2016 - Annual Report to the School Community

REGISTERED SCHOOL NUMBER: 0077

 

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ANNUAL REPORT TO THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY

Contents

Contact Details..................................................................................... 2

Minimum Standards Attestation........................................................... 2

Our School Vision................................................................................. 3

School Overview................................................................................... 4

Principal’s Report.................................................................................. 5

Parish Priest’s Report............................................................................ 6

School Education Board Report............................................................ 7

Education in Faith.................................................................................. 8

Learning & Teaching.............................................................................. 9

Student Wellbeing................................................................................. 10

Child Safe Standards …………………………............................……….11

Leadership & Management................................................................... 12

School Community................................................................................. 13

Financial Performance........................................................................... 14

Future Directions................................................................................... 15

VRQA Compliance Data....................................................................... 16

 

 

Contact Details

ADDRESS

20 Newcastle Street

Newport   VIC 3015

PRINCIPAL

Mr Tony Crosbie

PARISH PRIEST

Fr Anthony Gnanapragasam

SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR

Ms Vanessa Weber

TELEPHONE

(03) 9391 6262

EMAIL

principal@shnewport catholic.edu.au

WEBSITE

www.shnewport.catholic.edu.au

 

Minimum Standards Attestation

I, Anthony Michael Crosbie attest that Sacred Heart School is compliant with:

All of the requirements for the minimum standards and other requirements for the registration of schools as specified in the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic) and the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2007 (Vic), except where the school has been granted an exemption from any of these requirements by the VRQA
Australian Government accountability requirements related to the 2016 school year under the Australian Education Act 2013 (Cth) and the Australian Education Regulations 2013 (Cth)

19 May 2017

Our School Vision

In the spirit of St Mary of the Cross and our Catholic faith, we nurture in our students a sense of hope and joy in life, and challenge them to strive for excellence in their learning.

“May the spirit of the Sacred Heart animate you.”

Mary MacKillop (1906)

Updated: April 2017  Review: 2020

 

School Overview

Sacred Heart School is situated at 20 Newcastle Street, Newport in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne, eight kilometres from the CBD in the City of Hobsons Bay.  The school was opened in 1901 under the direction of the Sisters of St. Joseph, with the first Principal personally chosen by Mary MacKillop.   The school has maintained a strong link to the Josephite Sisters and the tradition of Mary MacKillop.  We still have a Josephite Sister working full time at Sacred Heart.  Sacred Heart appointed its first lay Principal in 2001.

Sacred Heart is a typical inner-suburban school of its time being red brick and two storeys. The school has been constantly added to and upgraded over the years, resulting in clean, bright facilities. A house adjoining the school was purchased in 2001 so we could expand the size of our school grounds. The house was demolished and a new adventure playground and hall were constructed in 2002/03.  To green our school environment and recognise our history, a garden dedicated to Mary MacKillop was built between the school and the Church in 2005.  Extensive playground development occurred in the latter half of 2009, adding sandpits, seating, trees, rubberised surface under the adventure playground, areas of artificial turf and a dry creek bed.   With our $2M BER Project, one wing of the school was extensively rebuilt and refurbished to accommodate a Library Learning Area and a Senior Level Learning Area. In 2016 we had an enrolment of 248 students in twelve class groupings consisting of two Prep classes, two Year 1 classes, two Year 2 classes, two Year 3 classes, one Year 4, one Year 4/5 Class, one Year 5 Class and one Year 6 classes. The demographic profile of Newport has changed over the last few years.  Newport as a suburb has seen real estate values increase and Newport has experienced a movement of younger families into the area, especially in the last few years.  Our CSEF percentage in 2016 was 14%.  Our socio economic status has steadily increased over the last few years to 109. 

Our Language Background Other than was 22.5% with our largest group being Arabic followed by Greek, and Italian.  The majority of our students come from families where both parents were born in Australia although many of the parents have ESL backgrounds which impact culturally and linguistically on our students.  We value and celebrate the multicultural aspect of our school.  Our enrolment of Catholic students in Prep 2016 was 78%.  We have students baptised into other Christian faiths, as well as Muslim.  Less than 1% of students indicating no religious denomination. Our enrolment mix is reflective of the cultural background of Newport.

In 2015 we had twenty five staff members in total with sixteen being full-time.  We had twelve classroom teachers, three specialist teachers (Physical Education, The Arts, Library, LOTE), five leadership / support staff (Literacy Co-ordinator, Numeracy Co-ordinator, Reading Recovery / Pastoral Care, Principal), three Integration Aides, a Position of Leadership release teacher and two Administration staff.  We worked on improving student outcomes in Literacy and Numeracy by using data more consistently and rigorously to assess students’ skills and inform planning for learning and teaching. 

