PRINCIPAL’S REPORT – Working Bees & School Review

Principal’s Report

One Day Becomes Two…..

To coincide with the Saturday August 17th working bee publicised last week (see details below), I am excited to announce the commencement of the Refurbishment Works for our much cherished junior playground area. These playground works will run across two weekends – Saturday August 17th and 24th– to minimise the inconvenience of works to staff and students.  We therefore need as many parents as possible to attend.

Our list of projects just got bigger:

  • Project 1 – The front primary school oval is desperate for some TLC. The turf was laid last year but unfortunately the wear and tear is taking its toll. Some general turf maintenance with sand, seed, soil and fertiliser may be used to regenerate this area.  A small section of the back oval may also be included if time permits. Shovels could be handy for this project.
  • Project 2 – The Kitchen Garden needs some garden beds to be rebuilt and raised. Two gate posts need to be installed. Shovels and concrete tools may be needed.
  • Project 3 – The Hoddle St fence line garden needs weeding. Gloves and gumboots (if you have them) might be best for this job.
  • Project 4 – The McCutcheon Way garden bed adjacent the Gym needs to be made tidy with rubbish removal and plants trimmed. Some plants may be relocated to other areas around the school. Again, gloves and gumboots might be best for this job. Someone is needed who has experience at driving a Kanga.
  • Project 5 – Garden paths to be resurfaced. Shovels may be handy for this project.
  • Project 6 – Assembly of outdoor wooden furniture installed on Mezzanine. Portable drills and general tools may be handy for this.
  • Project 7 – Assembly of planter boxes and fill with soil and plants (If time permits).


  • Project 8 – We will concentrate on the west end, mostly on the sandpit area,  and hope to have it mostly operational at the end of the two weeks. 

17th:      – removing and storing plants, removing the sandpit sand/mulch etc and stockpiling, creating the mound at the brick structure, laying some stone edging.

24th:      – laying edging, setting in Sandpit Bridge, locating some larger rocks, refilling the sandpit.


School Review Year

All schools have a 4 year strategic plan which outlines the goals and targets for this period. Schools will be measured by their success in meeting these targets over the 4 year period. 2013 is our review year.

At the end of each plan, schools are asked to conduct a self-assessment that summarises the achievements, the prevailing challenges and context of the school. The self –assessment and other priorities and evidence will be used by the leadership team and the school council to set the new four year strategic plan.

Students and some staff have been involved in focus groups this week and the students in particular have been insightful in their assessment of the school. Parents can have an opportunity to be part of a community focus group on Friday, August 9th at 10am (immediately after the Spring Fair Parents meeting). This focus group can reflect on our achievements as a school community and parent involvement. It can raise concerns about prevailing issues and celebrate our successes.

Dale Perichon


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