2017 has been a positive year for students, staff and the school community. Our students are a wonderful group of children to teach and they have inspired us each day. We have watched them grow and learn lots of valuable life skills. They learned how to care, support, play together and treat each other kindly. They are learning to be responsible and co-operative. These are valuable values and life skills. So we are proud of them for trying to do their best.
Final news report: 2017 has been a very successful year for our school, students, staff and the school community. Our students have collectively had a great year of schooling. Our Preps are a lovely group of children to teach and our year 6 graduates have been a very united team. Individually, they have demonstrated very good academic and social skill development. Our school academic results using the National NAPLAN Assessment remain high and demonstrate a positive level in Literacy and Numeracy. Teachers and students deserve to be very proud of their combined efforts and achievements.
We have completed a full year in using the Victorian Curriculum which provides a single, coherent and comprehensive set of common achievement standards to plan learning programs for our students, assess their progress and report this improvement to parents. We are operating single year classes in line with the curriculum levels (Foundation –Level 6).
The implementation of the VCOP, Write To Read, Independent Reading using Cafe Literacy programs and Big Ideas in Number continued to positively impact and support Literacy and Numeracy development across all year levels. KidsMatter, Positive Psychology, Resilience Project and Gender programs in the senior school were features supporting our provision of Student Welfare.
Year 3/4 and 5/6 students achieved success in GateWays competitions. Many sporting teams moved through district, zone and State finals in both summer and winter sports programs and Hooptime and individual students were representatives in the Victorian Sports competitions. Our healthy eating culture incorporating fruit snacks and healthy lunch program supported positive eating behaviours with our children. Our school web site continued to develop as an outstanding communication tools for everyone in our school community to access. Our Compass software program operated and improved the ease of interaction on a daily basis. The PFA continued to work to engage parents in the life of the school. Our PFA raised more than $30,000 in local funds for school improvements. Late term four the funds raised by the PFA went to the install of air conditioning in the BER two storey building and library. Additionally, we have directed funds to the install of three shops and a large cubby house in the Prep – two area. During the year we purchased new computers at a cost of $ 95,000. Playground equipment included a year 3/4 zone sandpit.
I feel very privileged to be part of the ENPS community and wish to thank the wonderful students who inspire the staff every day. Our active parent body and school council team volunteer their service to the school and the teachers, aides, office staff and OSHC team work passionately and tirelessly to ‘give their all’. It’s been a great year and 2018 is shaping up very smoothly.
We are excited about some of the changes ahead for our students and the ‘Education State’ initiatives that the State Government will be rolling out in the new year.