Over the past week it has been my privilege to present certificates and awards to students from all phases of learning in recognition of their hard work and dedication across 2019. Presentation and award evenings provide students with an opportunity to reflect on the year gone by and to consider the road ahead. In my various speeches at these events I have asked students to consider the positive and challenging moments that make up school life, the friendships that they have made or consolidated and the events in which they have participated. It is my hope that all students can look back on this past year with a sense of pride and achievement knowing that they have given 2019 their best shot. I congratulate all award winners for their excellent performances across 2019 and I sincerely thank all students for their contributions to Peter Moyes Anglican Community School; you truly make our school such a special place to teach and to learn.

Parents and Friends Association

At the final Parents and Friends (P & F) Committee Meeting for 2019 the P & F levy was discussed and debated. I am pleased to report that the P & F have decided to further reduce the P & F Levy for 2020. The 2020 Levy has now been reduced to $150.00. Parents can claim a Levy Rebate for up to 6 hours of volunteer help within the School. Each hour of assistance given equates to a $20 rebate. Over the year you can earn a rebate of up to 80% of the total Levy of $150 (i.e. up to $120) by volunteering your time and helping within the School community. Further details regarding the Levy reduction have been sent by the P & F to all families.

The P&F are also seeking applications for the 2020 Committee and would like all parents to consider applying for the various positions. By nominating for a P&F Committee role, you will be able to actively participate in furthering the interests of the children, parents & guardians within the School community. Being a committee member will also enable you to redeem all your rebatable levy hours for the year. All meetings are held outside of working hours so these roles are also suitable for parents who have work commitments. Details regarding the nomination process will be sent to all families in the coming weeks.

Strategic Plan

I am delighted to announce that the School’s new Strategic Plan, which further places students at the forefront of what we do, has now been finalised. The 2020 Strategic Plan will guide the direction of the School for the next five years, setting key targets and a solid foundation for all operational decisions. Three Key Focus Areas for the new plan have been identified:

•           Passionate, Inspirational Teaching and Learning;

•           Being Compassionate, Courageous and Contributing; and

•           Innovative Collaboration - Local, National and Global

Each Focus Area has clearly defined strategies and projects that will be prioritised in the years ahead. I would like to thank all staff, students and parents who contributed to the development of the new plan which has been 18 months in the making. A snapshot of the new plan is below, with the full plan set to be released to all families at the start of next year.

Click here to view the Strategic Plan snapshot.

Festive Season

As this is the final edition of the School Newsletter for the year, I would like to extend my special thanks to Stephanie Puttick, for her significant work in preparing and editing the School Newsletter in 2019. Stephanie does a wonderful job in capturing and collating the multitude of activities that occur across the School and the community. I would also like to wish all School families the compliments of the Season. May God’s Peace be with you all as we head towards a well-earned break.  To all students, stay safe and take care over the holidays.  We look forward to seeing you refreshed and invigorated in 2020, ready to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of our school.

Every Blessing.

Benjamin Lomas