Message from Sally
About Our School Grounds
Fifteen years ago, when I first started at NMPS we had nearly 300 students and the Principal at the time and I supported and encouraged families to use the school grounds out of hours as much as possible in order to reduce vandalism and graffiti. The actual reduction on graffiti and vandalism was not significant and with the gates open all weekend the school became a bit of a teenage hangout; deducted by the litter we found on a Monday!
At this time I was the staff/school representative on the committee that introduced a before and after school program that parents valued and paid for; for about 30 children. The square meter-age required for accreditation currrently is quite different.
Our school numbers and Biz-E-Kidz numbers have increased significantly and in order to meet regulations and accreditation we need to provide the students with greater play and inside areas. Regretfully, this is why we need all families to leave the school grounds at 3.45pm when the teaching staff supervision concludes. It is not safe or realistic to expect the Biz-E-Kidzstaff to maintain adequate duty of care if there are children who aren’t booked into the program still playing on the school grounds.
Families have begun to gather to play and chat in the park at the end of Errol Street. We thank them for their solution focussed approach.
We appreciate that change is not always easy and are pleased that our school is so valued as a part of the community, but we are bound by rules and regulations.
May I also remind families that children are not permitted to be in the school grounds before 8.45am if they are not at Biz-E-Kidz either; they are unsupervised before this time.
Some changes in the office
Anne Wrigley is the NMPS Finance Manager who works Monday and Tuesday from 8.30am – 4.30pm.
Jean Tongs is the Human Relations Manager and Staff & Student Manager who works Monday to Friday from 8.00am - 2.30pm.
Sandra Demir continues as Administration Manager handling student enrolments, front office, uniform and payments from 8.30am – 4.00pm
School Council Elections 2016
What is a school council and what does it do?
All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally formed bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within centrally provided guidelines. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.
Who is on the school council?
There are three possible categories of membership:
- A mandated elected Parent category. More than one third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DET) employees can be Parent members at their child’s school as long as they are not employed at the school.
- A mandated elected DET employee category. Members of this category may make up no more than one third of the total membership of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members.
- An optional Community member category. Its members are appointed by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DET employees are not eligible to be Community members.
The term of office for all members is two years. Half the members must retire each year, creating vacancies for the annual school council elections.
Why is parent membership so important?
Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school.
Do I need special experience to be on school council?
No. What you do need is an interest in the school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school’s future.
What do you need to do to stand for election?
The principal will issue a notice and call for nominations following the commencement of Term 1 each year. All school council elections must be completed by the end of March.
If you decide to stand for election, you can arrange for someone to nominate you as a candidate or you can nominate yourself in the Parent category.
DET employees whose child is enrolled in a school in which they are not employed are eligible to nominate as parents for the school council where their child is enrolled
Once the nomination form is completed, return it to the principal within the time stated on the notice of election.
If there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on council, a ballot will be conducted during the two weeks after the call for nominations has closed.