Dear Parents, Caregivers and associated community members.
Time is flying by again as we near the end of term 2. The beginning of term began with a number of staff members absent on the first day. Through sickness and long service leave and limited relief cover, remaining staff were able to cover classes during the first week. This trend has continued through ongoing illness amongst staff members however, classes have not been disrupted.
We are pleased to announce that a Business Manager was appointed at the beginning of this term. Susan Willemse comes with extensive experience in the banking and private sector. We welcome Susan to our administration team.
Scott Nestor has joined the staff behind the vacancy created by Shanam Khurana who left at the end of last term. Scott is originally from Port Pirie and he will be teaching English, HASS and Music. Scott has taught overseas and this is his first time in Whyalla. We welcome Scott to our teaching team.
Congratulations to Tamy Pond who finished in the top 3 of the SA category in Barnados Mother of the Year competition. Tamy commented that she ‘does a lot of community work, but being a mum is what she lives for’. Tamy is the ASETO at Stuart High School and she has strong connections with the Aboriginal students and their families and will go the extra mile to look after the students to ensure they are successful.
Staff members have been doing professional development with the Impact Coach, Steve Walker on the impact of Visible Learning as part of the Partnership initiative that all sites across Whyalla are undertaking. Steve has been working with staff on the effect of feedback to students and their feedback to teachers. This work will continue throughout this year and over the next two years as part of our three year commitment to improving our own learning.
The AGM was held on 28th March with the current members attending and indicating their willingness to stand for another term. We welcome Leanne Middleton who was nominated unopposed as a council member. The roles of Chairperson and Vice Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer will be voted on at the first general meeting for the year on Thursday May 18th at 7.00pm.
The Governing Council members are also exploring the possibility of doing fundraising activities for Stuart High with a twilight fete being put on the agenda.
If you are interested in joining the Governing Council please contact Stuart High on 86490400.
We are actively recruiting for new members to join the Governing Council where you can have your say in aspects of ongoing developments across the school.
Student Progress Reports
Teachers have been finalising the student progress reports for term 1. These reports are designed to indicate the progress your child is making across the core subjects and electives. This is shown by a tick system from doing well to needing help. The reports are designed to begin discussions between the teachers and parents or carers. Some reports will have a request for a parent teacher interview which we encourage parents to follow up. The reports have been posted.
Material & Services Charge
The Material and Services charge is now due. These can be paid at the front office between 8.30—4.00pm each day.
If you think you are eligible for school card please call into the office to obtain an application form.