Dear parents and carers,
It seems astonishing that we have already completed a very productive first term.
The past few weeks have been an enjoyable whirlwind of assessments, carnivals, excursions, assemblies and academic and personal learning for students. Now it is time for students to reflect on how well they achieved their goals this term on academic, attendance or social levels, and decide what their focus will be for the new term ahead. Please make the time over the holiday period to reflect and talk with your child about how they are going at school, both in and out of the classroom. For those who have fulfilled their goals, it is time to set new ones before next term.
We have had a wonderful term of swimming activities. Interm swimming was held for students during weeks 6 & 7, followed by the Interhouse Swimming Carnival Week 7, held on Friday 19 March at the Morawa Town Pool. This was a very successful event. Congratulations to Ruby for winning the House Shield and District Diamonds for winning the Secondary School Shield. Congratulations also to those students who were champions or runner-up champions on the day and to all record breakers.
The Interschool Swimming Team had just as much success at the Interschool Carnival in Carnamah Friday, winning the Handicap Shield and coming a close second place, with several of our students recognised as champion or runner up champion. Well done to all involved on two very successful carnivals. Thank you to our PE Teachers Miss Pearson, and Mr Zwaan and to P & C President and Sports Rep Ms Haylie Cosgrove and Mr Brad Collins for the organisation of the Interhouse Swimming Carnival event. Thank you also to the P&C, staff, parents and volunteers for their support at the carnivals; the Shire of Morawa Pool Manager Sandy Reardon for the use of the beautiful facilities; the Morawa Swimming Club for the use of their Dolphin timer and equipment.
Morawa District High School staff really value and appreciate the willingness of parents and carers to work with us to get the best outcomes for students both inside and outside the classroom. Thank you to those parents and grandparents who have given willingly of their time to be parent helpers in classrooms this term. Parents interested in finding out more specific information about what their child should be achieving for each year level can do so by arranging a meeting with classroom teachers or by looking at the Achievement Standards which can be accessed on the SCSA (School Curriculum Standards Authority) website. Our staff and leadership team value the relationships that we have with parents and carers and it is important that we continue to develop and strengthen this. If you ever have any questions or concerns you would like addressed, please contact the classroom teacher or leadership team as soon as possible.
I would like to thank our P&C for their kind support during the term, for their help with our recent swimming carnivals; their donation to support our literacy, numeracy and sporting programs; as well as their efforts in running our canteen and uniform shop. We truly appreciate their efforts in supporting the school.
School staff will begin reviewing our 2019-2021 Business Plan, together with the School Board, next term. We will begin this work during our next School Development Day on April 19 2021. This will provide key directions for the 2022-2024 Morawa District High School Business Plan Development. Our new Business Plan needs to reflect our Vision Statement of ‘Growing Good People and align to the DOE Focus directions for public schools, Statement of Expectation and the DOE “Building on Strengths” business plan.
Our vision, “Growing Good People” and our motto, Endeavour and Achieve, embodies everything we strive for at our school. We believe in developing the whole child, academically, physically, socially and emotionally, so that they may grow to be successful individuals in whatever field they choose to be. For this to be truly effective we need to take this journey in partnership with parents and students.
The business plan is such an important strategic document that links to our School Improvement and Accountability Cycle and our operational and classroom plans together. After the analysis of school data, in term 3, we will need to start the process of setting our new Priority Areas, Targets and the overall design of the business plan, ensuring it sets the direction of Morawa District High School and everything we wish to achieve as a School Board over the next 3 years.
We are looking forward to continuing with the strategic direction of our school in the next phase of planning. Our 2020 Annual Report is now available for the school community to review on the School’s Online website.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all staff, together with the leadership team for such a strong start to the 2021 academic year. I am very pleased to see the wonderful explicit and targeted teaching happening in classrooms. I would also like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to Mrs Wendy Glassford-Hill for acting as Deputy Principal whilst Mrs Tracy Tapscott has been on leave.
Finally, we would like to invite the school community to our ANZAC service, to be held at the school on Friday 23 April at 9:00am. This will be followed by morning tea to be held in the staffroom at the conclusion of the service.
Term 2 Key start dates
- Monday 19 April is a pupil free day – staff PD day
- School starts for students Tuesday 20 April
- ANZAC Assembly Friday 23 April [week 1]
- Week 2 starts with a Public Holiday Monday 26 April in lieu of [ANZAC DAY]
- NAPLAN – Weeks 4 & 5 for students in Years 3, 5 ,7 & 9
Please refer to our Facebook page for more information and highlights of our wonderful journey through Term 1 2021.
Wishing you all a Happy Easter and a wonderful holiday. I look forward to seeing students return to school on Tuesday 20 April.
