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From The Principal
The council or board of a public school works with the school community to achieve the best outcomes for students.
It plays an important role in contributing to good school governance so that school resources are used efficiently and community expectations and the school’s priorities reflect the needs of students.
There are two types of school councils/boards: incorporated and unincorporated. Most schools have an unincorporated council/board. Incorporated councils/boards have higher levels of obligations and additional functions. An unincorporated council/board uses approved terms of reference to define its way of working and to meet the requirements of the legislation. The information pack includes advice on the roles and responsibilities of a school council/board, membership, induction and procedures for conducting elections and meetings. An incorporated council/board must have a constitution which defines its rules and way of working. The constitution meets legislative requirements and includes advice on the roles of office bearers, meetings and proceedings, management of finances, disputes and mediation, legal responsibilities, induction and requirement to obtain insurance.
The functions of councils/boards are covered by legislation and include both approval and advisory roles. Some of the matters councils/boards may make decisions on include fees and charges, book lists, sponsorship and dress codes. Councils/boards make these decisions with the principal who ensures the decisions adhere to legislative and policy requirements. Principals also seek the advice of councils/boards so as to understand local community views.
The council/board does not intervene in the control or management of the school. This is the role of the principal.
The School Board at Leeming Primary School has been working very effectively, the board meets two times a term for short and punctual meetings. The meetings are chaired by the Board Chair Peita Alberti.
Due to the retirement of some members, there are several new vacancies. There are three (3x) Parent representative vacancies on the board. These positions are for a three-year tenure. We would encourage all parents to consider the opportunity, especially parents from our multi-cultural community.
Please send a short self-nomination email to myself firstname.lastname@example.org before March 24. If there are more than three nominations, we will hold an election. The school community will select members through an election process.
Reporting to Parents
In Term 1 the school runs a process of reporting to parents. The interview evening will be held on Wednesday 1 April (not a joke!)
During this time parents will be allocated a short window of time to meet with your classroom teacher. During that time, they will discuss how your child is progressing and a goal for improvement. The times will be managed through an online booking system, that will become open in the next couple of weeks.
This is a great process that requires everyone to be organised. There is no leeway for running over time, or missing an allocated time slot.
Harmony Day 2020
Leeming Primary School students will celebrate Harmony Day on Friday the 27th of March this is a day when we promote diversity and acceptance of other cultures. A time to talk about and celebrate heritage, culture and community.
Children are encouraged to come to school dressed in National dress; something orange (since orange is the colour associated with Harmony day); or school uniform. It is not a free dress day.
The National dress costume does not necessarily have to be directly linked to your family’s cultural heritage.
The P & C will be organising a sausage sizzle for lunch on this day and order forms will be sent home with your child shortly.
There will be an assembly at 12:00 and then a picnic. Please come and enjoy the assembly and enjoy lunch together with your child/children.
National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence
Next Friday the 20th March is the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.
As a way to raise awareness and encourage inclusiveness and friendship in our school, we will be showing the movie “Ugly Dolls” to all students in the undercover area after lunch on that day.
The movie is an animated adventure in which the free-spirited ‘Ugly Dolls’ confront what it means to be different, struggle with a desire to be loved and ultimately discover that who you truly are is what matters most.
The movie is rated PG, so if you would not like your child to participate in the viewing, please contact the front office by no later than Wednesday the 18th March, as alternative arrangements will need to be made.
Students are also invited to bring a pillow and small teddy for maximum enjoyment purposes.
Thank you for your support.
Week 7: I am responsible for my actions even when I make mistakes.
Week 8: I model good behaviour without direct supervision.