Principal’s Report

I take much pleasure in presenting the 2016 Annual Report to the Sacred Heart School Community.

The 2016 school year has been a time of great activity both inside and outside the classroom.  As you can see from the various aspects of this report

I wish to extend my thanks to the staff for their commitment to the children of Sacred Heart School.  In particular, as a school community we remember Mrs Trisha O’Driscoll who passed away following a short struggle with cancer.  Trisha was greatly loved and admired by all students and staff and will be greatly missed by all of us.

The whole community can be left with no doubt that their children are receiving the best educational program possible and that every endeavour is being made to ensure the continued growth and development of all facets of Sacred Heart school.

 

Leadership Team

The Leadership Team in 2016 consisted of:

Principal: Mr Tony Crosbie
Deputy Principal: Mrs Donna Condon
Religious Education Co-ordinator: Ms Ashley Kelly
Numeracy: Ms Jill Crowe
Literacy Co-ordinator: Mrs Bern Pelka
Learning and Teaching: Ms Kelly Day & Mr Rory McCaughey:
Student Wellbeing: Ms Margaret Enright

Religious Education

Ms. Ashley Kelly continued with the work of developing the school’s Religious Education and Sacramental Programs.

During the year the children and staff were involved in a number of Liturgical events including:

Opening of the School Year Mass at Sacred Heart Church
Catholic Education Week / Celebration at St Patrick’s Cathedral
Ash Wednesday and Easter Paraliturgy
Mission Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral
Celebration of Sacred Heart Feast Day
Combined Schools Day with St Margaret Mary’s, Spotswood
Celebration of the feast day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop
Our Christmas Celebration at Emmanuel College - St Paul’s Campus
Weekly Class Masses

Children in Years 3 & 6 were involved in the Parish Based Sacramental Programs for the reception of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation.  This was the first time that the Sacrament of Reconciliation was given to the Year 3 students; thus spreading the existing Sacramental Program across Year 3 to Year 6 and in particular lessening the load on the Year 4 teachers.

Parent/ child formation sessions were held prior to the reception of each of the Sacraments.

An evening of Prayer was offered to students and parents in Prep and the students and parents in Year 2 participated in the Baptism review evening.

All Year Levels from Prep to 6 continued to participate in class and school celebrations of the Eucharist.

At the beginning of the school year, the staff from Sacred Heart gathered with the staff from St Margaret Mary’s to celebrate the beginning of the School Year and with teachers from the Western Zone to celebrate Mass at Carolyn Springs.

2 staff attended the Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre in East Melbourne to participate in the Mackillop Colloquium.

2016 saw the formation of the Mini-Vinnies Program for students in year 5 & 6.  Under the guidance of Ms O’Driscoll, Ms Enright and Ms Kelly, the students were involved in a number of activities and events that supported the work of the local DePaul conference.

 

School Improvement Framework - 2016

In 2016 the school participated on the School Improvement Framework as specified by the Catholic Education Office. 

The Review Process focused on the areas of: 

Education in Faith, Learning and Teaching, Student Wellbeing, Leadership and Management, School Community which make up the 5 spheres of the School Improvement Framework.

The school’s Leadership Team and all members of the school staff and representatives from the parent body worked with our external Reviewer Ms Colleen Wilkin.  Ms Wilken assisted us in setting our future goals within the 5 spheres.

ADVICE ON STRATEGIC INTENT

The school’s Strategic Intent for the new School Improvement Plan.  Sacred Heart School in the charism of St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop commits to:

  • Proclaiming our Catholic Identity in all we are and do
  • Being open to innovative and new learning
  • Challenging and supporting our community to become reflective learners
  • Being a welcoming community that values respectful relationships with parents and the wider community
  • Leadership having a focussed, strategic and consistent approach to school improvement.
  • Developing clarity of purpose supported by effective communication

 

BROAD GOALS

INTENDED IMPROVEMENT OUTCOMES

KEY IMPROVEMENT STRATEGIES

 

Education in Faith

  • To further enhance the Catholic identity of Sacred Heart School as a living faith community in a contemporary world.
  • That the Sacred Heart school community confidently and competently enacts our Vision Statement.
  • That students understand and confidently engage with our living faith community.
  • Renew the school vision and ensure it is known and able to be articulated and used as a base for core documents and practices.
  • Strengthen teacher capacity both theologically and pedagogically in the light of contemporary approaches to confidently educate in faith.
  • Continue to build relationships and as a dimension of all programs with a focus on learning, wellbeing and faith formation.