1 April 2021
CDHS – 2021 Inter-School Swimming Carnival – CHAMPIONS
|Champion Boy||Lincoln Coaker||Morawa||34|
|Runner Up||Archie Camac||Carnamah||29|
|Champion Girl||Milly Collins||Morawa||29|
|Runner Up||Anlaby Milloy||Morawa||23|
|Champion Boy||Daniel Essers||Carnamah||31|
|Runner Up||Nash Forbes||Morawa||29|
|Champion Girl||Jocelyn Vick||Dongara||26|
|Runner Up||Emmy Toia||Dongara||21|
|Champion Boy||Billy Coaker||Morawa||31|
|Runner Up||Nate Butcher||Dongara||19|
|Frankie Biglands &
|Runner Up||Anna Collins||Morawa||14|
|Champion Boy||Judd Opalinski||Carnamah||39|
|Runner Up||Bruno Levett||Carnamah||21|
|Champion Girl||Evie Chappel||Morawa||39|
|Runner Up||Zoey Suarez||Dongara||13|
|Champion Boy||Cambell Brown||Carnamah||39|
|Runner Up||Beau Willis||Dongara||19|
|Champion Girl||Helen Clayton||Morawa||39|
|Runner Up||Hiranni Hitchcock||Morawa||24|
|Champion Boy||Matthew Olsen||Morawa||39|
|Runner Up||Riley Isbister||Carnamah||21|
|Champion Girl||Grace Butcher||Dongara||39|
|Runner Up||Asha Suarez||Dongara||24|
|Champion Boy||Kai Butcher||Dongara||39|
|Runner Up||Liam Gall||Dongara||18|
|Champion Girl||Jorja Thomas||Carnamah||34|
|Runner Up||Rheydon Mawson||Carnamah||29|
|Champion Boy||Tahj Armstrong||Carnamah||34|
|Runner Up||Kody Kenworthy||Carnamah||21|
|Champion Girl||Emily Traylen-Witt||Morawa||39|
|Champion Boy||James Happ||Dongara||26|
|Champion Girl||Jaylin Kite||Carnamah||29|
|Runner Up||Carla Smith||Dongara||26|
200m Freestyle Medals SCHOOL
|Open Girls||Grace Butcher Dongara|
|Open Boys||Kai Butcher Dongara|
HANDICAP SHIELD POINTS
OUTRIGHT SHIELD POINTS
THIRD PARTY SERVICES INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
Dear Parents and Caregivers
Our school provides access to Department of Education online services. These enhance the contemporary learning opportunities available to students and the range of teaching tools available to staff to deliver the Western Australian Curriculum.
I am writing to seek approval for your child to be given access to these online services.
The Department’s online services currently provide students with access to:
- individual email and calendar accounts;
- the internet, with all reasonable care taken by central office and schools to monitor and control students’ access to websites while at school;
- online teaching and learning services such as Connect, web-conferencing and digital resources;
- online file storage and sharing services; and
- these online services at locations other than school.
Please note that while every reasonable effort is made by schools and the Department to prevent student exposure to inappropriate online content when using Department provided online services, it is not possible to completely eliminate the risk of such exposure.
You should be aware that the Department has the right to review, audit, intercept, access and disclose messages created, received or sent over Department online services. Logs of email transactions and internet access data are kept for administrative, legal and security purposes and may be monitored. Similar to other corporate records, emails and internet access records are discoverable in the event of legal action and are subject to provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1992. (www.foi.wa.gov.au)
You should also be aware that general internet browsing not conducted via the Department’s network is not monitored or filtered by the Department. The Department encourages close family supervision of all internet use by children in locations other than school, and strongly recommends the use of appropriate internet filtering software. Advice on managing internet use at home can found on the Office of the E-Safety Commissioner website (www.esafety.gov.au/iparent).
If you agree to your child using these online services, please click on the link below and complete the information on the following pages and then click submit ASAP. This will enable students to continue to access all school services.
NB: These permissions also apply to Photo Hendricks, who will be in the school on Thursday 18 February for school photos. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
‘Growing Good People’
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Great start at Morawa District High School
We are excited and grateful to be open Week 1 of Term 1 to welcome all students and families to the beginning of a new school year at Morawa District High School, during these challenging and devastating times for some parts of Western Australia, due to the bush fires and pandemic. Our thoughts are with those affected.
Thank you to all parents who have sent their children back to school wearing the school uniform, it is wonderful to see our students dressed in their black and gold or black and white clothing. The students and staff have settled into classroom routines very quickly and the school is happily humming with positive energy. Congratulations to all students for a fantastic start and for completing some amazing work over this last week. We are looking forward to a wonderful school year.
Welcome new staff to Morawa District High School
We have also been fortunate to retain the majority of our staff from 2020 and delighted to welcome Miss Amber Ritchie [Year 5/6 Teacher] and Miss Alisha Madurun [School Psychologist], to our team. Please join them in welcoming them to our community.
