Message from Principal 8 Nov 2021

Dear CMS Community,

Welcome to Week 6! What an absolute pleasure it has been to welcome back all children and families over the past two weeks; the return of our Cycle 2 and Cycle 3 students has brought an additional energy and excitement to the school. It’s great to be back.

I really look forward to one day not needing to write about COVID19, but until then would like to thank everyone for the ongoing adherence to the school guidelines at this time. Fortunately, as shared in the previous message, we have seen some easing of restrictions which makes things more comfortable for all of us. These include:

  • Masks only have to be worn indoors; staff and students who are wearing can remove them when outside.
  • Excursions that are a core component of the curriculum can occur
  • End of year events can take place in line with ACT Health guidelines for School End of Year Events

This has been good news, and I read today that, possibly, restrictions will ease further ahead of the originally projected date of November 26. Thank you all for being so vigilant and caring for each other in following the guidelines.

You will have noticed that we have shared our annual school satisfaction survey in the past week. Ongoing school improvement is fundamentally important, and whilst there will always be budget and school strategic priorities, this survey assists in understanding your perception of our school and in identifying what we do well, how you feel can improve, and what you care most about. Of course, we won’t be able to do everything all at once, and maybe won’t undertake everything that everyone suggests but, for instance, over the past year we have worked hard on improving these elements, some that many people might not see, as also identified by you in last year’s parent survey…

Amongst other things, over the past year, we have…

  • Reviewed and updated our schoolwide behaviour processes, including developing additional supports for children as required.
  • Continued the development and embedding of a school-wide learning support system so that every child has access to the support they need, including additional staffing and professional learning.
  • Continued the development of the school’s expertise in understanding neuro-diversity in young people.
  • Staff undertaking ongoing professional development in Montessori Sports to enhance our sports and health provision.
  • Increased our Parent Education provision (new calendar for 2022 to come very soon).
  • Increased teaching staff in the Primary area of our school, as our cohort has grown.
  • Continued focus as a staff on consistency and improvement of outcomes for children.

The process of improving schools is never ending. There’s much more to do, and more to come in supporting and developing our children, our staff, and our community. We do well by working together, and as always, if you have any thoughts, ideas, or feedback, please don’t hesitate to be in touch to arrange a time for a chat.

Have a great week.

Kindest regards,

Rael

Rael Matthew
Principal, CMS