Message from Sally
New Behavior Expectations Poster
The Department of Education and Training (DET) annually sends all schools a School Staff Survey and the Student Attitudes to School Survey. Today I write about the survey for staff and our school's need to address the behavior of some members of our community.
In this year's survey, we observed an increase in questions about the well being of staff members. The survey explains its parameters as focusing on areas of the school environment that have a strong effect on student outcomes as evidenced in research. The School Staff Survey consists of five modules with a particular focus on well-being. There were 14 additional questions included at the end of the survey relating to a school's culture of trustworthiness and risk management. The survey also asks staff to describe work practices that build trust and risk management awareness that are important components of staff safety and well being. Completing the survey offers staff an opportunity to reflect on our school and in particular, our well being as a collaborative team.
Coincidentally, the survey arrived as we have been designing an advisory poster for our school environment. I am disappointed to have to report that there has been a increase in incidences of worrying behavior by members of our school and neighborhood community.The poster reminds visitors to be role models of polite and tolerant behavior and outlines our school's preferred method of contacting staff. Please see an example of this poster later in this newsletter. These will be placed around the school this week.
I also take this opportunity to thank the vast majority of parents, carers and community friends who engage and support our school with respect, optimism and politeness.
Sally Karlovic, Principal