Welcome back to all our returning families and to our 25 new families to our school too. We also welcome our highest number of Prep families enrolled at our school in a number of years. As a school staff, we are delighted that you have decided to be part of Grace and I look forward to meeting up with you all in the mornings or at evening events over the coming weeks.
Over the Staff training days held at the beginning of the year, we focussed on Pastoral Care, engagement of students and our academic standards. Our staff did training in writing skills and student engagement and I was particularly pleased with the level of professionalism and participation by our staff.
Our ground staff have been very busy over the holidays too. We had to remove the decking from around our trees as it was quite rotten. Of course safety of our students is paramount in our planning at school and this is included in our playground areas.
I am very grateful to our GOSHC staff who looked after around 50 students each day for vacation care. They played, danced, had fun, had creepy reptile shows, had exciting excursions and enjoyed each other’s company throughout December and January.
I am also very grateful to our new P&F committee – Julian Field (President), Nicole Pawson (Vice President), Ingrid Church (Secretary) and Karina Ivory (Treasurer). They also have worked hard over the holidays to refurbish the Parent Hub and I know they hope that all parents will feel welcome to come through this area and sit have a chat with other parents. We look forward to the new P&F committee and some of their innovations which will help us all feel connected and working together for the benefit of the children at this school.
As a concluding activity last year, we had a beautiful carols service on the Dalton oval. Thank you to Kyren Luostarinen for preparing this wonderful event. Thank you also to the outgoing P&F who organised our food trucks – it was a terrific night. The fireworks which concluded the event were sponsored by Sesame Lane Child Care Centres and we were very grateful for their contribution.
On Tuesday evening, we showed the new uniform which has now been sent away for final production. Please note, for parents who were not present, last year as part of the strategic plan, we surveyed parents about our school uniform. Two thirds of our parent body responded to the survey which was a very high return rate and 80% asked us to bring in a new uniform and to specifically remove the brown and yellow colours. Apart from some minor adjustments as to where logos go, the uniform will look like the pictures below and should be available from May 2019. All students in Prep to Year 5 will be expected to be in the new uniform by January 2021 with Year 6 in 2021 given one more year of wearing the old uniform. I thank the committee of parents and staff who helped choose the new uniform and also acknowledge the work of UMS our uniform providers as their help was invaluable.
Trudy Moala, Principal