# From the Principal's Office

Dear Parents,


Well done to all students for the positive and enthusiastic start to a new school year. We have many events and activities planned over the coming weeks.



Each year Key Improvement Strategies are set to create an Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) based on our School Strategic Plan 2017 – 2020.

Last year we had a whole school goal on the explicit teaching of comprehension strategies:

  • Predicting
  • Questioning
  • Summarisation
  • Text Structure
  • Think Aloud
  • Visual Representation

We employed the services of an external consultant, Lisa Keskenin, who worked with the whole staff on a curriculum day. Lisa, throughout the year, also modelled the teaching of the strategies in the classrooms.

Last year we also developed with an Instructional model. (see below)

The teachers will present the Instructional Model at the Information Evenings this week. A copy of the Instructional Model will be displayed in each classroom and explained to the students and referred to throughout the year.

Our third Key Improvement Strategy for 2018 was to modify and develop our Professional Learning Communities with a focus on Leadership. We had three of our leaders undertake a Bastow course on Reading and three leaders were involved in a coaching course.

Our Key Improvement Strategies for 2019 are:

  1. Continue to develop the teaching of Reading and comprehension strategies and embed our Instructional model
  2. Develop opportunities for student voice and agency.
  3. Provide a challenging and inclusive environment for all students

The first goal is to consolidate and build on the work started by the teachers last year. In 2019 we will again employ the services of Lisa Keskenin.


Student Voice and Agency empowers students to take a more active role in monitoring their own learning and improvement. There is strong evidence that students become more engaged in learning when they have opportunities to:

  • Exercise agency in their learning
  • Contribute to the communities in which they learn
  • Improve the learning program for themselves and their peers

This year we will be incorporating Reading, Rights & Respectful Relationships into the existing Resilience Project to continue to strengthen our Well Being program across the school. All staff will also undertake Cultural Understanding and Training (CUST). The purpose of the training is to increase understanding of Koorie culture, history and experience to ensure a strong foundation for culturally inclusive practices.



We held a very successful BBQ last week for the families of our 2019 Preps. The weather was extremely kind to us and the well-attended event was a great opportunity for parents to mix and mingle. A huge thank you to Richard Holbeach who helped with the cooking of the sausages!

We hope all new families feel welcome and join into the GIPS community spirit, which is alive and thriving. We are looking forward to a huge turnout to our Parents Association upcoming event, the Evening on the Green, to be held on Friday 1 March.


As part of the AFL Community Camps program, footballers from the Melbourne Football Club will be visiting our school and working with our Year 3 students tomorrow, Thursday 14 February. They will run a 30-minute session on one of our school values, Gratitude with the students followed by a hands-on Footy clinic.



Parent “Meet the Teacher” interviews will be held next week on Tuesday 19 February. Interview times can still be booked via Compass until 4.00pm tomorrow (Thursday). Please make an alternate time with your child’s classroom teacher or Specialist teacher if Tuesday does not suit by contacting the office. We hope that this opportunity to exchange information and share expectations will set the scene for a very successful 2019. The partnership between parents and teachers is vital in ensuring the best possible learning outcomes for our students.



On Wednesday 20 February, 33 students will represent our school at the District Swimming Carnival. Held at the Harold Holt Swim Centre it would be great to see as many supporters come along and cheer the team. The program of events can be found on Compass under School Documentation, and also on the website. Thank you to PE Teacher, Nathan Gilliland, for his efforts in organising the team. We wish our swimmers all the best!



Welcome to Team Kids, our new Before and After School Care provider. Arkie, the Director of Service, and her team have organised engaging activities for the students and it has been a great start to the program. We recommend that all families register with Team Kids, so that they can call upon their services at short notice. There is no fee to register: follow this link. 




Our first Working Bee for this year will be held on Sunday 3 March, starting at 9.00 in the morning and finishing around midday. We need to clear drains and gutters, sweep and turn over sandpits, spread and turn over soft-fall, clean the walkways, weed gardens, prune hedges, sweep up leaves and clean the outside of classrooms. It would be great to see as many families coming along with brooms, wheelbarrows, rakes, gardening gloves etc.

This year we have not included a working-bee levy in the school levies but are asking families who cannot make the day to donate $20 to help maintain our beautiful school grounds and facilities.



Community involvement is a cornerstone of our school and something that makes GIPS a special place to work and learn. Evidence of the community support for our school is shown in the generous offers of assistance we receive from parents. Since school commenced, we have called for volunteers for both School Council and our Parent Class Representatives.

The vacancies for School Council will close on Tuesday 19 February. Thank you to those parents who have kindly nominated at this time and details of the next step in the process will be outlined shortly. We also have had a large response from parents offering to fill the parent rep role for each grade. The parents and teachers rely on these reps to facilitate communication and social occasions for the class. Thank you to all parents who offered to fill these roles. The list will be finalised this week and a meeting arranged with the parent reps will be held next week.



Again, we are still experiencing some issues with parking at drop-off and pick-up times. We will be putting up extra signage to reinforce this message over the next couple of weeks.

Please adhere to the parking restrictions on the school side of Glen Iris Rd. The bays directly outside the school gate are designed to keep the traffic moving.

Parents using these bays to collect children should not be getting out of their car to come into school. If you need to come into the school please park a little further away.

Please also be aware that parking infringement officers are frequently patrolling the streets around our school at drop off and pick up times.



Last year Camberwell High School and Glen Iris Primary School put in a joint submission for a Funded Language Assistant Program (FLAP).  We were fortunate to be successful and now will share a French language assistant, Ms Alexiane Bacle.

Alexiane, who hails from Paris, will be helping Madame Barre in the French room. This will be a great opportunity to extend our students in their French lessons this year.



A reminder that the Monday 18 February is a Curriculum Day and students are not required at school.

Our staff are joining the teachers from Solway Primary School on Monday to take part in joint Professional Learning with a focus on Instructional Practice. A consultant, Glenn Pearsall, will facilitate the day.


Garry Collins