 

Learning and Teaching

  • To provide a learning environment that challenges, engages and empowers all learners to be confident participators in and beyond the classroom.
  • That student outcomes in Literacy and Numeracy improve, with all students demonstrating expected levels of growth.
  • That students develop positive and risk taking learning dispositions and that they see themselves as successful and capable.
  • Build staff capacity to implement agreed, consistent approaches to contemporary pedagogy and embed whole school common understandings about personalised learning.
  • Continue to develop approaches that build and acknowledge interrelated areas of learning and wellbeing.

 

Student Wellbeing

  • To strengthen key competencies and capacities of all to manage and develop healthy relationships and behaviours.
  • That students develop as responsible, confident and resilient people.
  • Continue to develop and implement whole school approaches that build personal and interpersonal growth within our Catholic context.

 

Leadership and Management

  • To grow and sustain a staff culture that is characterised by clarity of purpose, professional engagement and a focus on continuous improvement.
  • That School Climate is strengthened and leads to improved outcomes for students.
  • That a strong culture of professionalism underpins all school practices.
  • Strategically build professional competencies of all staff and build a high performance team culture.
  • Further develop clarity around the nature of leadership and roles, practices and structures across the school including those around communication.

 

School Community

  • To continue to strengthen connectedness and enhance collaborative partnerships between the school, home, parish and wider community.
  • That students’ learning will flourish as a result of connectedness to their school and the community.
  • Continue to build community connectedness as a dimension of all structures and processes.

 

Curriculum Developments and Initiatives

Whilst the major focus of the year was the School Review and School Improvement Framework, the staff continued to focus on a number of specific programs and professional development activities. The staff continued their focus on the development of the school’s approach to Personalised Learning.

All staff have continued to be involved in a number of related Professional Development Programs specific to their needs and areas of interest.

Literacy

The school’s Literacy Co-ordinator – Mrs Bern Pelka attended all Professional Development Sessions conducted by the CEO.

Staff and Students in Year 3 – 6 continued to be involved in the LAP – Learning Assessment Project

Numeracy

The Numeracy Co-ordinator continued to be the primary source of contact between the school and Numeracy Leaders from the Catholic Education Office.

Technology

Assisted Technologies: 

All students in Year 4, 5 & 6 participated in the school’s Chromebook Program

A new UPS was purchased for the Servers

New Photocopiers were obtained for the Admin and Staff Preparation Areas

Existing computer hardware in school continued to be replaced as part of the ongoing upgrading of the school’s computer facilities. 

Performing Arts

The Year 5/6 Students starred in the School Production – “The Garden”.  This was a great success due to the work of staff members Mrs Rita McEwen, Mrs Mary Cassar and a group of parent and staff helpers.

Camps Program

The children in Year 6 attended a five day camp in Canberra.

The children in Year 4 & 5 attended a three day camp at Mt Evelyn.

Year 3 students attended a three day camp at Dromana.

Year 1 & 2 students undertook a one day Outdoor Education Program at school.

The children, staff and parent helpers had a most enjoyable and exhaustive time at each of these camps. 

Special Days

During the year the students participated in the following “Special Days” activities.

Multi-cultural Lunch Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day, Footy Day, Art Show, Book Parade, Prep Breaky, Combined School Day with St Margaret Mary’s, Art Show, Author Night.

The Year 1 students had a special visit from former Parliamentary Staffer Ms Peta Credlin.  Ms Credlin was invited to come to Sacred Heart to meet with the Year 1 students by one of the students in Year 1PA

Sports

The children in Years 5 & 6 participated in the Yarraville Primary Schools Sports Association. (YPSSA) Summer and Winter Sports program.

Teams of students from Year 3 – 6 represented the school in the Athletics, Swimming and Cross Country
Students in Year 5/6 participated in the Hoop Time Basketball Program.
All students in Years Prep - 6 participated in the Athletics and Cross Country Sports
The Year 4 – 6 students participated in the Life Saving Program at Williamstown Beach whilst the Year Prep – Year 3 students participated in the Swimming Program at the Maribyrnong Pool.
The Sports Awards Night was held in December with special guest – Sue Sofarnos (Australian Lacrosse Coach)

 

Program Involvement in   2016

Emmanuel College

Students in Year 4 were invited to Emmanuel College to experience a day at the College. Year 5 & 6 students attended the Annual Performance and the Year 5 students participated in the Soccer Day.

Mount St Joseph’s College

Students in Year 4 were invited to MSJ College to experience a day at the College. Year 5 & 6 students attended the Annual Musical Performance

The school hosted the visiting Japanese exchange students from Siriea College for one day as

part of their Exchange Program.

YMCA – Out of School Hours Care

The school continued to engage YMCA to run an Out of School Hours Care Program – Before and After School care for families attending Sacred Heart School. 2106 saw an increase in the number of students attending both the before and after school program.

