From The Principal’s Desk

Primary Students first day of school

Welcome

The start of the new academic year is always filled with excitement as staff, students, and parents gear up for a fresh new year at John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School. It is with great pleasure and anticipation that I extend a warm welcome back to our returning families and a heartfelt greeting to those joining us for the first time. It has been a very great start, with staff and students settling quickly into the routines of the new school year.  It was wonderful to see the students return with such eagerness and enthusiasm.  I am guessing that there were also some eager and enthusiastic parents at the various drop-off locations around the School on Wednesday morning.

 

As we embark on this new year together, I am pleased to share that the School has been abuzz with positive energy and meticulous preparations to ensure a smooth commencement to the academic year. The staff have been working diligently to create an enriching and nurturing environment for our students.

 

While I understand that this is a long Welcome Newsletter, I would encourage you to read all aspects of the Newsletter to gain a thorough understanding of our school community and its direction for 2024.

STAFF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAYS

To commence the year, all staff were involved in 5 days of Professional Development with a variety of focus areas dependent upon each staff member’s speciality. Staff Professional Development focus areas included, but were not limited, to the following:

  • Professional Growth and Reflection Package – this is a new internal process where all teaching staff may be provided with support in areas of growth and enhancement as identified by themselves and their managers.
  • Primary Behaviour Management Process – A review and enhancement of the Primary Behaviour Management Process was conducted, and a new process implemented. This process focuses on highlighting the good decisions made by our students through a Good Standing Points system, as well as an enhancement of the consequences for poor decisions.
  • LEARN the JSR Way – All staff were introduced to the LEARN the JSR Way methodology and will implement this in all classes throughout the School. The acronym LEARN stands for:
    • Learning Intention and Success criteria
    • Engagement
    • Active Learning
    • Reflect
    • Next Lesson

All staff will be highlighting this important acronym, its meaning and how to implement the elements of the acronym across the School in an age-appropriate and focused manner.

  • Whole School Literacy Plan – All staff were introduced to the Whole School Literacy Plan and to the ‘All The Time ToolKit’ to assist in developing a united approach to the focus of the School Literacy Programme; and implementation of the plan in each classroom.
  • Psychosocial Hazards – Staff were introduced to the meaning and context of Psychosocial Hazards in the workplace, including how to manage these hazards, develop a focus on personal wellbeing and who to report these hazards to at JSR. Middle Managers were also presented with a more in-depth presentation of Psychosocial Hazards and their inclusion in the Work Health and Safety Act. This presentation included how to support your staff, signs to look for and actions to take to support staff.

As you can see through a review of the above list, as well as the standard refreshers that all staff complete which include Mandatory Reporting, Asthma, Diabetes, Anaphylaxis, Epilepsy and Seizures, Equal Opportunity and Codes of Conduct, staff have been very busy in their preparation for the new academic year.

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NEW AND RETURNING STAFF

With a staff of over 240, there will always be a number of new staff and returning staff members to highlight each and every year. I wish to highlight all new and returning staff and wish them every blessing as they serve in our community. 

New Staff Position
Mrs Candice Brown
Director of Teaching and Learning - Middle School
Miss Jordy Cook
Media Teacher
Mr Ethan Gray
English Teacher
Miss Alexia Leone
English Teacher
Mrs Davina Stacey
English Teacher
Mrs Barbara Krahner
Food Technology Teacher
Mrs Amy Ameduri
Early Childhood Teacher
Mrs Tara Hackett
Library Teacher - Primary
New Staff Position
Mr Liam Oliver
HASS Teacher
Miss Mary-Anne Leotta
Primary Music Teacher
Mrs Svetlana Ognenovski
Education Assistant - ESS
Mrs Inge Mansel
Education Assistant - ESS
Mrs Emilly Fitzgerald
Education Assistant - ESS
Mrs Davina Stacey
English Teacher
Ms Dana Hooker
Occupational Therapist
Mrs Louise Todd
Accounts Payable Officer
Mrs Julie McLellan
Accounts and Reconciliations Officer
Primary School Teacher working with a female student
Returning Staff Position
Mrs Jennifer Codd
HASS and Year 8 Coordinator
Mrs Shari Fayers
ESS Teacher
Mrs Jaimi Bakker
Year 6 Teacher
Ms Antonella Tosi
HASS Teacher and Year 11 Coordinator
Mrs Mel Olsen (Foxley)
Year 5 Teacher
Mr Brendon Cook
HOD Languages
Mr Chris Morgan
ICT Teacher

There are also staff who have attained or have been promoted to new roles in 2024.  We wish them every success as they serve our community in their new roles.

Promotional Roles Position
Mr Simon Wicks
Director of Early Childhood
Ms Michelle Egan
Acting Director of Pastoral Care Middle School - Term 1
Mrs Lucy Barnett
HOD Mathematics
Mrs Sharna Sjepcevich
CareerLink and Workplace Learning Coordinator and Head of Department - Food Technologies
Mr Simon Brodie
Primary Religious Education Specialist Teacher
Ms Elise McDermott
Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator (0.2 FTE)
Mr Kane McLachlan
Digital Integration Coordinator (0.4 FTE)
Mr Ben Rocchi
Acting Year 9 Coordinator – Semester 1

REGULAR SCHOOL ATTENDANCE (All Parents Please Read)

As we embark on this new school year, it is crucial to underscore the profound impact that regular attendance can have on your child’s educational success. Studies conducted in Western Australia consistently show that students who attend school regularly are more likely to achieve better academic outcomes, develop essential life skills, and enjoy a well-rounded educational experience.

