From the Principal

Term 1 2018

It is wonderful to welcome back so many of our families and to see those students new to Campania make such a positive start to the school year. We also have a number of new staff joining us in 2018.  Kym Johnson has joined us from Triabunna District School and is teaching English, Digital Technologies and ICT.  She is also taking on a leadership role in those areas.  Melitta Smith has joined us from Springfield Gardens Primary School and is teaching Grade 4/5/6 and is taking on a leadership role in primary literacy.  Tanya Ahokas has joined us from Lauderdale Primary School and is teaching P/1/2.  Rachel Collins has returned from maternity leave and is taking early years literacy and LIFT.  Rowan Ellery has started at Campania this year.  This is his first year of teaching.  He is taking STEM and Health and Recreation.  We also have a new support teacher Gabrielle Liston, a new school psychologist Emma Jackson and a school nurse Meegan Crossin has been appointed to work with us 3 days a fortnight.  If you have any concerns about your child’s health she is available to speak to parents and have individual appointments with students, as well as working with staff and classes.

Overview of student free days

Staff started the year by working on aspects of our School Operational Plan.  In 2018 we are having a huge focus on wellbeing and positive education.  Our students will have weekly wellbeing lessons and the work that is done in those classes will be reflected across other classes.  We are also introducing Genius Hour into the program, allowing each student to develop a learning plan around an area they are passionate about.  Parents/guardians will have an opportunity to see first- hand the work that is being done at exhibition afternoons. We also had a strong focus on data literacy (using the data we have from testing, NAPLAN, attendance etc) to better plan to meet the needs of all of our students.  Finally we shared our expectations around our school values of Respect, Resilience and Learning and how this informs our approaches to behaviour management at Campania.

Meet the Teacher BBQ

Next Thursday the 22nd of February we will be holding our Meet the Teacher BBQ in the courtyard.  This is a great opportunity to come along and have a bite to eat and meet your children’s teachers.  It will run between 3:15-6pm.  I look forward to seeing you there.

School times and morning duty

Our school times in 2018 are:

Our school day goes from 8:40-2:55.

Recess is earlier in 2018 and goes from 10:30-11am.  Lunch goes from 12:30-1:15.  If you need to call your child it is best to call at either recess or lunch or alternatively you can call the office on 62604133 and a message will be given to your child.

We will have teachers on duty before school from 8:20-8:40, at recess, lunch and again on bus duty at the end of the day, from 2:55 until the last bus leaves.

School Association AGM

We will be holding our Annual General Meeting of our School Association on Thursday 15th of March at 4:45pm followed by a general meeting.  All are welcome.

Term 3 2017

I would like to welcome you all back to the new school term. We have made a very positive and settled start to the term. On Monday, the student free day, all staff at school had a strong focus on professional learning. We looked at how we support students make positive decisions around behaviour and how as a staff we can respond in a consistent manner when issues do emerge. We also had a focus on how we support students who have had lives impacted by trauma. Another strong focus for the day was on attendance. It is our expectation that all students will be at school all of the time. Teachers have been asked to follow up with families if students are absent for more than two days and there is an expectation that if students are sick for more than this period, a medical certificate will be provided to the school. We are also looking at patterns of absences to see if students are missing regularly on certain days of the week. I am confident that you share our understanding that repeated absences will result in your child finding it difficult to keep up academically. Every day at school counts!
We also discussed ways to ensure that our students are eating before becoming distracted by play at lunch time. We have agreed from the start of this term to have all primary students eating in class 10 minutes before the start of lunch. Our secondary students will spend the first 10 minutes on lunch on the paved areas eating, before heading out onto the ovals and play equipment. We are hoping that this will help reduce litter around the school.
Our Year 10 students are very excited to have received their hoodies. These are in blue and red with their names (and nick name) on the back. We are currently finalising plans for the end of year celebration activities. More news should be coming home shortly.
Enrolments: we are at that point of the year where we are starting to look closely at enrolments for 2018. Currently all in area students are guaranteed a place at the school next year. Our School Association is about to update our enrolment procedures at our next School Association meeting. This will help ensure a consistent approach to out of area enrolments. If you would like to contact me about enrolling at Campania I would love the opportunity to have a chat and take you on a tour of our lovely school.
Last Term a number of our primary students participated in Drill Dance. If you are interested in photos or video of the performance it is available at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/drillperformance/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1445478042175487
www.drillperformance.com/dance-nexus-2017

School Health Nurse
Applications for the position of School Health Nurse has just been advertised for Campania and other schools. If you or anyone else is interested in applying for the role please see the information at the end of this newsletter.

Bus area
Finally a reminder that at the beginning and end of the school day the school side of Union Street is not available for parking. When there are cars parked on both sides of the road it makes it extremely difficult for our school busses to get through safely. Your support with this is greatly appreciated.

Just a reminder our next School Association meeting will be held on Tuesday the 15th of August at 5:30pm. 

Term 4 2016

RBF/DoE Awards

Once again, Campania District School has had one of our staff members honoured for excellence. Niki Hussain, our school social worker, recently won the RBF/DoE Award for support staff.

Niki’s nomination talked about her constant persistence in helping students, always going out of her way to assist and find answers/ solutions for students, parents and staff. It talked about her great support of our school and our teaching programs, plus her incredible initiative and enthusiasm she has around her job. We congratulate Niki for this honour and we know we are so lucky to have her here at Campania District supporting our students in this excellent manner.

Donna Terry, our School Business Manager, was one of 3 finalists in the above awards as well. Whilst she didn’t win, Donna is a winner in our eyes. Her nomination talked about how she goes over and above her job at all times to obtain grants, fund raise and support our school. Congratulations to Donna. Our school is very lucky to have two such professional people being honoured with nominations and an award.

Before and After School Care

We are very pleased to let you all know that we are officially now going to provide before and after school care from the 8th February, 2018, which is the first day of Term 1. We are partnering with a new provider to Tasmania, Camp Australia and they have all the qualifications and legal areas covered that any of the child care providers in Tasmania are required to have. Several other schools in Hobart are also starting out with Camp Australia this year. It is a well-known organisation on the mainland. We recommend that all parents register for this service next year. It is $25 for a family to register, it means that at any times that you might be late unexpectedly, or that you have a broken down car or something, your child/ren would be able to go to the service.

The care will start at 7 am to 8.45 am each morning and from 3-6 pm in the evening. Qualified staff will play games, cook, provide snacks and fully supervise your children. If any of you think that you would like to take part in this service, please see the school office to enrol as soon as possible. Camp Australia will also provide care for our special afternoons such as parent/teacher interview short afternoons, or Arts Festivals etc when students need to stay at school. However, they must be registered before.

Paul Dalla-Fontana

Principal