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Principal - Mr Josh Jashari

NAPLAN

As you may be aware the 2021 NAPLAN data was released at the end of last week of last term. As a school we continued to make very positive gains and our achievement remained at, and mostly higher than, like schools and WA schools in almost all areas. This is indicating that what we are doing at Landsdale Primary School is working and that the programs are ensuring that our students are achieving at a high standard. The school will be further unpacking the data during our School Development Day on Friday 22nd October. This will help inform and set new targets for the 2022-2024 Business Plan. The School Board will also have input into this.

School Security

Over the last twelve months there has been an increase in damage to the school caused by intruders arriving at the school on weekends or over holiday periods. The latest was the trashing of two of classrooms over the last holiday period and a break in to our covered assembly area over the weekend. The school, with support from Margaret Quirk MLA, has purchased a number of security cameras. These are currently being installed around the school and will be activated within the next few weeks. These will run 24/7 and have very good night vision capabilities. It is hoped that these will deter future unwanted persons to our school. As this is only part of the solution we ask that our community keep a close eye on the school premises.

If you live close to our school and see or hear suspicious behaviour, please immediately contact School Watch Security or the Police.

Who to Contact:
School Watch Security T:1800 177 777
Police T: 131 444

The most important times for you to be vigilant are during school holidays as schools are unattended and therefore more vulnerable than usual to crime.

Keep in mind that schools are generally large physical areas with multiple “blind spots”. If you hear unusual noises from within a school, such as glass breaking or banging noises, this might mean people are up to no good.

Look for unusual vehicles parked at a school on weekends or during holidays.

Watch for groups “hanging around” on school grounds. This should not occur and can be one of the starting points for crime to occur.

We appreciate your support.

Facilities Survey

Thank you to those parents who responded to this survey at the end of last term. Whilst we did not get as many responses as we had hoped for we still had enough to provide valued feedback that will assist in developing our Facilities Improvement Plan for 2022-2024.

Whilst analysing the data it was evident that there were concerns about the signage (or lack of) around the school. Parents comments include:

“If you are new to the school there is no signage. Signage directing to library, admin office, music room, etc would make it easier.”

“The school is like a maze with no signage at all.”

“Only the admin building is identifiable.”

Seating at the Assembly area for both students and parents was also identified. The comments centred around the cleanliness of the floor area. The area is used for lunch at lunchtime and then used for the assembly. The school will look at ways to improve this issue.

The full analysis and Facilities Plan will be presented to the Board for discussion as soon as a draft is developed.

Class Placement Request 2022

The school is now planning for classes and class structure for the 2022 school year. As you would imagine it is very difficult to predict enrolment numbers this far out from the beginning of next year.

Landsdale Primary School ensures classes are formed in such a way as to best meet the needs of its students. The school spends a considerable amount of time creating its class lists which is based upon the professional judgements of staff with the aim of creating the best learning environment for each student. All factors are considered when making these judgements. The best interest of all students is paramount when making placement decisions.

Parents and carers may request a specific class placement through providing the school with educational reasoning behind this request. This may be in the form of specific information about their child’s learning needs that they believe the school may not be aware of. Such information would not include any requests regarding a particular individual teacher. Please be aware that these requests may be considered but not automatically accommodated. Please email Mrs Tania Burke (tania.burke@education.wa.edu.au) or send a letter marked ‘Private and Confidential’ to Mrs Burke by Friday 29th October 2021.

Class lists will be formed and then reviewed by all staff. They will then be submitted to the Executive Team for further review. Following this any change to class placement will only be made in exceptional circumstances, however this tends to be extremely rare.

Composite/Split Classes 2022

Over the last term we have been taking Kindergarten enrolments for 2022. I am pleased to say at this point we have one hundred students enrolled already. We have also been making predictions on the structure of classes across the rest of the school for 2022. We have no doubt, and as is the case in almost all schools, that we will have split or composite classes occurring. The number of these will be very reliant on the enrolment numbers gained during the first week of school. Until then we can only make predictions on what we think the numbers will be. We take into consideration the school’s past enrolment history, information supplied to us by 2021 families who may be leaving or entering the school, the number of building activity within the school’s intake area and information that is supplied to us through the Department of Education. This information is then assessed and we make predictions on the number of classes and class structure throughout the school. We develop three scenarios of these class structures. During Term 4 of this year we will be organising our staffing to ensure we have these scenarios catered for. This is not only for teaching staff but also non-teaching staff.

Last year I produced an information sheet for parents detailing research behind the benefits of composite/split classes. Please view this through the following link:

Kind regards,

Josh Jashari
Principal

School Development Days for 2022

Term 1

  1.   Thursday 27th January

  2.   Friday 28th January
(Students commence school on Monday 31st January)

  3.   Friday 4th March (Week 5 lead in to Labour Day)

Term 2

No School Development Day

Term 3

  4.   Monday 18th July (First day of Term 3)

Term 4

  5.  Friday 21st October (end of week 2)
(Students finish Thursday 16th December

Kind regards,

Josh Jashari
Principal