 

Regular school attendance fosters an important sense of routine and discipline, preparing students for future challenges in both their academic and professional lives. It also provides them with opportunities to engage with diverse learning experiences, develop meaningful friendships and build a strong foundation for their future endeavours.

At John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School, we are committed to creating a supportive and enriching environment that encourages your child’s growth, both academically and personally. Our dedicated staff are here to collaborate with you in fostering a positive and nurturing educational experience for your child.

 

We understand that life can present many unexpected challenges, and we encourage open communication if there are any concerns or issues that may impact your child’s attendance.

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2023/2024 BUILDING PROGRAM

The School’s significant building program will come to a successful conclusion over the next few weeks.  While all new classrooms and staff areas in the Bromilow Year 9 and Year 10 Learning Centre are complete and already in use, minor amendments will be completed by the building company to finalise this stage of our Capital Development Program. 

 

The new facilities are exceptional and while the students will not be able to use their lockers for a few days due to a supply chain issue with our ordered locks, I am sure that all Year 9 and Year 10 students will enjoy the pristine and purpose-built facilities as they progress through School over the next few years.

The new Amphitheatre, Chapel Court and access to our Performing Arts Centre have also been completed and will become the cultural hub of our School. It is planned that Music, Languages, Dance, Drama and Art events will be held in this new courtyard and performance area. We are all eagerly looking forward to this.

 

The recently launched Early Learning Centre at John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School is a testament to the significant upgrades and enhancements of our facilities. The campus will continue to undergo refurbishment and improvement, where the focus will be on our established facilities into which minor capital works will be planned.

ACTION PLAN GROUPS

The John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School Action Plan Groups were identified as a result of the many conversations and discussions held over the course of the 2023 Staff Conference Week.  Staff highlighted areas that they were passionate about, areas that would enhance the culture of our community, creating areas of focus for 2024.

 

The following 8 Action Plan Groups were selected by our staff as focus areas in 2024:

  • Breaking the Cycle/Culture of Toxic Masculinity and Denigration within Friendship Groups.
  • Sustainability and Environmental Action at JSR.
  • Parents as Partners.
  • Creating Bridges between Secondary School and Primary School.
  • Fitness for Staff.
  • Providing Primary students more meaningful activity/movement time during the School day.
  • Community/House Spirit Development across the School.
  • Developing a Common Language of Wellbeing PKG – Y12.

 

All staff have selected to contribute to one of the 8 Action Plan Groups and will work on developing practical solutions to the areas of enhancement throughout the year. As you can infer from reviewing the list of Action Plan Groups, our staff are very committed to enhancing our community, not just through their teaching and learning, but also through their commitment to the identified areas of positive enhancement for our School through the formation and collaboration of the 8 Action Plan Groups.

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COMMUNICATION BETWEEN PARENTS AND STAFF (All Parents: Please Read)

At John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School, we recognize the vital role of effective communication in fostering a strong partnership between our dedicated staff and our valued parents. Clear and timely communication is essential for the success of our students and the overall well-being of our school community.

 

To optimize this communication, we have requirements to ensure that parents receive timely responses from our staff. All staff members are required to respond to parent inquiries and concerns within 48 hours. This commitment to a 48-hour response time is designed to enhance communication and provide parents with the information and support they need in a timely manner while acknowledging that staff have responsibilities during a school day to teach and support our students. Please note that the 48-hour response time does not apply to Therapists or part time staff.

 

Additionally, we understand the importance of respecting the work-life balance of our staff. To create a healthy and sustainable work environment, we have a staff mandate that discourages staff from sending emails to colleagues before 7.00am and after 7.00pm. This ensures that our staff can maintain a healthy work-life balance and be fully present for their duties during school hours.

 

We believe that these measures contribute to an efficient and respectful communication process, benefiting both our parents and staff members.

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2024 SCHOOL THEME – “UNLEASH YOUR POTENTIAL”

The 2024 theme for our School is “Unleash Your Potential”. As we stand at the threshold of a promising academic year, our shared enthusiasm for what lies ahead reverberates throughout our entire community. At the core of this excitement lies a unified commitment—a commitment from our devoted staff to stretch the boundaries in delivering extraordinary learning experiences daily, a commitment from our students to unveil the very best version of themselves each day, and a commitment from parents to offer unwavering support, dedication, and collaboration.

Our staff members, fuelled by their passion for education, are prepared to extend their efforts beyond the ordinary. They pledge to create an enriching and dynamic learning environment that sparks curiosity, nurtures creativity, and empowers each student to unleash their full potential. This commitment is not just a professional responsibility. It is a heartfelt promise to transform each day into an opportunity for inspiration and growth.

 

Simultaneously, we call upon our students to determine their own commitment—to embrace and unleash their potential every single day. This means not only pursuing academic excellence but also embodying values such as respect, responsibility, and resilience. By fostering a culture of continuous improvement and self-discovery, and adopting the LEARN the JSR Way methodology, our students will not only succeed academically but also thrive as individuals prepared for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

 

Recognising the pivotal role parents play in their children’s holistic development, we invite you to be active participants in this journey. Your commitment to support your child’s education, tirelessly fostering a love for learning at home and engaging in open communication with teachers and staff is invaluable. Together, as partners in your child’s educational experience, we can create a robust support system that ensures the success and well-being of every student.

 

Let us collectively embrace the theme of “Unleashing Your Potential”. Together, as a united community, we can cultivate an environment where each member is encouraged to explore, grow and discover their inherent potential and capabilities. The upcoming year holds immense promise and with our shared commitment to unleashing potential, it is destined to be a time of transformative growth, individual achievement, and collective success.

 

Thank you for being an integral part of the John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School.  Here’s to a year filled with the exciting journey of unlocking potential, achievement, and shared success.