Message from Sally
Some stories about when sportsmanship is the winner.
Last Friday July 29th will be a day etched in the memories of many students, staff and parents – the inaugural, at school, Parents v Teachers v Year 6 Students relay!
At our whole school oval assembly on Friday, PE Team Leader Paul announced the athletics successes from last week’s Melbourne University Athletics Year 3-6 Track & Field Carnival. Paul highlighted good sportsmanship, team efforts and achievements.
This was followed by a rousing rendition of the National Anthem and then it was time for students, staff and parents to limber up for the great race. The rest of the school found the perfect viewing point and they were off. Students found it difficult to know who to cheer for, their favorite teachers, the student school leaders or their mums and dads; which developed into a positive cacophony of “GO!!!!!!!!!”
The teachers believe they were the victors and all three teams embraced and congratulated each other. SPORTSMANSHIP WAS THE WINNER! For me the other highlight was the shared enthusiasm of our whole school community. Thanks to all involved and to our Assembly Coordinator Lucy, for accepting the challenge of getting us all connected.
The University of Melbourne
As if our close ties with The University of Melbourne are not already very tight, NMPS has just been asked to contribute to a research project entitled "Exploring Teacher Beliefs About Learning, Student Motivation and Student Engagement". The project is being conducted by Ms Amy Berry (PhD Candidate) under the supervision of Professor John Hattie (Principal Supervisor) and Associate Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick (Co-Supervisor) from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.
The aim of this research is to explore the range of beliefs that upper primary teachers hold about learning, student motivation and student engagement. The findings will provide an insight into how teachers think about student engagement in learning within their classrooms. Upon completion of the project, a summary of the findings will be sent to the school. It is also possible that the results will be published and presented at academic conferences.
Our maintenance person Rob is on leave and Eric Demetriou will be our Maintenance Support.
Jean Tongs is now our Enrolment Officer. Contact Jean on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 9329 6902 ext 203.
Zoe Bourdon has been appointed as our social worker who is starting on Wednesday 10th August. Jenni Douglas will continue as 0.4 Well-Being/Learning Difficulties Coordinator who currently works on Wednesday & Friday.
Craig Turner, Assistant Principal is to reduce his time fraction to 0.8 and will not be working Fridays starting this week.
National Tree Day
Friday was also our National Tree Day event. Please read Kimalee’s report later in this newsletter, reflecting on the success of this "Greening Our Grounds Gardening Project”. I thank her for her passion and ability to pull students, staff and parents together to achieve so much change to our environment.
Sally Karlovic, Principal
Bachelor of Education: Victoria University of Technology
Diploma of Teaching - Primary La Trobe University/Bendigo CAE
Accreditations: Leading Teacher Accreditation & Principal Accreditation