BELLBRAE PRIMARY SCHOOL 2015

                                                     VISION STATEMENT

                    A Community of Critical Thinkers and Innovative Learners

Welcome back to all of our staff, Rachel our new teacher, and welcome back to Dave.

STAFF LIST - 2015

Principal                                                            Adrian Waters

Assistant Principal                                      Stu McCoombe

Leading Teachers                                          Vanessa Gunn

                                                                                 Michael Georgiadis

Foundation                                                   Vanessa Gunn

                                                                               Brigid Beggs

                                                                              Jenna Hyland

                                                                              Nicole Beith

Grade 1                                                        Leonie Brown

                                                                            Rosa Genitori

                                                                          John Evans – Mel Webb Integration Aide

                                                                      Ann Jarrold (Support)

Grade 2                                                      Alison Baeck

                                                                     Dylan Garnham - Rea

Grade 3                                                     Kate Rudland

                                                                        Matt Nalder

                                                                        Helen Mayne

                                                           Clay Cornish / Vera Fagone

Grade 4                                     Sharni Ward  Dave Semianiw

Grade 5                                   Michael Georgiadis and Rachel Hannan

Grade 4 and 5 support/Aide – Phil Hambrook and Lesley Mee

Grade 6                                Luke O’Meara and Richtje Zijlstra

                                                                    Tess Barson

Art                                                Sara Crozier/Ange Grace

Literacy Support                               Ann Jarrold

Phys. Ed                                   Louise Kahle/Hayley Mooney

Music/Performing Arts                      Chris Williams

Computer Tech                     Brendan Beattie and Hayden De Roest

Administration                         Judy Smith and Belinda Bassi

Integration                                         Richtje Zijlstra

                                                                   Philip Hambrook

                                                                      Mel Webb

Welfare Officer                                 Dianne Phillips

Speech Pathologist



                                                          General Responsibilities

Department co-ordinators will have responsibilities including:

Model good teaching practice to other teachers in the department

The coordination of ordering, purchasing and maintaining area budget.

Coordinate area-planning meetings.

Delegate specific tasks or responsibilities associated with the department area.

Manage any transition requirements

Attend to associated mail

Coordinate discipline and student management in the department area.

Monitor classroom programs, documentation and assessment and reporting.

Attend and report at Management Meetings.

Department team members will have responsibilities including:

Assisting the Area Coordinators to fully implement all aspects of the grade area.

To be a pro-active and supportive team member.

To take on responsibility for associated tasks.

Maintaining accurate, up to date classroom records eg. Work programs, cash books, attendance rolls, assessment and evaluation data.

Provide best practice as a classroom teacher

Maintain clear and consistent communication with parents

Specialist Teachers will have responsibilities including:

Provide a comprehensive quality whole school program

Support other staff and their classroom programs wherever possible

To provide effective communication across the whole school

To be an active, pro-active and supportive team member and whole- school staff member

To take on responsibility for associated tasks.

Maintaining accurate, up to date classroom records eg. Work programs, cashbooks, attendance rolls, assessment and evaluation data.

As part of our professional commitment, all staff members at Bellbrae Primary are expected to attend staff meetings and PLTs, do yard duties, be members of a student learning/learning area team, attend camps/excursions and undertake regular professional development. Staff are also expected to contribute to the general ‘running’ of the school and be flexible in their response to requested time table changes and with regards to other issues that might arise.

General Business:

Staffing – We have a number of teachers also working time fractions. Try and limit ‘specialist swaps’ as these inevitably impact on the wider program. Having said that, we also need to be flexible and there will be occasions where certain staff members will miss out on APT. We all receive the allocated APT in our EBA.

Specialist Timetable

This is subject to change during the course of the year.

The first full week we’ll start with Specialists and this will be a Week A. (For the Specialist timetable we will have to strictly align Week A with pay week, and Week B with non-pay week, irrespective of how it falls with holidays etc. ) The integration timetable may take a week or so to finalise however the general structure is

Kye (Year 4)

Kaylee (Year 5) Phil

Sophie (Year 6) Richtje

Hunter (Year 1) Mel and Richtje

School Captains

To prevent any issues as in past years, the Leadership Team and Staff have finalised the candidates as announced at Assembly. Please note the ‘selection process’ where the positions are NOT elected by students, although they will have a voice in the process.

Library

As we have no Librarian all teachers are responsible for signing books in and out. Could all new teachers please ensure they know how the system operates and organise a time with your coordinator to help you. Library sessions must please not overlap with Global Learning lessons.

Whole School Multi-age Days or House Days

We will continue with these andtry and hold at least one a term, including Italian.

Sports – Clay will elaborate on the commitments and structure for this year. We will hold our own local P-2 Sports Day as we did in the past two days.

