Giving Box Christmas Donations

Every year, Hawaiian helps Foodbank and Anglicare WA give Perth’s families in need a happier Christmas. Following the success of our Hawaiian Bassendean Giving Box Christmas Donations in 2017 where our school community donated 226kg of non-perishable foods and gifts, we have decided to participate again in 2018. Please help us donate even more this year by placing much needed items of non-perishable foods and gifts in the boxes in each classroom from Wednesday 12 November to Friday 7 December after which they will collected by Hawaiian Bassendean and will be donated on the school’s behalf.

 

Semester 2 Reports 2018

Semester 2 Reports Via Connect

Semester 2 reports for students in Kindy to Year 5 will be available from 2pm on Tuesday 11 December 2018 via Connect. If you will be unable to view your child’s report via Connect, please see Cardi in the office who will arrange to have a copy printed for you.

Year 6 reports will be available via Connect and a printed copy sent home with students on Tuesday 11 December 2018.

 

2019 Class Requests

Placement Requests or Considerations For 2019 Classes

If you have a particular request for your child’s placement for 2018 based on educational reasons, we ask that you put your request in writing, addressed to the Principal. Please ensure requests are submitted to the office by Friday 9 November 2018.

 

Leaving at the end of 2018?

Will You Be Leaving Us at the End of 2018

Planning for the 2019 school year is well underway. If you know you are or may be leaving the school at the end of the year please notify Cardi in the office. Thank you to those who have already given us notification. School funding is based on student numbers and it is very important we plan around expected enrolment. Thank you in anticipation for letting the school know as soon as possible.

 

Science Laboratory

Science Laboratory – Classroom Conversion

I am pleased to let you know our school has been successful in our application for a specialist science laboratory. Work  on converting an existing room  will occur during 2020 or 2021, depending on construction schedules.

We will also receive $25 000 to purchase science resources to equip the laboratory. Funding will be allocated to our school on completion of the refurbishment.

These new facilities and resources will allow us to grow our science program and motivate and engage our students to excel from Kindergarten right through to Year 6 and beyond.

New Nature Playground open

The Nature Playground was open for play at the commencement of Term 2 and has become a busy focal point on the oval.

The removal of the fence has really opened up the play space and created an easy transition from the senior playground and courts to the nature play and oval. This project cost $52 000, which consisted of a $20 000 grant to the P&C through the State Government Local Projects Local Jobs Program and the remainder from school funds.

On Monday, 7 May, we had the pleasure of meeting with Mr Dave Kelly, Member for Bassendean and showing him our new Nature Playground.

Term 2 From the Principal 8 June 2018

Dear Parents,

Well, would you believe we are already over half way through Term 2. With only three weeks left, teachers, Mrs Bartley and I are busily working on Semester One Reports. These Reports will be available via CONNECT from 2pm Thursday 28 June with printed copies sent home with students on Friday 29 June. 

Speaking with a few parents the other day, I understand that some people are having trou-ble getting onto Connect. Please contact Cardi in the Office if you are experiencing any diffi-culties so she can investigate and get you CONNECTed! 

Finally it looks like we have some Winter weather with us. Hopefully it is raining in all the right places around the state. I know my Farming friends are certainly appreciating the rain. Of course, with the colder weather comes a range of bugs and illnesses. The medical room has been inundated with unwell children over the last 2 weeks, particularly with tummy bugs. If your child is unwell, please keep them home for a couple of days until the symp-toms have settled. Some aliments are highly infectious and we have had lots of children and staff absent from school. Coming to school every day and on time is important, but a couple of days away if children (and staff) are not well is necessary for their health and well-being as well as that others. 

 Recently the Labour Government announced they will open a Round of schools who are interested in becoming Independent Public Schools (IPS). Stuart (Snowy) Maughan, School Council Chair and I have attended the recent information Development Days for this round of IPS. 

What is an Independent Public School? 

An Independent Public School is a public school where the Principal has been given in-creased flexibility and responsibility to make local decisions across a range of school opera-tions to enhance education outcomes for students. 

What flexibilities does an Independent Public School have? 

Independent Public Schools have more freedom to make decisions about important matters that impact students’ education such as student support, staff recruitment, financial man-agement, governance and accountability. They are still part of the Department of Education and follow the same legislation, policies and agreements. 

What does a School Board do? 

Each Independent Public School has a school board. The board establishes a vision for the school that reflects the aspirations and needs of the community. The board can have an important influence on the direction of the school, with members bringing ideas and lending their expertise to strategic planning and community partnerships. 

Like all public schools, Principals of Independent Public Schools must comply with relevant legislation, industrial agreements and whole of government policies and initiatives including, but not limited to: 

  • School Education Act 1999 
  • School Education Regulations 2000 
  • School Curriculum and Standards Authority Act 1997 
  • Public Sector Management Act 1994 
  • Financial Management Act 2006. 

What are the benefits of being an Independent Public School? 

  • have greater independence for local decision making which directly reflects the needs of their students and communities 
  • establish more dynamic and open governance relationships with the people in their com-munities 
  • employ greater flexibility in areas such as staff recruitment, budgeting, procurement, school development days, travel approvals and student support 
  • take part in regular performance reviews to provide their school communities with assessment of the differences they are making over time 
  • have continued access to central support 
  • are supported by the full range of resources and infrastructure that comes with being part of the Western Australian public school system.

Will it cost more to be a student at Bassendean? 

No. Voluntary Contributions are set by the State Government and remains at $60. Fees and Charges are adjusted annually as they are now and reflect the cost to the school. For example – incursions, excursions and swimming lessons. Fees and Charges are endorsed by the Board, just as they currently are by the School Council and are sent home in Term 4 of each school year for the coming year. 

What are the benefits of becoming an Independent Public School? 

It takes committed and proactive school communities to become Independent Public Schools. 

Independent Public School communities take a greater leadership role in all aspects of education, with the ultimate goal of delivering high quality education to students. 

Independent Public School principals have a direct line relationship with, and are accountable to, the Director General of the Department of Education. 

Independent Public Schools: 

  • have greater independence for local decision making which directly reflects the needs of their students and communities 
  • establish more dynamic and open governance relationships with the people in their communities 
  • employ greater flexibility in areas such as staff recruitment, budgeting, procurement, school development days, travel ap-provals and student support 
  • take part in regular performance reviews to provide their school communities with assessment of the differences they are making over time 
  • have continued access to central support 
  • are supported by the full range of resources and infrastructure that comes with being part of the Western Australian public school system. 

Bassendean is a great school, with great children, excellent and committed staff and a wonderful community. We have well established and unique programs at the school, and a wide range of support for our students educational, social and emotion-al needs. Our staff think it is time for us to become an Independent Public School – we hope you do too! 

Stuart and I will be holding some parent information sessions if you would like to know more about the IPS initiative. As part of our journey into becoming IPS we will be conducting surveys to look at the Culture in our school. Surveys will be undertaken by our stakeholders – Students, Staff and Parents. Next week Parent Surveys will be sent home. We would appreciate their quick return by Friday 15 June. 

Jaqueline Varris

Principal