Welcome Back The Basin 2017!
GREAT FIRST WEEK!
After visiting most classrooms, I am so proud of the way our students have settled into the new school year. There is an atmosphere of calm and productive endeavour evident throughout the school. Our focus in these first few weeks is on introducing the classroom routines and establishing the ‘Expectations & Behaviours’ for the year. Our teachers will also begin establishing strong relationships with their students and a positive environment and I have certainly seen that in operation already.
Yesterday we welcomed 107 new Prep students who were full of enthusiasm and energy. We saw a couple of tears but I’m sure those mothers recovered later We also welcome several new students from Grades 1-5.
On behalf of the school community we extend a warm welcome to our new staff members – Vanessa Parry (Grade 3), Kristalee Pollock (Grade 5), Caitlin Eagleton (Prep) and Aaron Thomson (PE/Art/Support). Welcome back from family leave to Jess Leach (Grade 3), Abbe Saward (Prep). And Jen Smith (Prep).
Over the holiday period three new classrooms were created within existing walls by an incredible group of hardworking tradesmen and I sincerely thank them on behalf of our school community. Classroom renovations completed in 2010 increased the size of many classrooms but placed us above the allowed square meterage per student so we needed to undertake these holiday renovations. Our old Library is now two classrooms with the new Library moved across the corridor to a room which we have used over the past few years as a classroom, the German room and computer lab. In the top prep building walls were removed and new ones built to create a third Prep room in the middle of the two existing classrooms.