Getting ready for 2014

Today the staff returned to work for our first day induction and preparation for a wonderful 2014 school year. As a professional learning community we discussed the direction of the school, team work, student achievement and progression and how we would ensure all our student get the best possible education that they deserve.

Induction day 2014

After a busy and productive morning we came together to have lunch and to reflect on what we had been learning and discussing.

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Our staff from left to right:
Maxine (4/5), Jane (Languages and EAL), Lucas (5/6), Felicity (Prep), Kerrianne (Art and Stephanie Alexander Program), Jason (3/4), Helen Wong (Education Support), Mandy (Language Support), Mohammed (Bilingual Arabic ES) , Susan (Library ES), Christina (Business Manager), Kirk (1/2), Nicole (1/2), Erin (Student Wellbeing Advocate) and Kerron (Teaching and Learning Coach). Khadra and Halima are not in the photo. And I am taking the photo 🙂

We are all looking forward to welcoming our students tomorrow.

Teachers learn too

In the last week of term the teachers all attended an after school talk by John Hattie who was talking about team teaching and planning and the importance of helping student progress in their learning. The teachers at Debney Meadows School are dedicated to their work and want the best for the students. As the principal I was very proud to see all the teachers attend this session together. We celebrated the end of term by having dinner together after the talk.

Creating a vision for the school

Last Wednesday (20th February) we held a community forum to help us develop our school vision. It was a fabulous evening with just over 50 participants. We had a range of people attending from teachers and students, to community and educational partners and parents and carers.

We asked three key questions:
1. What do you want for your child by the time they graduate from Year 6 at Debney Meadows Primary School?
2. What is the one thing that you love about the school and would not want to change?
3. If you could change one thing about the school, and only one thing, what would that be?

Our responses were wide-ranging and they will be published shortly on our website. Some of the main themes that came through were a sense of community, commitment and dedication from all stakeholders. People felt that the school was an important part of the local neighborhood.

At DMPS, we pride ourselves on the commitment we make and the dedication we have for the education of our students. This was echoed in the forum with a number of positive comments about the work that happens in the school. My favourite comment from the forum was: The school is shining and going up.

To further refine our work and create the school vision, we will be having a focus group. The group will aim to have representation from each of our stakeholders. If you are keen to be part of the team, please come and see me or let Christina know at the office.

We have many opportunities to be part of the school community including:
• Parent and Friends Association
• School Council
• Student Representative Council
• Volunteering and helping in the school
Thank you for the incredible interest in our school. I feel very proud to be principal of the school and look forward to another wonderful year.

Meet the staff

The school year has started and we have a great staff at Debney Meadows ready to teach the students and provide them with a wide range of engaging learning experiences.

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You can see most of our staff here at the end of the school day seeing off the students.

From left to right, they are Kerron (3-6), Lucas (5/6), Felicity (4), Tracey (1), Jason (3), Emma (2), Judith, Flora (Prep), Rebecca (P-2 )and Erin (student wellbeing advocate).

Our other staff include Khadra, Helen W, Susan, Mandy and Christina. It’s great to work with such dedicated teachers and support staff.