Principal's Message

Re-structure   Due to significant new enrolments last week, we needed to create an additional class and shuffle many students into different classrooms. This was completed very quickly last Friday and I wish to formally thank everyone involved for supporting this transition. All classes have settled down, student numbers in each class are very good and teachers have worked hard to analyse assessments and set in place planning for improvement for all students in their respective classes.

Whole School Literacy Focus Nearly all teachers took time during the recent school holidays to attend a sequence of professional learning over 4 days in Perth. We now have a defined whole-of-school approach to teaching students (K-6) speech, spelling, reading and writing. Consequently, we have developmental profiles, specific teaching targets and agreements to have measured improvement for all students in their respective classes.

Attending these training sessions and working collaboratively back here at school, has given impetus to a pedagogical shift for teachers at Castletown PS. This is in line with the Department of Education’s policies and our School Business Plan.

Teacher-Parent Meetings We are currently developing a new framework to offer parents different and more appropriate opportunities to formally engage with their child’s teacher. This will be discussed with staff, the P&C and the School Board. At Castletown PS we are keen to enhance greater participation and engagement with parents of students across the school K-6.

LOTE – French Commencing this year, students P-6 will be learning French. We are very excited about this and warmly welcome Ms Garn who has been appointed by the school to implement the French Language Program. Ms Garn is settling in very well to her new role at Castletown PS and we wish her every success.

Student Councillors  A total of 22 applications have been received from our Year 6 cohort for a position as Student Councillor 2019. The Selection Panel  (Principal, Deputy Principal and 2 x School Board members) is currently engaged in identifying the most suitable applicants and we look forward to announcing the successful students very soon. It is an honour and a privilege to be selected and we look forward to working with and supporting our new Student Councillors in 2019 to make a difference at our school.

Concerns/Issues I have really appreciated being given the opportunity to work with parents when issues and concerns are raised with me. Should you need to raise matters I can be contacted at the school on 9071 5599 or by email on colin.brand@education.wa.edu.au and I look forward to working with you resolve these.


Enjoy a safe, happy and successful 2019.


Colin Brand

Principal


Our Student Leaders Selection Panel - Mr Brand, Mr Guest, Mrs Wright and Mr Weckert.

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