Principal's News

FUNDING

As most of you will have heard by now Coburg North Primary received $6,711.000 in the recent state budget announcements for development of our school. Even though we have been working very hard towards gaining this funding over the past two years it was a huge surprise to actually be named in the budget. This funding will assist in providing state of the art facilities for our students. Plans are on display in the school office.

There are many people to thank who contributed to this positive outcome. It has truly been a team effort with staff, school council and members of parliament working in the best interests of our students.

It was a previous school council president Blair Hocking who got the ball rolling by approaching new elected State Parliamentarian Lizzie Blandthorne about school council concern around rising enrolments and facilities. Lizzie promptly arranged to attend a school council meeting and discuss the challenges facing our school. In 2016 we were visited by James Merlino the Education Minister followed by Tim Pallis the Treasurer. These parliamentarians were delivered a highly professional presentation put together and delivered by school councillors Owen West, Benjy Lee, Sebastian Furness   and Jo Harrison. Jo and Benjy and myself were in ongoing contact with Lizzie throughout the campaign. Lizzie has been a staunch advocate for our school and our need to improved facilities. We cannot thank her enough for her support.

The remainder of 2017 will see planning finalised and a builder employed to commence a carefully staged construction in 2018. It is anticipated that 18 months will see the project completed.

 

 

OPEN DAY

Please don't forget to mark Open Day 24th May in your diary. The school will be open to the community all day to observe and work alongside our students in their classes. We will be running our normal programs so visitors view what an ordinary school day at Coburg North Primary looks like. Students are excited when their immediate and extended family take the time to visit on this day. Your child will be bringing home a timetable for that day so you may select which sessions and grades you would like to visit.

 

PARENT GRADE REPRESENTATIVES

We are very pleased how this pilot program is running so far this year. Some Parent Grade Reps are still struggling to gain access to all parent details. If you have not given permission for this person to have your details and still wish to do do please fill in the form and return it to the grade teacher.

 

FAMILY GARDENING DAY

Our Family Gardening Day was a great success last Sunday with many areas of the school receiving a much-needed tidy up. The outdoor classroom on the oval was completed with the planting of trees and shrubs.

I would like to thank the school council Buildings, Grounds and Development committee for organising this day. Thank you to the many families who turned up to complete some much need work. There are too many people to thank personally. Some tasks were none too glamorous but were done in great spirit. Thank you to staff members Kyla Mamic and Debra Davis who joined the families on this day. Two more Family Gardening days are planned this year on 30th July and the 15th October.

 

 

ANZAC SERVICE

Thank you to our school captains for representing our school at the Anzac Service at Pascoe Vale RSL memorial on Sunday 31st April. I was very proud of the way they represented our school and participated in this service. Thank you to their families for giving up their Sunday morning to bring them.