Term 4 is upon us! This is always a busy term because not only do we have the normal business of a school, but we also have the next school year to plan for. With that in mind, it’s worth sharing where we’re up to in that regard.
Along with attracting the highest quality teachers, minimising our staffing turnover has been a big focus for me over the past two years. There is, potentially, two changes on the horizon for 2020, and I will share that information when I have confirmation.
Miss Sue and Ms Lock will continue in their leadership positions, and Mr Butler will lead the Year 11\12 aspects of the school. We will be taking on staff to deliver Year 11\12, but that is still in the planning stages.
Our classes in the primary area are very likely to remain as they are this year. That being:
- Year 1\2
- Year 3\4
- Year 5\6
Our Year 7 to 10 classes are likely to consist of two home groups, 7\8 and 9\10, but some subject areas will see them split into smaller groups. For example, the 7\8 class, consisting of approximately 25 students, may attend Science as one group but be split in two for subjects like English and Math. I will share more information on this subject when it is appropriate.
Minor and Capital Works
Over the summer break, works will take place in the Kindergarten area, renovating the toilets and making them accessible from outside. This will mean that our younger students will not have to share the same facilities as the Secondary students.
Stormwater mitigation works will take place above the Kitchen\Kindergarten block to ensure that water is no longer flowing under the buildings, causing dampness issues.
Planning and designing for the Year 11\12 extension building is underway and is very exciting. A preferred site has been selected, and the building will likely be constructed along the highway side of the Hall, incorporating the existing rooms into the structure. I hope to have preliminary sketches available to share in the next few weeks. The new building will consist of very flexible spaces and have facilities for community use.
Year 11 and 12
2020 will see our new Year 11\12 initiative run from Myola, the school-owned house at the bottom of the oval. We have several enrolments and expect that we will gain more throughout next year. The new facility is scheduled to be ready for the start of the school year, 2021.
The Prep class did a brilliant job of conducting the end of term assembly on the last day of Term 3. Year 5/6 played marimba, Mr E sang and the Year 9/10's told the audience about their Port Arthur Camp. Congratulations to all of the Wall of Achievement recipients, and to those students who received Certificates of Merit and Achievement.
Sarah Hall, who is half way through her degree in Veterinary Science, has donated a lovely 12-book collection of "Juliet nearly a Vet", and Associate Professor Wendy Wright of Federation University has donated "Who Did That?" (because every library should have a book about poo!). We would like to thank them both very much for their thoughtfulness and generosity.
On Thursday 17th October, primary school students were invited to bring a Teddy friend to school. The event was the brainchild of Jesse (Year 4) who did a fantastic job of lobbying for his idea to be included on the school calendar, and organising the day. All money raised (over $70) is being donated to Variety - the Children's Charity. Well done Jesse, and thank you everyone for supporting Teddy Day and making it a success!
We are lucky to have Mrs Stacey Underdown at Dover as a pre-service teacher on her last placement. She is enjoying getting to know the Year 5/6 class and the students are enjoying having a break from Mrs Stocker’s lame jokes.
A fun afternoon with Years 2 and 3.
As an introduction to their next year, the Year 2’s joined the Year 3’s for a social creative Friday afternoon. Everyone had so much fun simply creating to their hearts content (and moaning when it came time to clean up!!)
Emma was busy making an egg house that Eeyore (her house dog) is not allowed to eat or roll in!! He will have strict instructions from her when she gets home.
Marcus made a cat house for his cat Darcy. Sage and Jayda made a house that connects to McDonalds and the owner will be serving all the junk food in the world (like a triple pattie beef burger).
Archie made an ammo box while Julia was searching for a tape roll so her house was complete with a toilet.
Lily made a balcony on her house complete with an egg carton ladder and Joe and Nate made a ferocious scary crocodile with an elaborate golden tooth.
James decided to build a house complete with a chimney and a draw bridge so people are heavily screened before they enter while Roman was helping Lily build her house.
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