Principal Report

Policy WEL001 – Code of Conduct

Click on this Code of Conduct link

Just a reminder to all members of our community to revisit this policy. This is the policy that you sign when enrolling your child at CHPS. Its purpose is to set out the school’s behavioural expectations of all members of our community including myself, all school staff, parents, students and visitors. It recognises our shared responsibility for ensuring that CHPS is an inclusive, safe and orderly environment for our students.

As stated in the policy “we all have a right to differing views and opinions” however voicing them to other members of our school community in an aggressive manner is not appropriate and sets a questionable example for your children.

 

2018 Enrolments

Throughout term 2, I have had the honour of sharing our school with well over fifty prospective families. These tours have been a huge celebration for me as I get the chance to see our school through their eyes. The feedback has been extremely positive and as such, our enrolments as at June are the highest that they have ever been this early in the year.

It would be appreciated if current families who have children commencing Foundation in 2018 could please lodge their enrolment forms at the office. A considerable number of new families have already enrolled their children for 2018 at CHPS and I will be commencing the workforce planning i.e. teacher placement and the number of grades at the beginning of Term 3. Your cooperation will assist this huge job to run smoothly.

 

School Uniform

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our school community for their support of our revised uniform policy. Our students are looking great and feedback from our Student Leaders and members of the school community is extremely positive.

With all change there is a need to measure its success and call for feedback. School Council was very appreciative of the attendance of a number of parents at our February meeting. In response to and with their input a survey is being formulated and will be made available electronically via Survey Monkey prior to the end of term one. Our aim is to garner an accurate measure of our school community’s opinions on what is an important policy that heavily impacts the wider perception of our school. 

Uniform and its impact for our school has been very much on my mind since term 4 last year. As such I found the article below, which was written by Wilson McCaskill – the author of our wellbeing program “Play is the Way” -  to be an interesting read which I thought worth sharing.

Please note that in any cases where families are facing financial hardship, the school is able to access support through various organisations. If your family requires assistance due to the refinement of the uniform policy please contact Ms Licciardo for support.

 

 

School Uniforms - A Means to Meaning

By Wilson McCaskill

Fostering school loyalty and pride helps students to satisfy a deep seated, if not hard-wired, need to belong. Being a part of something larger than yourself, a part of something that in some significant way defines you, will amplify your sense of self and afford you perspective, attachment and acceptance. Children don’t just go to school, they go to a particular and specific school. We don’t ask them if they go to school. In a society where schooling is compulsory the question is redundant. We ask them which school they go to. In fact, this question is one of the earliest questions we ask children in our first meetings with them. It’s as if, by answering the question, they in some way inform us more fully of who they are. It also in some way suggests (be it true or not) something about the parents and the scholastic aspirations they hold for their child.

Uniforms have for centuries represented belonging, values, traditions and expected codes of conduct. A uniform is a symbol of something beyond the material, stitch work and colours from which it is assembled. If sports clubs are merely places where people play their chosen sport, then they don’t need a uniform. Opposing teams can simply be identified by playing in universally accepted contrasting colours. Black versus white or yellow versus blue – it matters not because belonging does not matter. The clubs stand for nothing and require nothing more from participants than the use of their skills to achieve the desired outcome of the game. But try telling a sports team that their uniform is merely a means to avoid playing naked and with no more meaning than beneficial contrast and I dare say you’re in for an argument. Coaches will remind players of club values and the meaning behind the guernsey before sending them off to pit both skills and strength of character against the opposition.

Can children be proud of going to their particular school? Of course they can.

Can children be loyal to the values of their school? Of course they can.

And if children are proud of their school and loyal to its values, will they inturn want to be identified as belonging to that school? Of course they will.

It takes little to see that a uniform gives children the perfect mechanism to display that sense of belonging and to be seen by others and their peers as the embodiment of their school’s values.

Uniforms are a great leveller. In being the same for all they ask a school population to treat all equally – to see past the illusion of fashion and accessories to the substance of character. Uniforms ask students to better themselves by genuine self-improvement and not by attention seeking adjustments of the uniform. They ask students to stand up and be counted where street clothes ask the wearer to stand out and be seen.

Let us make it that a uniform stands for something, and ask children to understand what it stands for, and accept that by wearing it they stand for something beyond self-interest, beyond complacency and apathy and beyond the thin veil of fashion and popularity. Let us make it that a uniform stands for values, character and that extra something that comes not from going to school but proudly belonging to a specific school, to their school – a school whose name and uniform they will remember all their lives and whose uniform will forever stand for something.