Dear Parents / Guardians
As we continue the countdown until the last day of school on Friday 18th December, there are still many administrative matters to finalise before the holidays. As our student enrolments continue to increase, we are still in the process of recruiting new teachers to Hillsmeade PS. This process takes time due to the department’s recruiting guidelines. I am hopeful that we have all teachers assigned to our 38 grades for 2016 before the end of the year.
Wednesday 9th will see the whole school involved in a transition day where the children go to their new 2016 grades. Where possible, the teacher will be with them during this three hour event. As mentioned above, we are not able to have all of our teachers in place and I know that you will support us with this. The process to allocate students and teachers to grades in a school of this size is complex, time-consuming and thorough. Our teachers know the students; they know how they learn, how they interact with other children and how they will be best placed for their continued educational improvement journey. Although I have received letters from parents requesting friendships and/or teachers for 2016, this is not always possible, nor preferable for the child’s best interests whilst at school.
New Welcome Sign
Hillsmeade PS would like to say a big thank you to Jack Croucher from the Berwick Woodworkers Club for contributing his time and efforts in creating this new sign for our school. The ‘welcome’ sign recognises 24 languages spoken by our families. We would also like to thank Sue Causon for the design and her liaison with Jack to make this project a reality. Keep a lookout for our next exciting and creative initiative recognising our wonderful, multicultural school.
Recently, a family returned school books accumulated over the years as part of the ‘take-home’ reading program. When we counted them, there were over 200 books at an approximate cost of over $2000. These are valuable resources that the school has not been able to use for other children’s reading program. Please, if you have books at home: under the bed, in the cupboard or on the bookshelf, I urge you to return them to the school.
Full End of Year Calendar
As you can see from the list of upcoming events on this page, we are in for a very busy end of year. We welcome all families to our Twilight Sports, the Twilight Christmas Carols and the End of Year Assembly. All students must be collected at 2.30pm on Friday 18th December. Please put this into your diaries.