Welcome back

Welcome back, all students, families, staff and volunteers to another great year of learning at Guildford Primary School! I am very proud to have been given the opportunity to lead your school for Term 1 of 2020. I will be keeping open communication with parents about any upcoming changes in leadership for our school, however for the time being I am looking forward to meeting you and your children, and ensuring that we continue to offer you and your children a high quality, local, public
education close to home.

A little about me… 

I have been teaching in WA for almost twenty years, starting in my home town of York and teaching a range of ages and students across the Wheatbelt, Southwest and Midwest of WA in my time with the Department of Education. Most recently, I have been working in Meekatharra at our local District High School, working with students and families from our early learning Kindilink Families program for 3 year olds, to graduating Year 12 students. I am very excited to be working with you and your children this term. 

New Teachers 

Over the next few newsletters, you will be meeting new teachers and staff in our school. Your child’s teacher will be putting out their classroom policies documents, explaining routines and expectations. This is a great chance to get to know more about our passionate and committed staff for 2020, so don’t hesitate to call your child’s teacher and talk with them, or even to make a more extended, in-person meeting for later in the term if you would like. 

School Council 

With a newly invigorated approach to school governance here at Guildford Primary School, I am excited to be starting work with our School Council in the coming weeks. We will be clarifying the roles and responsibilities of the School Council in our school, and getting our senior students more involved in working to set directions and visions for the future. Many thanks to our dedicated School Councillors, and I look forward to discussing the work of the Council in future newsletters. 

Building and maintaining relationships at our school 

Guildford Primary School is committed to all of our students feeling safe and comfortable coming to our school. We have a supportive and caring staff including teachers, assistants and other support staff. I am committed to starting the year with open communication about the needs of every child and every family, so that we can ensure our children get what they need, to learn, work and succeed. With a big group of people working together, sometimes concerns and anxiety will arise. We believe that the best way to ensure that all of our students and staff can continue to learn and work is through an approach that is centred on communication and understanding. Starting a structured conversation will help our children to share understanding about each other, and come to a resolution of their differences. When challenges arise, particularly within the playground, we will seek to resolve this by working with all of the parties and communicate with parents as soon as possible. 

Communication 

Notes for your child will be coming home over the next couple of weeks. Please work with us to keep up to date with notes, and see the front office if you think you have missed a note or permission slip. 

Emma Cooke
Principal