From Helen Finlay, Principal
It has been a busy and wonderful term at SPW for staff, students and the community.
Some of the many highlights have included the Sports Day, the Junior School Fun Run, the PFA Mum’s Day Out, the inaugural Mid-Year Showcase, various IB PYP Learning Journeys and the official opening of the Piltangka Plaza during Reconciliation Week.
For those of you who have been able to grab a coffee at our fortnightly coffee van, or been able to attend one of the events listed above, I hope you have enjoyed the opportunity to connect as much as we have.
Teaching and Reporting
I would like to thank the teachers who have worked tirelessly this term. I am particularly grateful for their efforts in writing our newly formatted reports, which give parents and caregivers greater information about their child’s achievements at school. It is our desire to truly partner with you in the education of your child and part of this means greater transparency and information about the learning taking place in the classrooms.
Certificate in Gifted Education
This term we welcomed 25 teachers from other independent schools in Adelaide as well as four SPW teachers as we hosted the University of NSW Certificate in Gifted Education. Our own fabulous Mrs Lisa Harris undertook this course and will be launching our gifted program as of next term, initially in the area of Mathematics and English. Lisa will not only teach small groups of gifted students from R-7, but will also work alongside teachers in the classroom to ensure these students are being catered for in their day to day learning.
Sadly this term we farewell Mrs Nicky Fereday after over 15 years of faithful and passionate service to the SPW community. We welcome back Olivia Furniss who will be in Year 2 from the beginning of Term 3.
We also say a fond farewell to our beloved Meredith Williams who has been at SPW for many years and in many roles, most recently in the Community Coordinator role. Congratulations to Paul Mesecke, who has been successful in winning the position of School Community Coordinator.
Opportunities to Provide Feedback
It is interesting coming into a new school as a new principal. There is a balance to be found between honouring much loved school traditions that have been in place for many years, whilst also sometimes daring to re-imagine new ways of doing things as I am viewing the school through a fresh lens.
As always it is vital to ensure the community feel like they are a part of the decision making process in the school. I found the Think Tank event to be particularly helpful for getting community feedback and we will be hosting another, this time during the day. Additionally, early next term I will be sending out a parent survey. I would urge you to take the time to participate in this survey as I will be reviewing the results with both the school Executive and School Council and your feedback will assist and guide us in our future planning.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a restful, safe and restorative mid-year break. We look forward to welcoming you back to SPW in Term 3.
Helen Finlay, Principal