Fundraising – Our Mayfair will be on again this (3 May). Please support Belinda and other organisers and try and help make this another huge and successful event.

Yard Duty – Timetable will be used as normal and three teachers will do the the lunch-time shift. Please try and cover our whole campus and remember we have about 415 students this year we have to cover. We will also need to make sure we are on time for bus duties and remember we have 3 buses running. Please familiarise yourself with the system and remember that no student can get on the bus who is not on the list!

Private Music Lessons –

These will continue as normal and will be provided by Meagan Burch, and although some other private tutors will also be used. Any student doing private lessons will not be allowed attend sessions prior to 12.30pm in an effort to prevent impact on the Literacy and Numeracy blocks.

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Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) –

For 2015 OSHC has been outsourced and will be directed by Camp Australia. Parents will book students in using an online system

Year Books –

These are an important part of the communication and reporting process. They should be a continuous record of achievement. Please try to add to them regularly. We will continue to send them home each term. New staff are to please ensure they are briefed as to what goes in them and how they are used. We will however also be building up digital portfolios for each student.

Tribes –

Please make sure this process is integrated into your behaviour management plan. Start with the agreements from day one. These form the basis of our school behavioural expectations. Remember that as staff we also need to follow the agreements ourselves and set a good example of how they are put into practice.

Behaviour Management –

This is ultimately the responsibility of the classroom teacher with the support of the coordinator. The aim should be to have a safe and secure classroom that promotes stimulating and productive learning. As the classroom teacher you are the first port of call for any welfare/behavioural issue. If the problem needs someone else to support you, then it is the department coordinator and/or the principal or AP, or Diane who will provide assistance. We also have access to a diverse range of Network staff to help us.

Pastoral Care –

Diane will fill the role as a ‘Welfare Worker/Officer’ and work on Mondays and Tuesdays. Diane’s role will include support for teachers, support staff, students and parents. Her role is diverse and evolving and is often directed by a ‘needs’ basis. Please ensure that you have all completed you ‘mandatory reporting’ online requirements.

Sun Smart and Hats –

First and fourth term all children should be wearing a broad brim hat in school colours (green). Any children not wearing an appropriate hat must go to the shade area in the courtyard. We also need to set a good example when we are outside. Two hats will be left in the staffroom for yard duty person to wear if required. As staff, we are not allowed to apply sunscreen or administer any medication.

New Class Lists –

Thanks to Judy, you all already have a copy of these. Please check them and lets us know of any errors. We have approximately 415 students and are still updating enrolments.

School Diaries-

This is the basis of our home/school partnership. Please develop a system in your classroom where they are signed, commented on and checked daily (in the morning for notes money etc.) They are a great way of keeping the parents informed of how well their child is/isn’t performing. Please make sure all children use their diaries on a daily basis. Relevant notes in the diary should be forwarded to the Office please. Also, please check pigeon holes before and after lunch!

Homework

This needs to align with DEECD policy and should be consistent, meaningful, constructive and appropriate. Please let parents know at the first Information Night about the policy and homework commitments of your department. (P-4 should not exceed 30min and Grade 5/6 should not exceed 45 min. Please look at formal policy)

Head Lice –

Please let the office know as soon as possible if there is an outbreak of Head Lice and notify all the parents in your class that there has been a ‘case,’ although no name may be mentioned. Our policy is not to exclude children once treatment has been started. (A note can be sent home asking all parents to check their children and offering further advice, available treatments and support.)

Bullying –

Bullying is when one or more people, deliberately upset or hurt another person, their property, reputation or social acceptance, and this action is repeated over time. Please be on the lookout for this and respond immediately. Do not hesitate to seek advice or support from Leadership and Di, or other staff members if required. We do not tolerate any form of bullying at Bellbrae.

Dealing with Problems at School –

Young people thrive in school when they feel happy, confident and secure. Most children adjust to the challenges of school and find it exciting and fun however some children experience problems at school. Some have trouble adjusting to school life and learning; others may be dealing with issues such as absenteeism, bullying, family trauma, etc. As well as having very experienced staff members, we also have access to a range of student support services which include: guidance officers and psychologists, social workers, visiting teachers, speech pathologists and curriculum consultants. See Leadership Team for further advice or help if needed.

Photocopying

We will continue with and try refine the ‘Papercut’ program we are running.

Please try and keep this limited to what you really need. Remember we are a ‘sustainable school’ and let’s try set an example to our students and families. Where possible use ‘double sided’ copying and limit colour printing. Anything printed to the office must first be ‘okayed’ by the teacher.

Information Evenings – will be organised for the month of February. Dates to be determined by each department and the relevant Information Booklets carefully checked for accuracy.

