Dear Parents, Carers and Community Members
In 2017, our school continued to build on our tradition of being a caring and dedicated learning community. Our student numbers continue to increase steadily, with notable growth in the junior years, as our community changes and grows with new and younger families living in the area. Again, we have maintained a stable staff, with the only changes being due to the arrival or impending arrival of new family members for Alecia Snart, Chelsea Bunker, Louise Matthews and Kylie Enriquez-Nau.
The learning opportunities and experiences we are able to offer to our students are due to the dedication of the staff, families and the community of Tuart Hill Primary School who contribute with dedication and enthusiasm in so many ways. While our consistent focus is improving student learning now and for the future, we are able to offer an array of opportunities that support and enhance many facets of school life. Our partnership programs, such as Occupational and Speech Therapy, Social Work and Psychology, continue to provide mutual benefit to all involved, with staff, students and parents responding positively to the extra support and services they are able to access. The 2017 Independent Public School review panel also noted the many positive ways that students are supported beyond the curriculum and the strong sense of community that is evident to the many people who engage with us throughout the year, including local and federal politicians, Department of Education consultants, professional learning providers, university supervisors, pre-service teachers, community leaders and others.
Throughout 2017, our Board Chair, Jason Papps, has continued to lead our board with purpose and professionalism through strategic planning issues. The current Board is the largest one to date, with membership close to capacity, offering a diverse range of experience and knowledge that benefits our school. Our hardworking P & C members, capably led by Tanya Woodard, have had a very successful 2017 which has contributed strongly to many projects and initiatives that our students enjoy.
Finally, I acknowledge the hard working staff who daily make a difference to our students. Despite the myriad of tasks they attend to, our teachers continue to actively engage with students, parents and each other to achieve the best outcomes for all concerned. In 2017, many staff have been recognised and nominated for their commitment to the school values of excellence, care, equity and learning, and our choir mistress, Mrs Mount-Bryson, has been recognised for a decade of enthusiastic participation in the WA Government Schools Music Society.
In 2018, one of our major focuses will be the planning and implementation of a new three year Business Plan that will establish the direction of our school until 2021. It will be exciting to see another plan unfold as our school continues to grow in knowledge and prepare our students for bright futures.