Over the holiday period, Mr Polities continued to experience a level of ill health that has led to him being unable to return to work for the next few weeks. As a result, I will be filling in for him for a period of three weeks. It is expected that at this time, Mr Polities will be fit and well to return. This term also sees the appointment of Louise Whittering to the role of Acting Deputy Principal, the confirmation of Leisa Cave and Caroline Duffus to continue in their acting roles and the commencement of Ms Emma Nolan in Prep. I would like to congratulate and welcome staff to their positions and hope that they find these roles professionally rewarding.
Substantively I am the principal of Graceville State School and come to Jindalee with many years of experience as a principal. From my initial observations, there are certainly some aspects of the school that I am learning from and believe that I will be able to contribute to during my time here. Over the next few weeks I look forward to working with the staff, students and the community to continue the work already commenced this year. As an outsider coming into a school, I do make various observations in relation to behaviour, standards and so on. As I visit classes, I can see why the parents I have spoken to, speak so highly of the school. There is certainly some great work occurring with students, a very professional community of educators and some very innovative practices. The students I have met also have made a very good impression in relation to their level of engagement in class and the general behaviour; certainly some fine examples of the Jindalee Way.
This term, a continuing theme for school improvement is the development of a school-wide pedagogy. This is essentially an approach to the way we do our work of teaching. In simple terms it can be described as the art of teaching. This term will also see the students in years 3, 5 and 7 undertake their NAPLAN testing. Please be aware that unless a child is exempt or withdrawn from the testing, it is expected that all children in these year levels participate. Data from this testing assists us to further refine the programs offered to students and provide support as required.
The 2013 NAPLAN tests will be conducted in all Queensland schools on:
Tuesday 14 May: Language conventions and Writing tests
Wednesday 15 May: Reading
Thursday 16 May: Numeracy
Friday 17 May: "Catch-up" tests for students absent
on scheduled test dates.
Should you have any questions in relation to this testing, please direct these to your child's class teacher in the first instance.
As some of you may have noted, outside the school office, a number of trees were removed over the holidays. This work was undertaken with the approval of the P&C and authorised through the school. Unfortunately, when the planning process was undertaken, it was noted that the ANZAC memorial pine tree also in that area was unfortunately rotten. As a result the tree was also removed. Presently, Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning, Caroline Duffus, will be organising for a replacement tree through the Australian War Memorial. Whilst it is unfortunate that this tree was in need of removal, it will be replaced in due course.
I look forward to spending the next few weeks at Jindalee and meeting many more families as we commence our work for the term.