Cleaning-

Please help us to maintain clean buildings by having the kids clean up their room before they leave. It’s also a huge help if teachers have children clean up any mess you might spot outside. We want to develop the culture of a school that does not tolerate litter and it starts with us. We will continue to eat inside in 2015 and do regular yard clean ups and bin emptying every Friday at 1.20pm. We will also be looking at allocating each year level a particular area of the school that they are responsible for and possibly look at a Daily Clean.

End of day routine-

Please finish the day quietly and calmly. Eg. Pack up clean up etc early enough that there is no mad panic at the end and please get students to pack chairs. Please make sure that all students have their diaries, relevant homework and Readers in their bags prior to dismissal.

Personal property

Personal property is often brought to school by students, staff and visitors. This can include mobile phones, calculators, toys, sporting equipment and cars parked on school premises. Please note the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development does not hold insurance for personal property brought to schools and it will generally not pay for any loss or damage to such property.

Attractive classrooms –

Students are more productive and learn better in stimulating environments. Please try and make your learning spaces appealing and interesting for the children and rotate displays and student work.

Before going home-

Please ensure that all computers, heaters, air-con, fans, etc. are turned off and that windows are locked. If you open a window at all during the day, please make sure you lock it again before leaving.

Student Teachers-

We will continue to support beginning teachers in their training so please see Adrian if you would like to host one during 2014. This is a worthwhile form of PD for you and there is also some monetary incentive.

School Strategic Plan (SSP)&Annual Implementation Plan(AIP)

We will look at our 2014 Annual Implementation plan in greater detail during the next few weeks. This year’s Implementation Plan has to be confirmed by March. We will be working on a new 3 year strategic plan from Term 1

OHS

Matt will be our OHS officer. We want a safe and happy workplace, so please see him if you have any concerns. OHS is also the first agenda item at any staff meeting and creates an opportunity to raise any concerns. Any OHS issue that you can deal with on a personal or Departmental level will also take some pressure off the OHS team, so let’s all try and use our initiative.

MEETING PROCESS AND SCHEDULE

It is an expectation that all required staff attend meetings and adhere to the starting time. Please excuse yourself if you cannot attend or need to leave early by notifying your coordinator. In meetings we need to show each other respect and not ‘challenge’ certain ideas in an aggressive manner, but rather approach disagreements in a respectful and constructive manner. We certainly want to move forward on contentious issues and I don’t want a culture of ‘blockers’ to develop at Bellbrae PS.

Each Department will need to take it in turns to do the minutes and distribute them. Also, if possible please turn off mobile phones.

Tuesdays – PLTs (3.45pm)

Alternate Wednesdays (Week B) staff meeting. (3.45pm) and Week A will be Curriculum meetings. The structure of these are still being finalised at Management level although we have a plan in place that seems workable.

Planning meetings in your team each week in your APT or in the designated third hour of duties on Thursday afternoons.

Management meeting Mondays at 1.40pm.

Leadership meeting every ‘Week A’ on Tuesdays at 1.40pm.

CODES OF PRACTICE

Principal Class Code of Practice

Members of the principal class are required to work within the context of legislation and regulations, and of policies determined by the Department of Education and Training. In addition they are expected to operate in accordance with the school values. At Bellbrae Primary School, principal class members are expected to:

Provide Leadership by

Articulating a vision for the school.

Providing a positive example to all members of the school community.

Encouraging open discussion on professional issues.

Encouraging others to be risk takers.

Provide effective management by

Implementing consultative decision making processes.

Making decisions in a timely and open manner.

Supporting the development and operation of teams as a management structure.

Ensuring that roles and responsibilities are clearly understood.

Maintain positive relations with staff by

Ensuring that there is regular feedback provided to all staff.

Ensuring that all members of staff are treated fairly.

Being accessible to staff.

Showing a readiness to listen to staff views and concerns.

Taking an interest in the welfare and professional growth of every staff member.

Develop positive relations with students by

Being accessible to, and communicating regularly with, students on a formal and

informal basis.

Providing processes through which views of the student body can be presented to

the principal.

Being fair and consistent in the way they treat students.

Reinforcing the core values of the school with the student body.

Actively engage the broader school community by

Being accessible to parents and other community members.

Making opportunities to raise the profile of the school within groups outside of the

school.

Genuinely encouraging parents to see themselves as partners in supporting the

learning of their children.

Developing projects in partnership with community groups and organizations.

Staff Code of Practice

The staff at Bellbrae Primary School are required to work within the provision of the

current Education Act and related regulations, Departmental and school policies. This

code also acknowledges the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 which supports

racial and religious tolerance and prohibits vilification on the ground of race or religion. In addition, staff is expected to observe the following values and behaviours in their conduct:

Valu

Cooperation and teamwork are paramount at this school.

