From the Principal 

Linda Jones



Our 2021 school year commenced last week and as I write this I reflect on the lovely start we’ve had to the new school year. I do hope you all had a little time with family and friends over the break and that the start of the year has been a positive one for you all.


When we chat to students they share lovely holiday stories and they are are also looking forward to the new school year. I would like to thank you, the parents, for your efforts in preparing your children for the start of this school year. Throughout the year, I hope we will share many opportunities of watching our students shine in a variety of ways.


With the virus still at the fore, here and most certainly overseas we are still very much living in uncertain times and like 2020 may need to be flexible and resilient over the months ahead. I know we will work together to ensure we care for one another and put our students’ needs first and foremost and thank you for your support of our most recent CPS Guidelines that were shared via our Compass platform last week.


This year, we again welcome new families to Carnegie across all year levels as well as our new preps. I am sure the whole community joins me in welcoming you all to our school. I do hope you will all quickly become part of our CPS community.


We welcome four new staff to Carnegie Primary School this year.  Kirra King will work with our Year 1 team, Madeleine Kelly has joined our Year 3 team and Brooke Schiano will be teaching in the Year 5 team. We also warmly welcome back from leave, Alice Dell to the Prep team. You will find a full overview a little later in this newsletter.


For the first few days our students will be spending time engaging in activities in their classroom and learning teams focusing on out ‘Start Up’ program. Through the Start Up activities we focus on:-

  • Students getting to know their new classes and the daily routines
  • Establishing positive, engaging learning environments where each child feels valued
  • Developing clear, shared expectations and processes for classrooms and learning teams
  • Encouraging a sense of responsibility and active involvement in decision making
  • An awareness of the behaviours that demonstrate the values we hold
  • Support for self-directed learning

In the coming weeks, parents will have a chance to meet staff informally after school. Our ‘You Tell Us’ sharing opportunity for Year 1 to 6 families is Wednesday, 17th February with the Prep one occurring the following Wednesday, 24th February. Invitations will sent home shortly. If you have any questions please ask your child’s teacher or call into the office.


We encourage an ‘open door’ policy at CPS and we do hope we can have all our doors and gates truly open. An invitation is extended to all parents to contact the school, should you wish to discuss any issues, talk through a problem or just have a chat about their child at any time throughout the year. All parents will soon receive an Information Book via their Compass link, pertaining to each year level, outlining some of the more general ‘housekeeping’ items as we commence a new year.


As this is the first newsletter for the term, it is full of many ‘housekeeping’ items, I do strongly encourage families to take the time to regularly read our fortnightly newsletter as it is an excellent form of communication.


We are again looking forward to a wonderful year ahead at Carnegie Primary School.


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