Welcome to the 2017 school year. I am most excited about the year ahead and am looking forward to establishing positive and supportive relationships our families for the benefit of all students. Please take the time to browse through our school website for a range of information about our school staff, programs, policies and processes.
School Vision, Mission and Values:
As a result of our school review cycle in 2016, we are currently finalising the wording for our revised school vision. This will be uploaded to the website in the near future. Our mission statements will support the new school vision. We have maintained our existing school values, and these are listed below.
Respect: Valuing yourself and others.
Responsibility: Being responsible for what we do, say and learn.
Care: Showing concern for one another.
Friendship: Getting along and being friendly to one another.
Honesty: Being truthful to yourself and others.
Doing your best: Trying your hardest to produce to your best effort.
Our students are our number one priority and we provide a learning environment where children flourish. We have a tradition of providing an extensive and comprehensive educational program and we enjoy an excellent reputation within the local community and beyond. Maximising the learning potential of all students is our major purpose.
In 2017 our School Improvement Team (senior leaders) will consist of a group of five staff - the Principal, Assistant Principal, Wellbeing Leading teacher and both the English and Mathematics Coordinators. They will oversee the running of the school, with a key focus on the educational programs being delivered. For more information about the leadership team, please refer to the “About our School” section of the website, via the pull down drop box “Leadership”.
This year, we will be running nineteen classrooms across the school – four Foundation classes, seven grade one/two classes, four grade three/four classes and four grade five/six classes. We will be using all of our twenty available classrooms – with the twentieth classroom repainted and recarpeted over the Christmas break to house our school library for 2017.
Our specialist programs have been extended, with all four specialist programs now offered to all students from Foundation through to Grade Six. These include Physical Education, Visual Art, Performing Art and Indonesian. Students will participate in each of the four specialist classes once per week.
We welcome nine new staff to our school this year – five classroom teachers (Rebecca Hocking, Sharna Hemsley, Jacque Rowe, Natasha Satler and Cornelia Scott), two integration aides (Rose Nicolo and Samantha Monaco) and one school welfare officer (Roland Gardiner).
Prior to the start of the school year, all teams met to complete their planning for term one. Classrooms were set up and resources were organised. We are very fortunate to have such dedicated and committed staff at Wandong Primary School.
Over the recent holiday period, we began phase one of the move onto the extension of our current school site. Four new relocatable classrooms were delivered to ‘the block’, and these rooms will house our four grade three/four classes for this coming year. An initial delay, due to wet weather on the classroom delivery day, put us slightly behind schedule, however by the start of the second week of school, our grade three/four students were in their new classrooms. The back section of ‘the block’ has been fenced off for a specific play space for this grade level – however these students can also access the original school site should they wish to use the school oval or play of the climbing equipment.
We invite and welcome families to join us on their child’s/ren’s learning journey, participating within the classroom through our parent helpers program, and additionally invite parents and guardians to join us on camps, excursions and at other special school events. Information relating to participating in school based events is forwarded to all families towards the end of February.
Families wishing to find out more about our school, with a view to future enrolment, are asked to contact the school office for additional information.
I am most privileged to be the principal of such a wonderful school and wish our school community a happy, healthy and exciting 2017.