Principal's Message

From the Principal’s Desk…              

It was with great sadness that our school community received news this week of the passing of Lesley Ellington. With great passion and skill, Lesley and her husband Trevor trained our 2014, 2015 and 2017 Deb sets. We extend our sincere condolences to Trevor and family, and will treasure our memories of Lesley as a beautiful dancer and friend.


Over the January holidays, a number of important facilities projects were undertaken to ensure that our students continue to enjoy a first class environment for learning. In the Early Years end of the Junior Campus main building, David Meade and his team removed corridor walls and bag lockers to create a much more open and welcoming space. Installation of glass sliding panels commenced yesterday and the project will be fully completed this month. The new Year 1/2 layout will better reflect the aims of our Early Years program, with many benefits for student and teacher learning.


At the rear of the Junior Campus, the Brooke/McKinnon Street corner area has been cleared in readiness for a new grassy play space. Students can look forward to having access to the rear area of the yard during lunchtimes and it will be terrific to have the volleyball court and amphitheatre back in action. Thank you to Sam Walsh and team for their work on this project, which will now become a focus of our Parents & Friends’ efforts.


We are also very grateful to Don Dowell and Cobden Floors & Furnishings for their work in the Junior Campus corridors. Many of you have commented on the squeaky boards that greet you when you enter the building and make your way along the corridors, and the work to address this issue was extensive, tedious and greatly appreciated!


At the Senior Campus, the poles for the new shade sail were installed in readiness for the sail to be put in place in the coming weeks. Solid rock pushed the timeline for this project back but I am sure our Camperdown families will understand the geological challenges that come with living in an area of such geographical interest and natural beauty! The shade sail will give our Senior Campus students a comfortable place to sit, alongside the newly installed courts. Please note that while we do have some lovely shady trees and will soon have a shade sail, all students in Year 7 – 12 are strongly encouraged to bring a hat to school to wear when outside.


A focus of our efforts this year will be to provide more opportunities for students to build their leadership skills and self-confidence by taking on responsibilities in areas of interest. Our Senior Campus student leadership team has been extended to include a Sports, Performing Arts and Social Justice Captain and these students are looking forward to working with staff and peers to increase opportunities for all students to participate richly in the life of the school. Our Year 9 School for Student Leadership team was selected at the end of 2017 and we congratulate Dalton Mitchell, Jess O’Connor, Jordan Watson and Kristy Parsons who will be spending Term 4 at the Alpine Campus (Dinner Plain). In the daily operation of a school there are many jobs that need doing and responsibilities to fulfil, and I would be very pleased to hear from any students who would like to make a personal contribution.


The Department of Education has recently made changes to School Council composition. From Thursday 31st May, two students will be appointed to School Council after a nomination and election process. We have already enjoyed student input through our School Council sub-committees and look forward to this logical next step. More information will be provided when guidelines are released by the Department.


Meanwhile, the process to elect parent and staff representatives onto the 2018 School Council begins with the notice and call for nominations in this newsletter. Eight School Councillors complete their two year term this month which presents an opportunity for re-nomination or new nominations. We have a very positive, active School Council and I would welcome the opportunity to discuss School Council roles and commitments with any interested parents.


In this week’s newsletter you will see information relating to the Education Department’s new privacy policy. I encourage you to read this information to ensure that we have a shared understanding about the what and why of school processes. You are welcome to contact me with any questions.


A very important whole school event is looming on the calendar: our student leadership induction assembly on Monday 26th February in the AG Daws Hall, immediately preceding school photos. All of our students and staff will be in attendance and families are warmly invited to attend. This particularly applies to our new Prep parents, as our newest students will be formally introduced to the school community on this day.

Thank you to all families for your support of our new student attendance policy, issued to all families last week. It is essential that every student attends school every day (serious illness or emergency excepting) and parent choice absences that do not meet the Department’s criteria will not be approved by the school.


Please also make every effort to ensure that Junior Campus students are at school ready for the first bell at 8.45am, and Senior Campus students are ready for class by 9am. Lost learning time has a very serious impact on a young person’s chances of success, both at school and beyond, and your support of your child/adolescent by ensuring they are not disadvantaged in this way is greatly appreciated.


Ms Cherie Kilpatrick



Thursday 8th February 2018