Principal’s Address Week 1 Term 4

Dear Parents/carers,

Welcome back, I do hope that all families enjoyed a lovely break. The students most definitely have returned very settled. A special welcome to students and families that are new to our school this term.

I also welcome Mr Clint McNerney to our school. Mr McNerney has been appointed as Assistant Principal for Term 4, full-time, Monday through to Friday. Mrs Emily Upson is also taking on the role of Assistant Principal for Term 4, Wednesday through to Friday. Mr McNerney is the executive leader for Years 4 – 6 and Mrs Upson is the Executive leader for Kindergarten, Pre-primary and Year 1. I look forward to their contributions to our school.

NAPLAN 2019

The results for NAPLAN testing Year 3 and Year 5 have been incredibly positive. Our Year 3 cohort achieved well above state, national and like schools mean (see table below). Our Year 5 cohort achieved above like schools in reading, writing, spelling and punctuation and grammar and at like schools in numeracy. I am incredibly proud of both the students and the staff. Our school’s focus over the last few years has been on implementing evidence-based approaches, early intervention programmes and ensuring connected practice across the school. The school’s efforts are now being reflected in very strong student results. I also thank parents for your commitment to our school’s direction and supporting your child/ren to reach their potential.

A more comprehensive summary of the school’s results will be shared at the next School Board meeting, scheduled for the 28 October, 2019.  I invite parents along to this meeting as observers. If you wish to attend please contact Kylie at the front office by next Monday 21 October 2019.

Kylie.Christie@education.wa.edu.au

A more detailed analysis of our results will also be provided in the 2019 Annual Report which will be available next semester.

WA Massed Choir Festival

On Wednesday 25 September 2019 the Campbell Choir performed as part of the WA Massed Choir Festival at the prestigious Perth Concert Hall. The concert comprised of a massed choir of 500 voices taken from interstate primary schools in the Perth metropolitan area. The students have worked extremely hard over the last two terms, under the guidance of Mrs Perica, to learn an extremely challenging repertoire. Year 6 student, Aurora T, was selected as featured soloist on the night and performed magnificently. The performance was well received by all members of the school community and the students should be congratulated on their outstanding efforts.

Class Placement 2020

The process of creating class lists for the 2020 school year will commence in the coming weeks. Parents who feel they have relevant information pertaining to the placement of their child in 2020 should advise me in writing. All correspondence should be addressed to the Principal and be received no later than 4:00 pm, Monday, 11 November 2019. 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.

For further information regarding class placement is available on the school’s webpage-   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.

Bushfire Plan Drill

A summary of the school’s Bushfire Plan can be found on the school’s webpage. Parents are advised that a bushfire drill will be conducted in the coming weeks. These drills are essential as they ensure we are able to respond quickly and effectively if the need arises.

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 Nicola.Spires@education.wa.edu.au for a tax invoice to be issued.  All donations will be acknowledged on a bookplate on the inside cover of the award.

Not Returning to Campbell in 2020

Planning for Campbell’s 2020 school year has commenced, I would ask that parents please advise the school if their child/ren will not be returning to Campbell next year. Please email Sue Forman, Business Manager – Susan.Forman@education.wa.edu.au  if and when you decide your child will not be returning.  We appreciate any information that you can provide as soon as convenient.

Lynne Bates

Principal

October 2019