Principal’s Address Term 4 Week 3

I do hope that all families have enjoyed a great start to Term 4. All students are busy with their learning and have settled well. Staff are implementing many student assessments at present in preparedness for reporting.

World Teachers’ Day

This Friday we celebrate and acknowledge the outstanding efforts of our teachers/educators. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to take a moment and reflect on the positive impact of their class teachers and support staff. I invite parents and students to acknowledge the efforts of staff at the school by way of a note of thanks or other. I personally wish to express my sincere thanks to the staff at Campbell Primary School; they are all an extraordinary group of professionals that work tirelessly to support all students. It is a privilege to work with such a passionate and committed staff.

COVID Planning

I wish to once again thank all families for continuing to support the school in its response to the COVID plan. The following processes will continue through until the end of the year. As we have advised before such operational changes are having a positive impact upon the development of students’ independence, resiliency and support a strong focus on student learning as a priority.

  • Parents are encouraged to maintain the student drop off at the gates and allowing their children to enter the school grounds independently.
  • Parents who require to drop their children at the classroom can do so but are requested to not enter the classroom and leave as soon as reasonably possible. This allows all children to settle quickly into the morning routines and be responsible for their learning.
  • Parents/carers that require communication with teachers are to organise meetings at a pre-arranged times or through email or Connect.
  • Continuation of staggered pick –up times. Please note this will be for K and PP only with pick- up time of 2:40pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 2:20pm on Wednesdays. Siblings will be released early at the request of parents. Please advise your child’s classroom teacher/s if you require this.
  • School administration and educational assistants will continue to meet and greet at drop-off and pick-up.
  • Student drop-off should occur between 8:15am and 8:40am when the siren goes.
  • All students that arrive before 8:25am should assemble in the boulevard area where they will be supervised.
  • Parents, students and staff will continue to support social distancing.
  • Increased levels of cleaning will be maintained.
  • Sanitising stations will continue to be set up for classrooms.
  • The playgrounds will be cleaned each afternoon.
  • Students will not have access to playgrounds after school due to the cleaning regimes.

School P&C

I wish to acknowledge the efforts of our school P&C members over the course of this year. It has been very difficult to coordinate fundraising events with so many restrictions, due to COVID. They as always have remained resilient and proactive in their efforts. Recent events include the discos for Kindy through to Year 6. These were well attended and the children greatly enjoyed themselves.  On behalf of the school community I thank all P&C members for supporting our school.

Keeping our Children Safe

The safety of our students is of paramount importance. It is disappointing to note some very unsafe practices in the parent car park. Just this morning I witnessed excessive speed through the car park, parents allowing their child/ren to jump out of the car in the thoroughfare, a lack of patience and courtesy in allowing cars to reverse out and not checking for cars when reversing. I ask that all parents stop and consider the safety of all students when dropping off and picking up their children. The extra minute or so that it takes to ensure our children are safe is well worth the investment of time.

Social Media

We have recently noted an increase in inappropriate use of social media at home. These incidents are being reported to the school and, at times are most certainly impacting the good order of the school. As such I continue to remind parents of the importance of regularly monitoring their child’s use of social media. Many of the platforms our students are reported to be using at home are not recommended for primary aged students. Parents are reminded that they can access a great deal of information in order to set up monitoring devices for their child’s use of apps and social media through the eSafety Commissioner website.

If your child is receiving inappropriate content or is being bullied online, I encourage parents to report such incidents through the eSafety Commissioner website.

For further information regarding the following please click on the link below.

  • Use of parental controls
  • Setting time limits
  • Know the games or apps your child is using
  • Turn on privacy settings
  • Co-View and co-play


Student Councillors

I applaud the efforts of our student councillors in their recent presentation to the School Board. Their reflections of what is working well at Campbell PS and what would make it even better were insightful. Despite the adversity all of our Year 6 students have faced this year they have shown great resilience and understanding.



Interschool Carnivals

I would like to wish all the students who will be representing Campbell PS all the best in their events in the week 5 Interschool Athletics. The students have been busy practising and I look forward to seeing them compete on the day/s along with as many of the Campbell community possible to cheer loudly for our Campbell students.

Class Placement 2021

The process of creating class lists for the 2021 school year will commence in the coming weeks. Parents who feel they have relevant information pertaining to the placement of their child in 2021 should advise me in writing. All correspondence should be addressed to the Principal and be received no later than 4:00pm, Monday, 9 November 2020. Parents are advised that requests for specific teachers and or requests for non-placement in composite classes or tandem arrangements are not considered. The school does not view these arrangements as detrimental to students’ academic or social development. Parents should also be aware that correspondence provided to the Principal will be considered by staff, but does not guarantee a particular outcome being sought by parents.

Further information regarding class placement is available on the school’s website – Campbell Primary School’s Class Placement Guidelines. I encourage all parents to read this document as it clearly defines the rigorous process undertaken to place students each year.

End of Year Book Awards

Once again we are asking the Campbell Community for their support.  Parents, community members and businesses who wish to donate a book for the end of year student achievement awards are invited to donate to the value of $35.00. We are requesting a cash donation so that teachers can select a book applicable to the student receiving the award.

A tax invoice can be issued for businesses that require one for accounting purposes.  Please call into the School Administration to make a donation or email for a tax invoice to be issued.  All sponsorships will be acknowledged on a bookplate on the inside cover of the award.

Due to social distancing requirements the Book Award assembly will now be run in 2 sessions. These are as follows:

Pre-primary – Year 2 commencing at 9.00am

Year 3 – Year 5 commencing at 2.00pm.


Semester 2 Reports

Reports will be going home via Connect on Thursday 10 December 2020 and parents who wish to have a meeting with teachers can make an appointment time in the last week of term.

Student Dress Code Policy

I am starting to observe several students out of uniform. As such parents are reminded that we have a School Board endorsed Student Dress Code Policy. The purpose of the dress code is to:

  • Establish and enhance the image of the school;
  • Establish school spirit and teamwork;
  • Ensure students are safely dressed for specific school activities;
  • Encourage equality among students; and
  • Prepare students for work, as many work places have dress and safety codes.

The Student Dress Code Policy can be found on the school’s website. I encourage parents to take the time to revisit the policy and ensure their child is in correct uniform attire.