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Principal's Piece - Justin Harrison


Principal’s Piece


 — Justin Harrison



Parent and Community Engagement
Quality partnerships between school and home are integral to the success of the student.
They require a reciprocal commitment from staff and parents to work together to improve student learning and wellbeing. Effective partnerships can help to raise parents’ awareness of their ability to improve their children’s learning and wellbeing. Understanding the school, home and community contribution to student learning helps cultivate a holistic learning environment.
While involving parents in school activities (e.g. attending school events) is important, it is engagement through learning partnerships which has shown to have much greater impact on student outcomes. I thank all parents/carers who continually try and engage in their child’s education, a process which can be very difficult during this phase of their life.
Consequently, I thought I would take this opportunity to remind everyone of ways that we as parents/carers can do to support our loved ones:
1). Keep up-to-date by reading information from the school
2). Maintain a positive dialogue with your child about what they are learning
3). Establish appropriate study arrangements
4). Ask your child about their learning and school day
5). Access local services including local community health services, parenting   programs      and libraries that can support your child’s learning  and development
6). Monitor screen time and sleep
7). Promote a healthy lifestyle
8). Talk with your child about goals and aspirations
9). Be approachable and supportive
10). Support good relationships with peers
Survey Reminder
Thank you to all of those who have already completed the Parent/Caregiver Survey. If you have not had a chance to complete the survey yet, please note that the online surveys will remain open until Friday, 23rd of August 2019. This is your opportunity to provide feedback about what our school does well and how we can improve to help shape our school’s future. If you haven't received a paper survey form yet or if your survey has been misplaced, please contact Rachael Hartwig on Phone: 49 714333 or email

Road Safety—Student Drop Off and Pick Up
The safety of our students is of paramount importance and we thank our parents for their support in the area of student drop off and pick up.
To help reduce the traffic congestion down the front of the school in the afternoons, I am asking all drivers not to sit in the que waiting for a space which blocks the entrance to the stop drop and go. Not only is this stopping our buses for entering the bus lane and transporting students home on time, it is dangerously backing up the traffic onto Philip Street and the roundabout on Benaraby Road. I urge all parents/family members to adhere to the road safety rules, especially around schools.
Finally, staff supervision of this area can be challenging, especially when their primary role is to monitor approximately 800 students exiting the school and ensuring their safety in a complex environment. In line with the above, the last thing they need is for upset parents voicing their displeasure towards them. As you can appreciate, it is a difficult job; one that I believe my staff do exceptionally well. There are going to be times whereby parents/carers feel frustrated, please do not take it out on my staff. If you have any concerns regarding pick up, please contact me.

2019 Immunisation Program for Years 7 & 10
The next Student Vaccinations will be on Wednesday the 16th of October. For further details, please see page 16.