Counselling Services

The school continued its partnership program with OnPsych to provide Counselling Services to the students and families of Sacred Heart School. Student and families from Sacred Heart now have access to psychologists for educational and social concerns.

Fundraising Group

The support of the parent body is essential to the development and well-being of any school and Sacred Heart is no exception.  The parents have continued to show their support for all aspects of school life. 

The major focus for fundraising was the School Fete. This was a great success and the community is extremely grateful to Ms Lauren Smith and her band of workers for the countless number of hours that they expended in ensuring the success of the fete.

Other events included the Welcome BBQ at the beginning of the School Year, the Easter Raffle, Weekly icy pole sales and Hot Chocolate sales, and Christmas Carols and Family Gathering at Emmanuel College.

The Fundraising Group had a most successful Year – raising over $23,000 during the year. 

Parental support for Reading Programs, Library, Excursions and Class and Sporting activities continues to be the source of great assistance and the staff are extremely grateful for this.

 

Staffing

The following staff changes occurred at Sacred Heart at the end of the 2015 School Year:

Mr Phil Thorley retired from teaching

Ms Asta Harvey moved to country Victoria to take up a teaching position

The following staff members were employed at the beginning of the 2016 school year:

Ms Caitlin Grace was employed as a Year 1 teacher - Year 1fixed term (Maternity Leave Replacement)

Mr Kieran Condon - Year 2 fixed term (Maternity Leave Replacement)

Maternity Leave & Long Service Leave in 2016

Mrs Nikki Tobin remained on Maternity Leave

Mrs Kellie Cairns remained on Maternity Leave

 

My thanks to the members of Sacred Heart School community for assisting in making 2016 such a significant year.  My thanks to Fr Anthony for his support and assistance in all aspects of the school and to all members of Sacred Heart staff.  I look forward to the continued development of Sacred Heart School and pray that we will never lose sight of our vision for the future.

Tony Crosbie

Principal

School Education Board Report

Chairperson’s Annual Report 2016

The 2016 school year was another busy year for Sacred Heart School, Newport, with a number of initiatives achieved or progressed.  I would like to sincerely thank Tony Crosbie for his wisdom, leadership and positive outlook, and Father Anthony for his support of the Board.  I would also like to thank my fellow Board members – Donna Condon, Marija Maher, Vanessa Raymond, Graeme McCann, Cath Palmer, Andrea Nutbean and Nicky Hachem for dedicating their time and support to the Board. 

While the School Board discussed and focussed on numerous areas in 2016, below are some of the highlights. 

School review process – In 2016, the School started its formal review process and the Board continued its consideration of the School’s vision and mission statements.
Child Safe Standards – 2016 saw the introduction of the Child Safe Standards, which were discussed and adopted by the School Board.  This included a review of the legislative requirements relating to volunteers in the School and the introduction of new forms and procedures for volunteers.
School Finances – Rodney Kwok, the accountant for the School, once again presented to the School Board on the status of the School’s financial performance and provided the Board with useful information to take into account when providing recommendations regarding school fees for 2017.
School Community Fundraising – The Fete was held in October 2016 and was a brilliant success thanks to the enthusiastic work and support of many parents, including Lauren Smith, who took on a leadership role with respect to the Fete.  The Fete took many months of planning, many hours of work and much dedication from parents and students alike.  The atmosphere on the day was happy and lively and many spoke in a positive way about our School and the School community.  In addition, we must not forget the many others ways that fundraising occurs throughout the year, including but not limited to icy pole sales throughout summer.  All of this would not occur without the dedication of many parents and families – my sincere thanks to all involved.
School Canteen – 2016 ended with, amongst other things, the Board supporting a change in the lunch order/school canteen arrangements to allow healthier lunch options to be offered (by Nicole Kingston and Josephine Williams).   This is an exciting change for the School.

I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to the staff and school community for their dedication, tireless efforts and support of Sacred Heart School.  I look forward to working with my fellow Board members on many more initiatives in 2017.

Vanessa Weber

Chair,

Sacred Heart School Education Board

 

Education in Faith

Goals & Intended Outcomes

  • To further enhance the Catholic identity of Sacred Heart School as a living faith community in a contemporary world.
  • That the Sacred Heart school community confidently and competently enacts our Vision Statement.
  • That students understand and confidently engage with our living faith community.

