Principal’s Report – June 2016

Community Feedback
It is always very pleasing to receive parent and community feedback about how the school is performing. Recently we have received feedback from several members of the community regarding the behaviour of students outside of the school, it is pleasing to report that the majority of comments are congratulating students on their positive behaviour.

Student and Staff Wellbeing
Everyday Leader is an organisation focused on offering social and emotional learning programs for high school students. Their goal is ‘to empower young people to be the best authentic version of themselves’. The Everyday Leader program is being implemented at Lynwood SHS for the first time by Kelly Michael (Everyday Leader Director of Programs) and her team of staff. This brand new program consists of 12 hours of workshops delivered each year from Year 7 to Year 12s, building on knowledge and skills from one year to the next. At this point our students and staff have identified their signature strengths, learnt about mindsets, mindfulness and skills for managing stress. We are very fortunate to be the first school where this program is being implemented. It links in with our priority of Student Wellbeing and the staff development program, Mind Matters. The aim is for all staff and students to learn and use the Everyday Leader skills at school, at home, in their local community and globally. We are aiming for our students to be better prepared and ‘flourish’ in their future lives. This is a long term partnership and commitment between LSHS and the Everyday Leader program.

We have several teams competing in the Global Corporate Challenge. The GCC is a DoE initiative focusing on the health and wellbeing of staff, the GCC is also a worldwide challenge. Interested staff members have been supplied with pedometers, which has created healthy competition and camaraderie between our staff.

Home Economics Upgrade
The upgrade to our Home Economics department is well under way, each of the three rooms are being completely refurbished with the installation of new stoves, desks, cupboards, flooring etc. The upgrade is scheduled to be completed by the end of June.

Parent Evenings
Lynwood SHS has had a number of parent information sessions recently; these include the Year 10 Information Evening, Year 7- 2017 Information Afternoon and Year 6 Parent School Tours and the Public Parent Forum. Thank you to those parents who have taken the time to attend these sessions on some very cool afternoons and evenings.
This term we welcome Joanne Power who has taken up our Manager of Corporate Services position while Christine Bone is on leave. We also welcome Liesl De Vries in Home Economics, Liesl has replaced Vidhu Karolia who will be on leave for the remainder of 2016. I would especially like to thank both Michele Walker and Jo Willesee for a job well done, both stepping into the role of Principal while I was on long service leave in May.

Cyber Safety Presentations
Paul Litherland (a former police officer in Technology Crime Unit) has presented to all year groups except Year 10s. The Year 10s will attend the presentation in Term 4, 2016. The presentation was very well received by students and staff and has been booked for 2017.
Mini EaLS
The mini EaLS program is in its third week. Eight of the top achieving Year 5 students from Brookman, Bannister Creek and Parkwood primaries were nominated by their teachers for the Mini EaLS program. The students are enthusiastic and excited about being on campus. Teachers involved this term are; Craig Foster, Allison Taylor & Gordon Traynor. The focus for this term is all things oceans.
The AUSLAN signing club commenced in Term 2 and meets Friday at lunch time. The club is open to both students and staff, we have also had several parents attend the Auslan sessions, the sign language for the Deaf. The AUSLAN club is coordinated by our sign interpreter and Education Assistant Cheryl Kirby.

Breakfast Club
The cold mornings are having quite an impact on our Breakfast Club, Loreto and her team of volunteers have been noticeably busier providing breakfast to students. Breakfast consists of hot and cold milo, toast and cheese, bean or spaghetti toasties and is available to all students Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 7.50am to 8.45am.
We sincerely thank Nisha and Olivia from the City of Canning Youth and Family Services for their continued support.

Andrew Jack