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Principal’s Report

Friday, May 18, 2018

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Principal's Report

Friday, May 11, 2018

Thank you to everyone for their kind words and support as my family and I have been off Island for the birth of our beautiful daughter, Finleigh.  We feel very blessed by the community around us.  I must send a shout out to the airport staff for helping us get our things out to the carpark when we arrived back on Monday…I’m sure the Island sank a tad in the surrounding ocean not long after we arrived!

Term 2 has kicked off well and will be a busy term.  I’d like to acknowledge the great work of Sally Thompson and Ro Peterson, stepping up in relieving roles as Principal and Deputy Principal respectively.  Our school is in a great place when you have the leadership density we enjoy at Norfolk Island Central School.

Over the break and in recent weeks, the Norfolk Island Athletics Association have been preparing the oval for our upcoming carnival in Week 4.  Coordinated by Tim Rogers, the team have cleared the vegetation on the far side of the oval, marked the oval for the throwing events and have commenced their refurbishment of the tiered seating near the oval finish line.  They have also been running athletics workshops (in addition to the workshops run by Suzanne Evans – thanks Suzanne) on a Wednesday afternoon from 3:00pm-4:00pm.  Their last workshop will run Wednesday next week, prior to the carnival the following Wednesday.  Thanks in advance to the Norfolk Island Athletics Association for marking the track and assisting with our carnival.  We are also very excited to see what the continued work to the tiered seating area will look like once work re-commences after the carnival.

Over the break I have reviewed school finances, including school fees.  I acknowledge invoices for fees would normally come out much earlier than Term 2; however, as the school moved to a new finance system in August 2017, there were several anomalies I needed to work through, in partnership with the NSW Department of Education and the Commonwealth, as we finalised our transition.  That being said, invoices for school fees for 2018 will be sent home in the coming weeks, including invoices for any outstanding fees for 2017.  I’d like to thank the many, many families who have already paid their fees ahead of our invoices going out.  I acknowledge some families are working through difficulties adjusting to changes in taxation and current economic conditions.  If you need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact the school.  In support of the community during this time, the school abandoned the $1 payment by students every time they travelled on the school bus throughout Term 1.  As a mark of respect, as we all adjust towards new horizons together; the abandoned payment arrangement will continue for the remainder of 2018.

Next week sees students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 undertake their NAPLAN assessments.  I am a strong advocate for NAPLAN assessment as it provides a detailed ‘point in time’ roadmap for teachers to explicitly identify strengths and weaknesses in literacy and numeracy across our learning and assessment programs.  When results are announced later in the year, I will be personally meeting with parents and students to go through key findings from our data analysis and share how we intend to build on areas of strength and improve areas of weakness.  We will also be acknowledging student achievement at these presentations.  As an educational leader my main focus is ensuring students demonstrate at least one year’s worth of learning for every year they are at school.  As such, I will be focusing on acknowledging all students who achieve growth at or beyond expected growth across the two years between NAPLAN assessments (Note – Year 3 will not have growth data to access as 2018 will be their first NAPLAN assessment).  As part of the NSW Department of Education Literacy and Numeracy Strategy 2017-2020, we will also be acknowledging students who achieve results in the top two bands, as we collectively work towards maintaining high standards in literacy and numeracy on a world stage.  Regardless of results, I encourage all students to genuinely do their best on their upcoming NAPLAN assessments so we can get an accurate indication of where individual students are at, and work towards the delivery of more personalised learning in literacy and numeracy.

Things coming up Week 3:

  • Parent Teacher interviews Years 3-6.
  • NAPLAN Assessments.

Things coming up Week 4:

  • Athletics Carnival.

Thanks for us:

Hat tips to our School Leaders and House Captains for making last week’s ‘Wear your colours day’ a success.  The poster competition is also in full swing with winners to be announced Week 4.  We have outstanding students who work to collectively provide for others.  It’s a privilege to work with such motivated and considerate young people – thanks again for showing initiative and seeing your plans come to life through committed action.


Brett Carr


Debating Report

Round 2 Year 11/12 Debating

There was another close debate on Wednesday with our new look team of Mason Wilkinson (First) Jemima Quintal (Second) Ella Langusch (Third) and our stable stalwart, Brancker South (Team Advisor) taking on Nambucca Heads High School.

The topic was "That we should force Australian films and TV shows to have at least one Indigenous actor," and we had the difficult negative side to argue.

The Affirmative's model was a bit sketchy but our rebuttal wasn't strong enough in exposing the flaws in the model. Our arguments were strong but we did not support our case with enough examples and explanation. It was still a very close debate and we narrowly lost. Each team member contributed expertise and flair in their role. Their efforts were outstanding. Our next debate, Round 3, is against Toormina High School on Thursday 17 May.

Expressions of Interest ~ School Photographs 2018 Years Kindergarten to Year 12

The school is seeking for expressions of interest from local companies or individuals who would like to tender for the taking of school photographs for 2018.

The tender is to quote for the photography of individual, class groups, family groups and a presentation folder comprising of a class and individual photo.

The successful tender will be working with the school and staff on days and times that will suit.

Tenders will close on Friday 18th May 2018, at the close of business at 3pm. Interested persons are asked to deliver their tender to the School Front Office in a sealed envelope addressed to:

Mr Brett Carr


Norfolk Island Central School

Occupational Therapist visiting

From the 14-18th May there will be an Occupational Therapist visiting the Island. There are appointment times allocated on the Thursday 17th May, if any student/parent would like an assessment/review and treatment plans. Please contact the Hospital as a referral is required from your GP on phone 22091.

Vaccination Forms – please return to the School Front Office

All student in Years 11, 10 and 7 were handed vaccination forms last week to take home to parents to complete and return to the School Front Office. If your student has not retuned theirs, it would be appreciated if you can complete and return by Monday. Thank you for your cooperation.

News from Beauty “N” More – Last Chance

Patricia Haymes at her shop in Burnt Pine called “Beauty “N” More’, has hair elastics, hair clips, hair accessories available for everyday wear as well as for the Bounty Ball.  Also, if anyone needs a Bow Tie for Bounty Ball come in and see Patricia before Mother’s Day please.

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Principal's Report

Friday, April 27, 2018

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