Dec 13

Newsletter Vol. 20

Dear Parents and Carers

All principals would love to have such a supportive community as you have been to myself, the staff and the students over the nearly 10 years that I have had the privilege to be Principal of Poseidon Primary. At one stage we had the biggest P & C in the North Metropolitan Region.  The wider community has also been very supportive of all school events with the most popular over the years being our Learning Journey, Faction Carnival and International Food Day.

So THANK YOU ALL so much for the support and care you have given to our great school.

Many people have asked me if I am excited about my impending retirement.  I am very much looking forward to retiring and don’t regret my decision but, excited is not the term I would use to describe my feeling, it’s more a feeling of apprehension and uncertainty as I have worked for most of my life, but being a fairly flexible and adaptable person I’m sure that it won’t take me long to get used to not working!

Some other people, particularly students have asked me why am I retiring. It took me a little while to find a response that I felt right, which is “Because am old enough to retire and still young enough to still do lots of other things with my life.”

2018 has been a busy and rewarding year.  I am sure, that the Poseidon School will make Melissa Guy feel very welcome and that in 2019 the school will continue Creating Opportunities Together for all students, with a team of dedicated and professional educators, a proactive school board, an enthusiastic P & C and a supportive school community.

Once again, I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and safe and happy New Year.

-Peter-

Peter Blackford
Principal

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Nov 29

Newsletter Vol.19

Dear Parents and Carers

Student reports will be emailed home on Tuesday December 11.  Teachers have put a lot of time and thought into creating individualised reports that reflect the achievements made by each student this semester.  Please make the time to sit down and discuss their reports with your son or daughter.

A final reminder to all families, that on Friday December 7 we will be holding our Christmas Assembly.  With our pre-primary students performing a nativity play and both school choirs leading the singing of Christmas carols, this is one of the highlights of the year.  This will be followed by our annual Book Awards Assembly on Monday December 10 commencing at 9:00am.  The Year Six Graduation ceremony will also be held on Monday December 10 commencing at 5:00pm.  I am looking forward to seeing lots of parents, grandparents and friends at both these end of year events.

School commences again for students on Monday February 4 2019 and the office will open from Tuesday January 29 2019.

Enjoy the holidays with your children, have a lovely Christmas and we look forward to seeing you back at school next year.

-Peter-

Peter Blackford
Principal

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Nov 15

Newsletter Vol. 18

Dear Parents and Carers

The count down to the end of year has well and truly begun!  Staff are well into the process of preparing the end of year reports for all students.  Teachers put a lot of thought and effort into creating individual reports that reflect the progress and achievements that each student has made during this semester.  Families will be emailed reports on Tuesday December 11 so that if you have any concerns about any aspect of your child’s report there is still time to make an appointment to discuss it with the class teacher.

The board held its last meeting for the year on Monday November 12.  Please see the attached copy of the Board Chair, Melinda McAndrew’s annual report.  I would like to publicly acknowledge the dedication and commitment of all 10 Board Members to the Poseidon Primary community.  It has been a real privilege to work with such a group of enthusiastic and caring people who are there to not only provide the strategic direction for the school but to support the staff and myself in our efforts to provide the best possible education to all of our students. I wish them all the very best for the future and I am sure that the incoming principal will also enjoy working with such an amazing group of community members.

I had hoped to be in the position of informing the school community who the new school principal will be.  Unfortunately, the process is still ongoing and until the Director General signs off on the appointment no announcement can be made.

-Peter-

Peter Blackford
Principal

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Nov 01

Newsletter Vol. 17

Dear Parents and Carers

Can you believe it?  We are almost half way through the last term already!

The process for selecting a new principal for Poseidon Primary continued this week with interviews for the short-listed applicants being held on Wednesday. Once the Director General of Education signs off on the recommended applicant and the appeals period has expired, a process that could take in excess of two weeks, I will be able to inform the school community who will be the school’s next principal.

In the classrooms this is a reasonably intense time of the year for both staff and students.  Students have started completing a range of assessments that will be used by teachers to help them create the end of year reports that are due to be emailed home on Tuesday December 11.

-Peter-

Peter Blackford
Principal

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Oct 18

Newsletter Vol. 16

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome back to Term Four.  Events to look forward to this term are the school’s annual public speaking competition – “Speak Out” and participation in the National Outdoor Classroom Day on November 1.  It is also the last term of primary school for our Year Six students as they begin the process of transitioning to secondary school and preparing for their graduation at the end of year.

As many of you may already be aware at the last Board meeting in Term Three I announced my retirement and will be leaving the school and education at the end of this term. The process of selecting a new Principal has already commenced and I should be able to inform the school community of who this person will be sometime in early November.

If any parents know that their child/ren will not be attending Poseidon Primary School in 2019, could they please fill in the form at the bottom of the newsletter and return it to the Front Office as soon as possible.  Alternatively the information on the form can be emailed to poseidon.ps@education.wa.edu.au.  This information will help us in compiling the classes for 2019.

As applications for Kindergarten for 2019 are closing soon, if you have friends or family who have not yet enrolled their child into Kindergarten for 2019, please inform them to do so immediately.

 

-Peter-

Peter Blackford Principal

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