Another busy term is rapidly coming to a close. When I write the last newsletter for the term I am continually amazed at how quickly the term has gone. Term 2 closes at 3:10pm on Friday 1 July. Thank you to our hard working staff who have continued to provide a stimulating, challenging and engaging learning experience for students. I look forward to our learning journey continuing next term and wish all students a safe, happy and enjoyable break over the holidays.

Assembly

Our assembly last week was hosted by the year 6 students from Mrs Parkey’s class. In front of a large audience Room 5.4 presented their take on a monologue by Duncan Ball called ‘This School is driving me Nuts’. Students demonstrated their acting skills and delivered many ‘one line jokes’ that were a highlight. They were dressed as pigs, cows, teachers and even piano removalists! To celebrate the success of the assembly students from Room 5.4 had traffic jam on toast! Congratulations, Room 5.4.

Congratulations to students who were awarded Merit Certificates acknowledging their ability to follow the SAILS school agreements, well done.

Mrs Rowett’s Year 1 Room 2.2 class will be hosting tomorrow’s assembly from 8:50am in the Assembly Hall, all family and friends are invited to attend and support students in their performances and presentations.

Independent Public Schools Forum for Principals

All independent public school principals were recently invited to a one day forum in Perth. This was the first time all IPS principals had come together as a group since the reform had started. The forum enabled the Director General Sharyn O’Neill to address us about her expectations of independent public school principals in raising student achievement, empowering school communities and leading the autonomy agenda.

The DG made strong reference to the Classroom First plan and raising the quality of teaching and leadership in schools. She also spoke about the importance of developing and maintaining effective relationships between students, staff and parents. This set up the remainder of the day which focussed on capacity building of principal’s leadership around autonomy and empowering schools through 4 days of professional learning, improving the governance of school boards through two days of training and the opportunity for 20 principals to undergo further learning at Harvard University to become IPS Fellows.

IPS Feedback

Whilst listening to the various speakers during the IPS Forum I reflected on our school vision and how much change has been observed by our school community since becoming IPS in 2015.

I invite you to send me an email to flinderspark.ps@education.wa.edu.au to informally provide the School Board with feedback on whether becoming an Independent Public School has made any observable changes or whether you feel any different about the school as a Flinders parent now we are IPS.

Primary Administrator’s Annual Conference

I was fortunate enough to attend the Western Australian Primary Principal’s Associations Annual Conference held over three days at the Burswood Convention Centre last week. The theme of the conference was Mindful Leadership. We were treated to keynote addresses from international (Pak Tee Ng Singapore Academic and Brendan Spillane, Leadership Consultant), national and local speakers on a range of related sessions that provoked debate and discussion, personal reflection on leadership and the taking away of greater knowledge and understanding. The challenge now will be to implement the learning without over burdening staff and students!