Principal’s Address

June 2022
Dear parents/carers, staff and students,
Parents are reminded that the Semester 1 student reports will be sent home electronically through Connect. Given significant absences of students and staff due to COVID-19, we have extended the date for reports to be sent home. The reports will now be sent out on Monday, 27 June 2022.
The information provided in the report provides a summary of your child’s achievement, effort and attitude. The report is just one of a number of strategies used by the school to communicate with you about your child’s progress. Parents and carers are asked to spend time with their children to discuss the report. We believe this to be a very valuable exercise and would encourage all parents to acknowledge the wonderful work completed by their children and look at setting some goals for Semester 2. Position Grade reports will also be sent home.
It is most important that parents ensure that they have registered on Connect prior to this date. If you have not done so or are requiring assistance with this, please contact
Early Close – Report Interviews
Parents/carers that wish to discuss their child’s report with the classroom teacher/s and or specialist teachers, have the opportunity to do so during the scheduled early close on Wednesday 27 July, 2022. The purpose of these meetings is to allow time for a discussion between parents and teachers, regarding any concerns and or queries you have regarding your child’s report. Students in Year 4 to Year 6 are invited to attend the meeting with their parent.
The school will close at 11.15am; students are to be collected from their class at this time. If you would like your child to walk/ride home or be collected by someone different it is important that you provide the class teacher with a note. Parents are asked to make alternative arrangements for their child/ren on this day.
Students Arriving Late to School
Did you know that students that consistently arrive late to school each day can lose up to 50 hours of instruction time, with up to 200 interruptions to class over the school year ?
It is of concern that we are seeing an increasing number of students arriving to school after the siren. In many classes, up to a quarter of the students in the class are arriving late. This is not acceptable unless there is valid reason for being late. We do understand that there are times students arrive late for a valid reason, which is beyond their control; however, the majority of late arrivals to school are without a valid reason.
Campbell Primary School values every minute that a student is in class. Students that arrive late to class interrupt the teaching and learning programme, this impacts not only the student that is late but all other students in the class. We implore parents to support the school in having your child/ren here before the school siren at 8:40 am. All classrooms open at 8:25 am. Students that arrive this little bit earlier have time to be organised and settle in for the day’s learning.
I expect to see a great improvement in this area.
Keeping our Children Safe
Just last week in a neighbouring school a student was run over in the car park. Fortunately, the child is ok. We have also had a couple of near misses over the course of this term. This is a very timely reminder to all parents of the need to slow down, use the cross walk and be patient when using the car park. By doing just this you can help ensure the safety of not only your own children but all children.
I thank the many parents that are making good use of the school’s Kiss and Drive facility. Accessing this is alleviating considerable congestion in the car park.
In-Term Swimming
According to the National Safe Kids Campaign, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death to children ages one through 14. It is absolutely crucial that all children know how to swim at a young age. There is water all around us, even if it’s as small as a bathtub. Making sure that your child is comfortable in and around water is essential to their safety.
Swimming lessons are the best way to significantly decrease the risks of drowning. The earlier our children start lessons the better.
All students in Pre-primary, Year 1, 3, 5 and 6 will receive information next week, regarding in-term swimming lessons commencing on Monday 1 August 2022. Please be advised, the cost for swimming lessons will be $55.00 per child. This cost is lower than the cost for Term 2 swimming lessons due to the number of buses required.
We hope to see all students attend the lessons as it is so very important that our children learn to swim. Parents are reminded that the pools are heated, and that despite the cooler weather the students greatly enjoy the lessons alongside their friends.
Staffing Semester 2
Farewell to Mrs Cunningham
We sadly farewell Mrs Cunningham at the end of this term as she has made the decision to retire. On behalf of the school staff and community, I thank Mrs Cunningham for the outstanding contributions she has made to the education of our students. Mrs Cunningham commenced at Campbell PS in 2004 and has worked across many year levels. She will be sorely missed by the staff, students, and community. Community members will have an opportunity to farewell Mrs Cunningham at the senior assembly, which is scheduled for the 30 June 2022 at 8 :40 am. We wish Mrs Cunningham all the very best for her retirement and the future.
Student Enrolments
If your child is starting Kindergarten, Pre-primary, Year 7 or changing schools in 2023, it is imperative that you enrol your child/ren before 22 July, 2022. Information is provided on the school’s webpage.
Thank you to our P&C
As you know, the Campbell PS P&C have continued to work tirelessly to support the school financially through fundraising, with the recent Mother’s Day stalls, election day sausage sizzle and uniform stalls. I thank all members and volunteers for their continued support of our school.
I would like to wish all parents/carers, staff and students a very safe and relaxing holiday. Term 2 has been another very busy and highly productive term at Campbell and I am sure that everyone is now looking forward to the break. I look forward to Semester 2 and welcoming all back to school.
Kind regards,
Lynne Bates