 Achievements

  • Teachers planned and implemented exemplar units based on the text “To Know, Worship and Love”.
  • The Principal and Religious Education Co-ordinator (R.E.C.) worked as part of the Parish Sacramental Planning Team to plan and facilitate our Sacramental Programs across the two schools in our Partnered Parish.
  • The First Eucharist and Confirmation Reflection Days were very well planned and focused.
  • The Sacramental Planning Team organized and ran Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation Parent Faith Education Meetings.
  • Students and families participated in whole school Masses including Sacred Heart Feast Day (Poor Man’s Mass), Grandparents Day, St Mary of the Cross Feast Day and beginning and end of year Mass.
  • Classes took turns to attend the Friday morning Parish Mass at 9.00am.
  • School Captains attended St. Patrick’s Cathedral to take part in the Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Education Week / St. Patrick’s Day Mass celebrations.
  • Designated release time for the R.E.C. to plan liturgies and celebrations, prepare professional learning and support teachers in their learning and teaching.
  • The R.E.C. supported staff in their involvement in the Weekly Mass by preparing the readings of the day and discussing them with the teachers, who in turn prepared their class.
  • At least two Staff Meetings per term are dedicated to whole staff professional development in Religious Education (R.E.)
  • The R.E.C. developed a suggested outline for Staff Prayer format and each staff member was rostered to prepare a Staff Meeting Prayer following this format resulting in well thought out and reflective prayer opportunities.
  • With our Partnered Parish School, St. Margaret Mary’s, Spotswood we organized a Combined Schools Day.  The day began with a Liturgy celebrating the many cultures in our schools and Australia.
  • The Principal, as a member of the Association of Josephite Affiliated Primary Schools (AJAPS) group worked to ensure the spirit of Mary MacKillop was kept alive in our schools.

 

VALUE ADDED

  • The place of Prayer and Christian Meditation in the school was strengthened and expanded with staff and students.
  • Performer Andrew Chinn joined us for the celebration of our school’s Feast Day.
  • A Faith Education evening for all parents of students receiving a Sacrament in 2014 was held including a separate evening for the parents of Year 2 students.  There was excellent attendance and very positive feedback.
  • Year 6 Confirmation candidates from Sacred Heart and St Margaret Mary’s held a combined Confirmation Reflection Day.
  • Above 90% attendance at each of the Parent/ Student Sacramental Meetings.
  • The end of the year Carol Service was hosted by Musician and Songwriter Peter Kearney who provided all parents with the opportunity to participate in the carols with their children.

 

Learning & Teaching

Goals & Intended Outcomes

  • To provide a learning environment that challenges, engages and empowers all learners to be confident participators in and beyond the classroom.
  • That student outcomes in Literacy and Numeracy improve, with all students demonstrating expected levels of growth.
  • That students develop positive and risk taking learning dispositions and that they see themselves as successful and capable.

Achievements

  • The 3/4 and 5/6 Level teachers participated in the CEOM Literacy Assessment Project (LAP), with 2 staff attending two days of professional learning.  This was followed up at PLT meetings and implementation of LAP in their classrooms.
  • Literacy Professional Learning Team (PLT) Meetings from Prep – 6 (as a whole group, or in Level Teams) occurred each week during teacher release with a focus on data analysis, student learning and outcomes.
  • Continued use of the PROBE reading comprehension assessment program (diagnostic), mainly for Years 3-6 and Keys into Comprehension series.
  • Use of PAT-Reading for Years 3 - 6.
  • Numeracy Professional Learning Team (PLT) Meetings from Prep – 6 (as a whole group, or in Level Teams) occurred each week during teacher release with a focus on data analysis, student learning and outcomes.
  • An increased emphasis on analyzing assessment data and planning teaching and learning.
  • Development, implementation and moderation of Rich Assessment Tasks regularly in Measurement, Chance & Data, Space, Structure and Working Mathematically
  • Identification of students at risk or in need of extension. 
  • Students in Years 5/6 were able to participate in extension Maths sessions at least once per week.
  • Ongoing implementation of the Mathletics Computer Program for all Year 3 to 6 students to increase student interest in Mathematics and to develop their skills through the program.
  • All students in Year 5 & 6 given the use of a personalised Chromebook.  Maintaining and upgrading of classroom computers so all classes have at least six high functioning computers for student use and with access to class sets of Ipads and Laptops. 

 

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

PROPORTION OF STUDENTS MEETING THE MININUM STANDARDS

NAPLAN TESTS

2014 %      2015 %         2014–2015 Changes %             2016%          2015–2016  Changes %

YR 03     Reading

100.0         100.0                      0.0                                    100.0                      0 .0

YR 03     Writing

93.9            100.0                     6.1                                     100.0                      0.0

YR 03     Spelling

97.0            100.0                    3.0                                      100.0                      0.0

YR 03     Grammar & Punctuation

97.0            100.                       3.0                                      100.0                     0.0

YR 03     Numeracy

100.0          100.0                     0.0                                       100.0                    0.0

 

YR 05     Reading

100.0            95.8                    -4.2                                       96.7                      0.9

YR 05     Writing

97.3             100.0                     2.7                                      100.0                    0.0

YR 05     Spelling

97.4              95.8                     -1.6                                      100.0                    4.2

YR 05     Grammar & Punctuation

97.4              95.8                     -1.6                                        96.7                     0.9

YR 05     Numeracy

97.4             100.0                      2.6                                      100.0                    0.0

 

Evaluation of Changes in results from 2014 -2016

Since 2015, all staff have been engaged in Professional Development focusing on the areas of:

Reading
use of pre & post assessments in Reading - Writing & Spelling and targeting children at their zone of proximal development in order to provide explicit teaching across all areas.

