Message from Sally
At this time of year, schools are calculating their potential enrolment numbers for 2017. The major reason for assessing and analysing these numbers is to set a budget, establish the number of year level classes and to manage staffing. Our government funding is based on the number of students we have. The knock-on effect of just twelve students not committing to their 2017 enrolment is the equivalent to the cost of a classroom teacher.
Whilst not wanting to discuss the politics of education funding, it is important that all families, current and future, understand that our funding is based on the number of students attending as of the last school day of February 2017. If you are intending on leaving the school, it is necessary for you to inform us in writing of this decision as soon as possible. A no-show in 2017 will disadvantage the school by decreasing the budget supplied by the Government.
Reported in The Age newspaper on 6 September 2016, was a paragraph that received little attention but deserved more. I have copied it below.
“Public education advocate Trevor Cobbold, a former Productivity Commission economist, recently wrote a paper accusing the government of using highly selective data to misrepresent the real state of school funding. He said that when adjusted for inflation, funding per public school student fell by 1.9 per cent between 2009 and 2013 but increased for Catholic and independent schools by 8 percent. The figures used in the commission’s report refer to funding for all schools.”
2017 Class Structures
Next year we plan to have six Foundation home-groups and six Year 1 home-groups. The four Year 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 home-groups will all work in Flexible Learning Spaces that foster student led programs and collaborative teaching & learning. On December 19th and 20th all year 1 – 6 students will be in their 2017 learning spaces with their new teachers.
Are You Leaving NMPS
If you are not intending on returning (and are not in Year 6), we will assume you will be moving on.
Please upload and complete this exit form School-Exit-2016.docx
Once complete please send to the school office on this email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sally Karlovic, Principal