core values of respect, responsibility, kindness and strive for success. A Positive Behaviour Expectations Matrix has been created to outline our explicit behaviour expectations at JPS across all areas of the school. These posters have been place throughout the school.
This term, we will be explaining the new process to students and familiarising them with the expectations. The Positive Management of Student Behaviour and Good Standing Policy will commence from the start of Term 2.
Third Party User Agreement – Parent Consent
The Department of Education now requires all schools to assess the third party users for risk. This is the Apps and Websites we use as a school to ensure they meet privacy regulations.
We have been collecting information on all the users we access as a school for educational purposes and are assessing their risk factor. Shortly, we will be sending home to families a list of our third party users. You will need to read and then if happy, give your consent for your child to use these at school.
If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact the school and speak with the office.
What’s Coming Up
- School Photos – Thursday, 11 March
- Sculptures by the Sea Excursion (Year 2-6) – Tuesday, 16 March
- West Oz Wildlife Incursion – Wednesday, 24 March
- Year 1 Assembly – Friday, 26 March @9:50am
- Family Easter Hunt – Friday, 26 March @5pm
- Parent Teacher Conferences – Monday, 29 March (12:10 – 3:10pm)
- Earth Aware Day and Parent Gardening Workshop – Wednesday, 31 March