The Literacy Leader participated in the Early Literacy Intervention Program and these studies have been directed into the school’s pedagogy in teaching & learning.

Numeracy

The school’s participation in the Strategic Support in Mathematics provided by the Catholic Education, Melbourne has significantly improved staff confidence and competence in the planning and teaching of Mathematics across all year levels.

Student Wellbeing

Goals & Intended Outcomes

  • To strengthen key competencies and capacities of all to manage and develop healthy relationships and behaviours.
  • That students develop as responsible, confident and resilient people.

 Achievements

  • All staff continued to focus on the Restorative Practice Approach and Assertive Discipline Approach.  School Rules were discussed with students in class and at Assemblies and notified to parents through Newsletters.
  • Attendance by Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator at Cluster Meetings as well as Zone Professional Development Days.
  • Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator facilitated staff meetings on Social and Emotional Learning.
  • Continued focus on established programs such as the Buddy Program, Junior School Council and the Senior Leadership Program. This Program involves all Year 6 students in a variety of leadership roles, as well as School Captains, Vice Captains and Sports Captains.
  • Systematic tracking of students using the nWellbeing Program from year to year to monitor learning, social or emotional progress / needs.
  • Regular Program Support Group Meetings to support students with special needs.
  • Teachers were provided with release time and support by the Individual Differences Co-ordinator and CEO staff to develop and write Individual Learning Plans for students as well as support and release in the writing of Integration Submissions.

 

Student Attendance

All parents are required to contact the school if their child is not at school.  Notes indicating reasons for absence are required.  An On-line Absence Form is also available on the Parents’ Lounge.

All non-notified absences after 10.00am are followed up with a phone call to parents.

 

AVERAGE STUDENT ATTENDANCE RATE BY YEAR LEVEL

                  %

Y01         94.09                   Y02         92.75                               

Y03         94.03                   Y04         93.95                                                         

 Y05         94.94                  Y06         90.82                                                                    

Overall average attendance    93.43%                                                                          

                                                                                     

VALUE ADDED

  • Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator worked with Zone Wellbeing Cluster to organise and run a day transition programs for Year 6 students.
  • Provision of access to an external psychologist at school during school time for students identified in need of this service.
  • Continued implementation of a whole school transition program at the end of the year ‘Step Up’ so that students had an opportunity to experience the year level above them for at least four sessions.
  • Extra-curricular activities such as our Outdoor Education Program from Prep - 6, regular excursions and incursions, involvement in interschool sporting activities, Book Week Parade, Junior School Council organized events, visit to the R.S.L., Kelly Sports (during and after school) and an after school instrumental music program enhanced student connectedness and community connections.

 

STUDENT SATISFACTION  2016 Insight –SRC School Improvement Survey Results

 

Classroom Behaviour                   79.07%

Connectedness to Peers               95.93%

Connectedness to School              87.91%

Learning Confidence                      95.91%

Purposeful Teaching                      93.95%

Stimulating Learning                      93.60%

Student Distress                             90.70%

Student Morale                              86.51%

Student Motivation                         99.42%

Student Safety                                84.19%

Survey - Easy                                 96.51%

Survey - Enthusiasm                      79.84%

Teacher Empathy                           94.02%

Taken from the 2016 Insight –SRC School Improvement Survey Results.

The School Improvement Surveys are key tools that provide the school with data from staff, students and parents to assist in understanding how well our school is operating. The information provided helps our school to improve the people management and work practices that drive staff wellbeing, motivation and performance.

Child Safe Standards

Goals and Intended Outcomes

  • To implement the Child Safe Standards as directed by Ministerial Order No. 870
  • To bring about cultural change in the school community

Achievements

  • In 2016, the school developed all the Policies, procedures, measures and practices in accordance with Ministerial Order No. 870 for managing the risk of child abuse by the implementation of minimum standards for a child safe environment, and responding to allegations of child abuse of a student at the school by someone connected to the school – another student, employee, contractor, volunteer or other person connected to the school.
  • Parents and staff were advised of all policies and procedures and these were made available to all parents and staff via the relevant Internet Portals (Parent Lounge and School Website).
  • All staff we engaged in the prescribed Professional Development programs and signed off on the Child Safe Policy as directed by Ministerial Order No. 870

Leadership & Management

Goals & Intended Outcomes

  • To grow and sustain a staff culture that is characterised by clarity of purpose, professional engagement and a focus on continuous improvement.
  • That School Climate is strengthened and leads to improved outcomes for students.
  • That a strong culture of professionalism underpins all school practices.

