PEAK SCHOOL DRAFT ANNUAL PLAN

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Attached below is the School’s 2013-2014 Annual Plan.

The annual plan lists all our “key strategies” for the 2013-2014 academic year.  The plan has been informed by our ongoing IB/CIS self study, feedback from parents, key ESF priorities and areas we have identified as wanting to further strengthen.  The plan has been endorsed by the School Council at the June, 2013 meeting but with an understanding that minor changes can be made to it between now and the next School Council meeting in September, 2013.

Please take the time to read the plan so you have an appreciation of our priorities for next year.

PS Annual Plan DRAFT 2013-2014

PTA SUPPORT

Our PTA made up of “mums and dads” continues to do an amazing job of raising funds and organising social event for our school community.

This year the school benefitted in the following ways from the support of the PTA –

  • Mathletics
  • Home Readers
  • iPads
  • Author in residence
  • Astro Turf ($375,000)
  • Performing arts redevelopment (staging, lighting and sound)

The Peak School Has Talent was a highlight for the children (and parents) as a number of Year 6 children at their leavers party talked about this as an event they will always remember.

Nicci Corrado and Kate Jackson have been the driving force again this year but have been fully supported by the rest of the team throughout the year.  Sadly we farewell Liselle Carey and Lara Fabiani after several years serving on the PTA.  We are very grateful for their contribution and we wish them and their families all the very best in the future.

Whilst Kate Jackson is leaving us also she will be officially farewelled at the AGM which will be held in the new academic year.

If you would like to join the PTA please talk to one of the existing PTA members or contact the school office.

IMPORTANT SURVEY FOR PARENTS ABOUT PEAK SCHOOL

SURVEY NOW CLOSED AS OF END OF 2012/2013 ACADEMIC YEAR
As we come to the end of another busy and productive year, I would like to ask for 5 minutes of your time to answer a quick survey regarding some key areas of our school.  My thanks to the many families that have already responded.  As part of the IB/CIS self study we would really appreciate your responses to the questions found in the link below.  Most of the questions follow up on the questions asked during the ESF Stake Holders Survey completed this time last year.  It is a chance for you to state what you think is working well at Peak School and areas for us to develop.
The survey will ask for your Gateway login ID but please appreciate that this is so that we can ensure the survey is completed only once by each family and that only school community members can respond.
Please click HERE to access the short survey.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to fill in the survey.  It will be extremely useful in terms of understanding what we are doing well and where we can improve.

YEAR 6 EXHIBITION

The Year 6 children have been busy for the last 6 weeks on their Exhibition work.  The children will present their work to family members and specially invited guests on Tuesday afternoon/evening from 4.30pm onwards.  School community members are invited to attend the exhibition on Wednesday until 12.30pm as the children will be “at their stations” happy to share with you all the work that they have been doing.

Raising awareness and taking action

A major component of their exhibition is to raise awareness and to take action.  All groups have thought long and hard around the best way to do this and who would benefit most from the funds that are raised.

Upcoming Events

The Year 6 children have been presenting information to the school at recent assemblies to raise awareness.  Some of the events they have been promoting include;

  • Red and Purple day on Thursday, 20 June (Child Soldiers and Educational rights for girls)
  • Bake sale on Thursday, 20 June (Poverty)
  • Rainbow Day on Wednesday, 26 June (Child Disabilities)

Thank you for your support of the Child Labour groups who raised over $11,000 for a range of charities that help children, who are victims of child labour, by providing basics such as food, clothing and shelter.  They also help these children enter school for the first time.

LIBRARY NEWSLETTER – JUNE EDITION

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The library newsletter is out and can be found by clicking HERE.

This month the newsletter covers:

  • School’s out for the summer
  • A plea from the library
  • Summer reading list
  • Why can’t I skip the 20 minutes reading tonight?
  • Thank you to our library monitors
  • The new children’s laureate is announced
  • Check out the latest from the World’s most prestigious Book Awards
  • Did you know?
  • A quick reminder

Another great read with lots of information about the library and about reading.  This will be the last edition for the academic year.

 

LOCKDOWN DRILL – TERM 3

As you know we have a lock down every term.  This coming Thursday the 20th of July we plan to have another one.

Like last time we have informed the children of the date and the fact that we will be having a lockdown on this day.  We have reinforced to the children what the signal is and what to do once a lockdown alarm is activated.

The children may like to talk to you about this either before or after the actual event so we are giving advanced warning of the practice run.  Last time we were really impressed with how the children reacted and the school felt completely empty within 30 seconds of the alarm being activated.

Again we are taking the stance that this drill is useful should we have a rather angry squirrel or a dog the size of Mr Garnett walk onto the grounds wanting answers.  The children know to go to a place in the room where they cannot be seen or heard from outside.  They also know that the door should be locked, the lights turned off and that the room should remain completely silent and be free of movement until the “all clear” signal is given.

 

MEET THE NEW TEACHER

I can confirm the teachers and the year level they will be teaching at for next year but we are still in the process of working out which children will go into which classes.  As usual we are splitting the children in Year 2 (going into Year 3) and the children in Year 4 (going into Year 5).  Year 1, 3 and 5 will go up in their current classes.

I can also confirm that the children will meet their new teacher (or at least find out who their new teacher is as some are currently based overseas) on Thursday the 27th of June at 2.30pm.

Classes
Year 1 – Cathy Boon and Ruth Maclennan
Year 2 – Anna Trunkfield and Mark Evans
Year 3 – Jane Durbin and Stephenie Rowe
Year 4 – Nicole Maclennan and Loraine Fay
Year 5 – Tiphany Bloomfield and Tom Tobin
Year 6 – Sue Richards and Felix Auld
Specialists
Chinese – Mary Liu and Abbie Tsang
Music/Drama – Jane Engelmann
PE – Jamie Erwin
ICT and everything IT – Craig Hollingsworth
SEN
LSC – Tess Alton
Individual Needs – Helen Hattam
Library
Rosheen Rodwell and Liz Campbell
Vice Principals
Annettte Ainsworth and Chiqui Colet
Support Staff
We also have a strong and dedicated team of support staff including our Educational Assistants, Office staff and cleaners.

SURVEY FOR PARENTS

As we come to the end of another busy and productive year, I would like to ask for 5 minutes of your time to answer a quick survey regarding some key areas of our school.  My thanks to the many families that have already responded.  As part of the IB/CIS self study we would really appreciate your responses to the questions found in the link below.  Most of the questions follow up on the questions asked during the ESF Stake Holders Survey completed this time last year.
The survey will ask for your Gateway login ID but please appreciate that this is so that we can ensure the survey is completed only once by each family and that only school community members can respond.
Please click HERE to access the short survey.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to fill in the survey.  It will be extremely useful in terms of understanding what we are doing well and where we can improve.