Feb 19

Newsletter Vol. 1

Dear Parents and Friends,

Welcome Back to Academic Year 2019

It was a delight to welcome our children back for the Academic Year 2019 on Monday 4 February. As we have come to expect they were beautifully dressed in FULL uniform.

Thank you parents and caregivers for ensuring that our school continues to stand out with our dress code, behaviour and academic performance.

Thank you also for ensuring that all items on the Booklists were provided. Class teachers, depending on the age of the children, make a decision to “pool” stationery and set up a sharing system or ask children to only bring items they require immediately in their pencil cases.

The main cause to celebrate is that our children are well settled in their new rooms, making new friends and playing with long standing friends before school, and during recess and lunch.

Please note children will need to be supervised by parents whilst playing on the school grounds after school. Parents of Pre Primary and Kindergarten children are also asked to watch their non-school age children closely as they have in the past used equipment that has been set up for particular use in the classroom and in the school yard.

With best wishes,

Melissa Guy
PRINCIPAL

Phone:  9307 2356
E-Mail:  Melissa.Guy@education.wa.edu.au

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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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