Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome back to the start of the school year. We have had a very smooth start and our students have settled in extremely well. A big thank you to all of the Orana staff for their professional start to the 2013 school year. The staff have completed an enormous amount of work both during school hours and outside of school hours in being prepared for the commencement of the school year.

Mr Barns is away on leave for 2013 and I will be replacing him during this time. I have been seconded from Busselton where I was principal for six years. Prior to that I had been principal at Karratha and Kununurra. I am very much looking forward to working with the school community and the Parish of Saints John and Paul. I would also like to thank the school community for the warm welcome that I have received.

We have a very busy term ahead and swimming lessons have already begun for the senior classes. Parent information nights will be in week 3 starting Monday 18 February.

Assemblies at 9:00am will change slightly for 2013 in that they will be every second week and on the alternate week there will be a whole school prayer assembly. Individual classes will be responsible for the prayer assemblies and the Year 6 Leaders will continue to run the general assembly. Student awards will be given out at both.

Reporting to Parents

There will be a slight change to the parent interview process and early closing for semester one. After discussion with the staff it has been decided that instead of early closing for parent interviews in Term 1, staff will meet with parents during Term 1 or Term 2 at a mutually convenient time to discuss the progress of students. The early closing on the last Wednesday of each month will not continue in 2013. This will enable Orana to meet its obligations more effectively for student teaching time. Staff will advise families of this at class parent nights. Please contact the classroom teachers if you have any questions.

Australian Curriculum

This year staff at Orana will be implementing the Australian Curriculum. The Australian Curriculum will set out the core knowledge, understandings, skills and general capabilities that our students need to acquire. The learning will be clear, explicit and the same across all of the states and territories in Australia. As a school we began phasing it in during 2012. We are currently looking at Maths, English, History, Science and in the second half of the year Geography. The whole process will be substantially implemented across all learning areas by 2014. A major benefit will be a common curriculum for children who move interstate. Presently 80 000 school students move interstate each year. We will keep families updated as the year progresses.

Parking

A reminder that at pick up and drop off times families are only to park in designated parking zones. Parking is not permitted in the Kiss and Drive area. A number of cars have parked there this week and are being reminded not to do so in the future.