Achievements

  • The Leadership Team met regularly to oversee the School Improvement Plan and Annual Action Plan and to ensure that the actions were implemented in line with the goals.
  • The Leadership Team have put into place efficient and effective structures to support the Professional Learning Teams (PLT’s) through coordinators who are given time to work with Level planning teams.
  • Setting agendas for PLT Meetings which have a greater focus on student learning, student outcomes and data analysis.
  • PLT Meetings used to meet the needs of levels, individual teachers and the needs of students.
  • Staff had the opportunity to be involved in professional learning through PLT Meetings, staff meetings, school closure days and off site professional development activities.
  • The Consultative Committee met to consult on issues such as class groupings and Positions of Leadership.
  • Staff met formally with the Principal during the year as part of the Review and Appraisal process and informally at other times.
  • All teachers in Positions of Leadership were given weekly release time and met with the Principal during their time to discuss goals and tasks.
  • School computer network was maintained and upgraded as needed to meet demand.
  • Ongoing upgrading of resources and materials.

 

EXPENDITURE AND TEACHER PARTICIPATION IN PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

DESCRIPTION OF PL UNDERTAKEN IN 2016

All Staff

Preparation for the School Improvement Review x 4 days

Individual Staff

Networks:  ICT, NUMERACY, LITERACY, RELIGIOUS LEADERS, STUDENT WELLBEING, LIBRARY, PRINCIPAL

ICT: - Edutech Conference x 2

CEM – Teaching & Learning

Administrative Officers Conference

Mary Mackillop Colloquium

 

NUMBER OF TEACHERS WHO PARTICIPATED IN PROFESSIONAL LEARNING:  25

AVERAGE EXPENDITURE PER TEACHER FOR PROFESSIONAL LEARNING:       $520

 

School Climate- Staff   2016 Insight –SRC School Improvement Survey Results

              Actual Score  2013    2014    2015    2016    Percentile Raking     %Favourable

Individual Morale         68.17   66.09 75.24    79.21               67.59              96.33

School Morale             62.25   63.75   79.29   86.43               81.48               100.00

Individual Distress       78.00   72.03   75.08   78.03               60.34               84.55

School Distress           59.00   51.04   75.24   81.14               79.30               96.36

Supportive Leadership 50.75 60.00    75.48   80.00               56.99               99.08

Role Clarity                 60.31   60.68   69.05    71.31               35.83               93.18

Teamwork                   60.83   61.11   75.40   81.06               64.44               97.73

Empowerment            42.81   52.60   64.29   74.72               63.33               97.73

Ownership                   57.25   65.63   71.43   73.41               31.11               95.45

Appraisal & Recognition 42.86 49.40 61.90 61.04                 35.13               81.82

Professional Growth   60.25 60.42   72.38   70.68                 43.70               90.91

Work Demands           52.81   48.70   61.01   68.75               80.09               94.32

Student Behaviour      95.83   82.41   85.94   91.20               88.86               96.30

(Classroom)

Student Behaviour      93.33   85.07   89.68 90.91               76.94               100.00

(School)

Student Management 65.25   63.33   71.19   64.09              23.09               89.09

Curriculum Processes 39.58 58.80 67.19      69.44               31.28              90.74

Student Motivation      66.56 74.17   75.94   76.11               49.41               100.00

Respect for Students 82.92   85.42   86.90   86.74               44.18               100.00

Parent Partnerships   62.89 71.18   73.83   69.44                30.29               98.61

Teacher Confidence 67.58   76.74   85.16   84.03               44.12               100.00

Engaging Practice     55.47   69.21   76.30   75.46               45.68               97.22

Quality Teaching       54.69   67.28   76.17   76.04               35.72               100.00

School Improvement 71.88   74.48   86.61   82.39               56.47               100.00

 

Taken from the 2016 Insight –SRC School Improvement Survey Results.

The School Improvement Surveys are key tools that provide the school with data from staff, students and parents to assist in understanding how well our school is operating. The information provided helps our school to improve the people management and work practices that drive staff wellbeing, motivation and performance.

