What interesting but scary times we find ourselves in.
2020 has certainly been unprecedented. As we all transition back from remote learning, it is a good time to stop and reflect on what we have learnt to move forward. Social distancing, good hygiene rules and social norms have all had to be revisited.
We have also had to embrace the use of online platforms for teaching and learning and for communication. This has been quite challenging for some due to the very short time period in which this happened. However, there have been some rich learning experiences that have come out of this period of time. We have embraced and championed the use of Google Classrooms and online learning tutorials from Prep to Year 6 and have had some outstanding results. Well done, everyone.
Once again, we are moving forward and adding to the rich learning history of Norris Bank Primary. Since the establishment of the school at Norris Bank Homestead in 1907, our school has continued to offer the children of Bundoora and surrounding suburbs an innovative education whilst retaining a strong sense of community.
Our School Values continue to lead the attitude and actions of both children and adults in our school community. They are tangible, realistic and child friendly.
Being Kind, Demonstrating Respect, Being Curious and Speaking Up, keep us grounded and real.
We truly believe as a school that these values are paramount to a happy and successful education. Children need to feel safe and happy at school and that was so evident on their faces as they raced through the school gates last week.
Our “Whole School Strategic Plan for 2019 -2022” continues to drive our focus on improved student outcomes both in Reading Comprehension and Numeracy. All our students are bench-marked against state and national averages twice per year in one to one interviews with their teacher. All our staff belong to Professional Learning Communities that create engaging and challenging Learning Tasks based on each child's point of need.
Our focus on inclusion and diversity enables us to work in partnership with families to support the development of creative, caring and problem solving students.
With the rapid pace of change, our studen
ts need the skills and knowledge to be successful, independent learners. They will also need a strong sense of social justice and kindness.
Our vision is for every student to reach their personal goals by developing a teaching and learning program that delivers results. This vision will continue to be reflected in the quality of our professional development processes and our combined will to work together as an advocate for every child that walks into Norris Bank Primary School.