Behaviours

We share ideas, workload and resources

We participate in and contribute ideas to discussion and planning

We recognise and acknowledge what we can achieve as a team

We value the role of all individuals in our team and respect their right to express a point of view.

We adhere to decisions reached by consensus.

We have high but realistic expectations of everyone at this school.

We teach in the belief that all students have the capacity to learn.

We strive to develop a deep understanding of the strengths, learning styles and capabilities of all our students.

We actively involve students in challenging and creative learning activities.

We encourage risk taking and initiative in learning.

We establish clear expectations and build on the experiences and needs of all students.

Each individual is treated with respect and trust.

We act at all times in a professional and ethical manner

We foster a supportive and tolerant environment.

We value and appreciate the strengths and skills of others.

We treat all school community members equitably, justly and courteously.

A professional attitude is valued and expected in all activities in this school.

We are committed to continual improvement of teaching skills and methods.

We keep ourselves up to date with contemporary teaching and learning practice and programs.

We take responsibility for our own

professional development.

We share professional ideas and expertise with our colleagues.

The provision of a safe and secure environment.

We ensure that the classroom and the school environment is positive, safe, caring and purposeful.

We manage student behaviour and welfare in strict accordance with the school’s stated policy and practice.

Cooperation and teamwork are paramount at this school.

Behaviours

We share ideas, workload and resources

We participate in and contribute ideas to discussion and planning

We recognise and acknowledge what we can achieve as a team

We value the role of all individuals in our team and respect their right to express a point of view.

We adhere to decisions reached by consensus.

We have high but realistic expectations of everyone at this school.

We teach in the belief that all students have the capacity to learn.

We strive to develop a deep understanding of the strengths, learning styles and capabilities of all our students.

We actively involve students in challenging and creative learning activities.

We encourage risk taking and initiative in learning.

We establish clear expectations and build on the experiences and needs of all students.

Each individual is treated with respect and trust.

We act at all times in a professional and ethical manner

We foster a supportive and tolerant environment.

We value and appreciate the strengths and skills of others.

We treat all school community members equitably, justly and courteously.

A professional attitude is valued and expected in all activities in this school.

We are committed to continual improvement of teaching skills and methods.

We keep ourselves up to date with contemporary teaching and learning practice and programs.

We take responsibility for our own

professional development.

We share professional ideas and expertise with our colleagues.

The provision of a safe and secure environment.

We ensure that the classroom and the school environment is positive, safe, caring and purposeful.

We manage student behaviour and welfare in strict accordance with the school’s stated policy and practice.

School Council Code of Practice

The School Council of Bellbrae Primary School will observe the following principles, subject to the relevant acts and regulations:

Decision Making

The learning needs of the students will be the primary consideration in monitoring of the achievement of charter goals, improvement areas and priorities will be regular and rigorous.

Issues and disagreements will be resolved democratically within council.

Councillors will declare conflict of interest where appropriate.

Relations with the broader community

School community views will be canvassed and considered on major policy decisions.

Diversity within the school will be recognised and utilized.

Decisions made by council will be made public.

Relations with Principal and staff

Council will respect the responsibility of the principal in relation to the management of all staff and students

Discussion in relation to the employment and appointment of School Council employees will be strictly confidential

Council will develop policy directions and observe the principal’s right to implement policy in the most appropriate manner.

Internal relations within the council

Members of the council will be kept informed of their responsibilities, of current school practices, and of the policies and directions of the Department.

Members of the council will develop positive and effective relations, treating each other with respect.

Members of the council will be encouraged to participate and contribute their individual skills and abilities.

Contractual Obligations

Classroom teacher

  • Their primary focus is on planning, preparation and teaching of programs to achieve specific student outcomes. The teacher engages in critical reflection and inquiry to improve their knowledge and skills to effectively engage students and improve learning.
  • As the teacher gains experience their contribution to the school program beyond the classroom increases.
  • All classroom teachers may be required to undertake other duties provided the responsibility is appropriate to the salary range, qualifications, training and experience of the teacher.
  • Classroom teacher Range 2

  • Range 2 teachers play a significant role in assisting the school to improve student performance and educational outcomes determined by the school strategic plan and state-wide priorities and contributing to the development and implementation of school policies and priorities. A critical component of this work will focus on increasing the knowledge base of other staff about student learning and high quality instruction to assist their school to define quality teacher practice.
  • Range 2 classroom teachers will be expected to:

  • have the content knowledge and pedagogical practice to meet the diverse needs of all students
  • model exemplary classroom practice and mentor/coach other teachers in the school to engage in critical reflection of their practice and to support staff to expand their capacity
  • provide expert advice about the content, processes and strategies that will shape individual and school professional learning
  • supervise and train one or more student teachers
  • assist staff to use student data to inform teaching approaches that enable targets related to improving student learning outcomes to be achieved.