Independent Public School
Over the last couple of weeks I have done quite a few parent tours for prospective parents. When I am talking about being an Independent Public School (IPS) I have often been asked how this has changed the school. It is a good question and I thought that I would share my answer in a wider context.
The change from a School Council to a School Board has been a positive move forward. Although School Council worked hard and well, the agenda was mostly driven by the school and me! Having a School Board with an independent Chair has ensured that there is real and valuable community input into the strategic direction of the school.
Since becoming IPS we have taken the opportunity to revisit our values, update our logo, signage and uniforms. It is all part of the Board’s vision for the school to be the best it can be and looking professional in all aspects.
Being IPS has enabled us to have increased input in our staffing processes. As a result we have been able to fine tune selection processes to attract staff that best meet our needs.
There is a move currently, to having schools on a more even footing and there will probably become less and less difference between IPS and non IPS schools.
At this week’s Board Meeting Charlotte Bramanis resigned from the Board to follow exciting opportunities for her family overseas. The Chair positon will be filled in an acting capacity until the end of the year. Next Term we will advertise again for the vacancy on the board. The new Chair will be selected by the board from the board.
Charlotte has been an integral part of the school’s development over the last few years. The process of being selected for IPS was rigorous. Charlotte was a key component of our successful bid and worked very hard representing the school community. Since that period she has chaired the board very professionally and the Board is in a good place.
On a personal note I have appreciated working alongside Charlotte and amongst the work, we have shared many a laugh. I wish her luck in her endeavours and thank her for her hard work.
At the moment teachers are working hard preparing reports for the end of Semester 1. They are a reflection of how your child is travelling and shouldn’t be a surprise.
In Term 3 we will be holding our Open Night as a celebration of work completed.
The Year 1 students from Room 5 have been taking inspiration from Cezanne’s love of pears and still life. They have been studying shape and colour. A display of their amazing work can be seen in the front office.
As a grand finale to learning all the letters of the alphabet students from ECC1 and ECC2 dressed up with costumes starting with their favourite letter.
Dogs Make Reading Fun !!
Story Dogs is a reading support program where selected children read to an accredited dog and it’s handler. Reading takes place in a quiet area of the school such as the library or verandah outside the classroom. Sessions run for 20 minutes where each child is one on one with the Dog Team. The books used in the program are suitable for each child’s reading level, are engaging and inspire children to read for enjoyment and knowledge.
When children read to a dog the outcomes are amazing:
- They have FUN
- They are not judged
- Their focus improves
- Their reading skills increase
- Their confidence soars
We are very excited to have Seamus and his handler Susan visiting Leeming Primary School to introduce this worthwhile program.
Click here to view the Story Dog Flyer
IMPORTANT SCHOOL TIMES TO NOTE
||10.40am – 11.00am
||12.40am – 1.00pm
||1.00pm – 1.20pm
If your student arrives after 8.50 am please make sure they go the the front office to collect a late note. This ensures that if the teacher has marked the attendance roll with an absence, the roll can be changed to reflect that they are now at school.
Student absences can be advised by phone, email or text message. Please include your child’s name and reason for absence.
Please talk to your children and ask them to come to the office at the end of the day, if you are running late and/or are not in your usual pick-up spot.
Semester One reports will be published directly to you through Connect on Wednesday 27th June 2018. Connect has been implemented in our school as one of our main forms of communication. It is an integrated online environment developed by the Department of Education WA for staff, students and parents in public schools.
How will parents access Connect?
You should already have received your own secure login to Connect earlier this year or upon enrolment. Connect is totally free and because it is provided by the Department of Education, very safe. As well as being able to log in to Connect on any internet-enabled device, you may also receive notices either by email or a notification to your phone.
A free app called Connect Now can be downloaded from Google Play or the Apple App Store and this will allow you to receive Connect notices as push notifications.
Some students have a non-standard report and these documents will be emailed directly to parents.
A paper copy of Kindergarten Reports will be sent home as in previous years.
What is the benefit of an E Report?
- The ability to easily reprint and forward copies of reports.
- Parents being able to retain a digital record of student achievement.
If you have not provided the school with an up to date email address or have had issues with logging into Connect please email Leeming.PS.Office@education.wa.edu.au or see the Semester One Report Letter to Parents which has a return slip attached. This letter will be coming home with students as a hard copy tomorrow.
School Watch is a partnership between the WA Police and the Department of Education aimed at protecting public schools from vandalism, theft and damage.
Every year, criminal damage to schools not only costs Western Australian taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars, but also inconveniences students, their families, teachers and local residents.
While the Police and Department work closely together to minimise crime at school premises, you too can help. With more than 650 public schools involved in the School Watch program the community’s role is vital, particularly after school hours and during school holidays.
Most importantly, if you live near a public school and see or hear suspicious behaviour immediately contact School Watch Security or the Police.
Who to contact
School Watch Security T: 1800 177 777
Police T: 131 444
When you contact School Watch Security, Department security officers can quickly attend schools in the metropolitan area. The Police will attend if called.
How your call helps
Your call could prevent break-ins, vandalism, graffiti or even arson. Ensuring your school is well cared for reflects on your community and contributes to the value of surrounding residential properties, so it’s worth it!
At the local level school principals are encouraged to promote School Watch and, where possible, provide feedback through newsletters and the local media in instances where residents’ calls have been valuable.
Each month, School Watch receives an average of 200 calls from the public. During holiday periods the number increases significantly. So your involvement really makes a difference.
What to look for
- The most important times for you to be vigilant are during school holidays as schools are unattended and therefore more vulnerable than usual to crime.
- Keep in mind that schools are generally large physical areas with multiple “blind spots”. If you hear unusual noises from within a school, such as glass breaking or banging noises, this might mean people are up to no good.
- Look for unusual vehicles parked at a school on weekends or during holidays.
- Watch for groups “hanging around” on school grounds. This should not occur and can be one of the starting points for crime to occur.
A huge thank you to the P&C (especially Alanna Birkbeck) for running the Colour Run4Fun on Friday. We are looking forward to seeing all the photos from the day. Please click below for the latest P&C Newsletter.
P&C Newsletter Week 6
Please note that everyone is welcome to join the P&C Committee at 7.00pm in the Leeming PS Staff Room on Monday 18th June. If you wold like to meet your P&C and contribute your ideas and suggestions please feel free to come along.