 

TEACHING STAFF ATTENDANCE RATE

Teaching Staff Attendance Rate:         88.05%

STAFF RETENTION RATE

Staff Retention Rate:                          80.95%

 

TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS

Doctorate     0.00%                               Masters       20.00%           Graduate     30.00%

Certificate Graduate         15.00%        Degree Bachelor              80.00%

Diploma Advanced           30.00%         No Qualifications Listed    0.00%

 

STAFF COMPOSITION

Principal Class                                    2

Teaching Staff (Head Count)              25

FTE Teaching Staff                             20.800

Non-Teaching Staff (Head Count)        8

FTE Non-Teaching Staff                       5.160

Indigenous Teaching Staff                   1

School Community

Goals & Intended Outcomes

  • To continue to strengthen connectedness and enhance collaborative partnerships between the school, home, parish and wider community.
  • That students’ learning will flourish as a result of connectedness to their school and the community.

 Achievements

  • Regular extra-curricula social and fundraising events – Multicultural Lunch, School Sports, Christmas Concert & Picnic, Catholic Education Week Open Classrooms, Afternoon Teas, and Inquiry Unit activities.
  • Strong numbers of parents volunteering through the Community and Fundraising Team, School Education Board.
  • Consistent numbers in Parent Helper’s in the Classroom Program.
  • Increased parent participation numbers in school events e.g. End of year Christmas Concert, Multicultural Lunch.
  • Prep Parents invited to attend Morning Prayer.
  • There are opportunities for parents to meet each other, talk to school staff, and to feel connected and supported by each other e.g. Refreshments provided before Prep Information Nights and in the mornings when their Preps begin school, Mothers’ Day & Fathers’ Day Breakfast.
  • Opportunity to attend weekly School Assemblies.
  • A weekly parent morning tea that has become parent run and supported by staff.
  • Continued involvement in the School Education Board’s roles and responsibilities.
  • Continuous improvement of Newsletter format, resulting in increased Newsletter information sharing about curriculum, school events, student work and photos.
  • Development and sharing of a Curriculum Newsletter which gives parents information about learning in each Level in each key area every term.
  • Further development of the school website and the Parents’ & Students’ Lounge.
  • Discussion of School Fees at School Education Board Meetings and subsequent increase of school fees and levies.
  • Community involvement through attendance by School Captains at the Newport Anzac Day Ceremony.
  • Comprehensive school tours were provided for prospective parents.
  • Ongoing links with the Newport community facilities including Library, Newport Lakes, The Substation and local sporting clubs.
  • Weekly story time in the library for toddlers and parents.
  • School involvement in District Sporting events such as Athletics Carnival, Cross Country, Basketball, Soccer and T-Ball.

 

PARENT SATISFACTION  2016 Insight –SRC School Improvement Survey Results

                                  Percentage Favourable

Approachability                    92.93%

Attitude to Survey                82.92%

Behaviour Management       91.24%

Classroom Behaviour           73.63%

Connectedness to Peers      99.28%

Connectedness to School    93.48%

Extra-Curricular                    84.78%

Homework                            78.26%

Learning Focus                    88.59%

Parent Input                         77.54%

Parent Partnerships              84.78%

Reporting                             73.19%

School Improvement            86.41%

Social Skills                          99.28%

Stimulating Learning             92.93%

Student Motivation                86.96%

Student Safety                       83.21%

Teacher Morale                      92.14%

Transitions                              90.22%

Taken from the 2016 Insight –SRC School Improvement Survey Results.

The School Improvement Surveys are key tools that provide the school with data from staff, students and parents to assist in understanding how well our school is operating. The information provided helps our school to improve the people management and work practices that drive staff wellbeing, motivation and performance.

 

Future Directions

The 2017 school year promises to be another exciting and productive year.

We have identified many features of Sacred Heart that we need to maintain because they meet our needs and are part of the fabric of our school. 

We are constantly looking to the future, evaluating what we are doing and looking for ways in which we can improve. 

In 2016 the school undertook the School Improvement Framework which enabled us to formally evaluate our performance over the past 4 years but more importantly has provided us with the long term directions for the next five years.

In the coming years, Sacred Heart will specifically focus on the following projects and initiatives:

  • Religious Education – Assessing and Reporting according the CEM developed standards; prayer and meditation
  • Construction of 2 new GPLA’s
  • A focus on using data more rigorously in Literacy and Numeracy to plan for learning and teaching and improve student outcomes
  • Refinement of our Contemporary Learning and Integrated Inquiry Units in line with the Victorian Curriculum.
  • ICON: Supporting Contemporary Learning in Victorian Catholic Schools to support contemporary teaching and learning. Increased integrated use
Sacred Heart Primary School
4 Newcastle Street
Newport VIC 3015

Tel: (03) 9391 6262
Fax: (03)9391 7041
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