It is that time when planning for the next school year becomes high on the agenda.
An important aspect of this is the class structures and placement of students. This is a challenging task and one where we do our very best to make the best decisions possible for all the students. The teachers do engage with the students for feedback into this process. We also extend an invitation for parents to also be involved where there is an educational reason to do so. The protocol is for parents to contact the current teacher(s) to discuss the educational reasons so the teacher is fully aware of the current circumstances that may influence the student placement for the following year. I would ask these conversations, if needed, occur in the next two to three weeks.
As a reminder, the students participate in a transition afternoon on the Tuesday in the last week of term where they move to their classroom and be with their teacher(s) for next year. Parents receive a letter on that afternoon with the details of their class and teacher(s). For privacy reasons we are unable to provide a class list. It is our policy that if there is an issue where your child is placed then the reasons should be put in writing. I will make contact where required to work through the issues to make the best decision possible.
The next step in the planning process is that placement of the teachers to classrooms and specialist programmes. Parents are informed of our staffing in the last week of the term after the transition afternoon.
It is our practice to send home an Information pack containing all the relevant planning and administrative details for the following year. This pack is sent home on the Monday of Week 8 with response sheets returned before the end of the school year. Part of the information outlines any changes or projects to be implemented.
In recent weeks, we have engaged the Nativity and Campus community in surveys to seek your feedback with what is working well and challenges for the future. Many thanks for your input into the surveys which are now closed. The responses are being summarised and discussed at various levels across Nativity and Campus. A report of the trends coming from the feedback will be published in the Campus newsletter that is circulated later in the term. The feedback has been most affirming and also identifies some challenges where changes are needed. More information will follow once the decisions have been finalised through the respective governing bodies.
This time of the year is always a busy and interesting time of the year. Our aim is to have the necessary structures and plans in place to have Nativity recognised as place of excellence.