COVID-19 Operating Guidelines
We were very fortunate to open on the first day of Term 1 and will continue to follow the latest health advice as it is issued.
The safety of our staff and students is obviously a priority and extra cleaning and hygiene measures will continue. The latest health information is available through WA Health Department.
Just a reminder about a few protocols –
- 5m adult social distancing
- Ongoing day cleaning and good hygiene practices remain a priority in 2021.
- Students are to bring full water bottles [water fountains are only to be used to fill up water bottles]
- Hand hygiene is a priority – students are reminded to hand sanitise and wash their hands regularly throughput the day
- Ongoing cleaning of the classrooms and playgrounds will occur throughout the day
Every Day Counts 100% Attendance
A reminder to all students and families that every day counts at school. If students miss one day every for a fortnight by Year 9 students have missed a whole year of learning. The effect of absence accumulates over time. Academic achievement, not only in the current year, but in future years, is severely affected and impacts on individuals learning for life. We are going to have a stronger focus on attendance this year and support students and families at risk in as many ways as possible to come to school every day. We are celebrating the 100% attendance winner’s each week at assemblies and look forward to improving our overall regular attendance. If you require assistance to get your child to school, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Parent Information Sessions
Parent information sessions are being held on Wednesday 10 February. This is a great opportunity for parents to meet their childrens’ teachers and learn about individual teacher and classroom expectations. The following session timetable will be in place for students in Years K – 7.
- 50-2.10pm: Kindy / Pre-primary Kollmann K/P Building
- 10-2.30pm: Year 3 / 4 Miss King/Mrs Atkinson Room 11
- 30-2.50pm: Year 1 / 2 Miss Katona Room 13
- 50-3.10pm: Year 5 / 6 Miss Ritchie Room 10
- 30-2.50pm: Year 7 Mrs Thomlinson Room 3
All other Secondary Teacher will be available to meet with in the Library for subject specific information. Individual Teacher Information Sessions for Years 8-12 can be booked between 2.30-3.10pm by contacting the front office on 99712500. Please see the information below regarding secondary subjects and teachers.
- Mrs Tomlinson – Year 7 Form Teacher / HASS Years 7-10 / Year 7 Maths Room 3
- Miss Pearson: Physical Education Years PP-12 / Year 8 Science/ Primary Science/ Year 10 Health, Physical Education Studies
- Mrs Inbaseelan: Year 9 Form, Year 7-12 Art / ICT/
- Mrs Henderson: Year 10 Form Teacher / 8-12 English
- Ms Jones: Year 11/12 Form Teacher / Design &Technology Wood & Metal/Home Economics/Year 5/6 D&T
- Mrs Bond: Years 8-12 Mathematics/Year 7 Science
- Mrs Haeusler: Music Years K-12 / Year 4-12 Guitar/Choir
- Mrs Walter: Brass Instrumental Years 5-12
- Mr Zwaan: Year 9 & 10 Science / Physical Education / Health/ Year 7/8 Maths Support
- Mrs Atkisnosn: Year 7-9 English support
If you are unable to attend these sessions, we encourage you to make contact with your child/childrens teachers to make a suitable time to meet. All Classroom Information Booklets will be available on Connect after next Wednesday.
We are looking forward to Years 1-7 swimming lessons in held from 8 March – 18 March at the Morawa Pool. We will send home all permission notes and information shortly.
The Interhouse Swimming Carnival is being held at the Morawa Pool on Friday 19 March. The Interschool Swimming Carnival is being held in Carnamah on Friday 26 March.
Student statements will be sent home to parents and guardians in Week 3. We look forward to your early payment so you can utilize the early payment discount and your child can benefit from the access to many consumables and resources this enables us to purchase. Please note these are available to pay in person at the school administration office.
I look forward to meeting with you all over the coming weeks.
Mrs Tonia Carslake
“Growing good people”
- Respect –
- We treat others with consideration and respect.
- Responsibility –
- We are accountable for our own actions, resolving differences in constructive, peaceful ways; we contribute to society and we take care of the environment.
- Achievement –
- We have high expectations of students and staff and endeavour to achieve our best.
The Business Plan 2019 – 2021, builds on the strengths of our previous Business Plan and our successful three year cycle as an Independent Public School. It brings together system expectations as described in the “Strategic Plan for WA Public Schools 2016-2019: High Performance-High Care” and the Focus Directions for Schools. Our Business Plan identifies four school priorities, which are integral to our day-to-day work and to making a real difference to the lives of our students.
- PRIORITY 1: Success for all students
- PRIORITY 2: High quality teaching
- PRIORITY 3: Effective leadership
- PRIORITY 4: Strong governance and support
BIGGER PICTURE EDUCATION FOR PARENTS
The latest phase of the Bigger Picture Education campaign focuses on providing information to the community by talking directly with parents and engaging them through interesting and relevant stories so they are aware of and understand the changes taking place in our schools.