School Board August Update
After a break over the school holidays the Board were keen to get stuck into our first Board meeting for Term 3.
We had a lively discussion around school dress code and feel it is well summed up by this statement from Noel:
“As you know Southern Montessori School has a Dress Code Policy https://www.southernmontessori.sa.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/School-Dress-Code-Policy-2017.pdf
When signing our Enrolment Agreement, families are accepting the school’s policies and procedures and agreeing to support them. I thank you for this support.
Occasionally reminders are needed about this and the Dress Code is one of these areas.
We have this policy because it reduces competition, gives a sense of identity and is generally easier for families. When a child regularly wears clothing other than that specified in our policy it undermines other families who are following the policy – ‘why do I have to wear this when….. in my class wears other clothes?’
It is especially important to wear the correct coloured school top.
I thank you on behalf of our Board of Governors for your adherence to this policy.”
We discussed ways to make the second-hand uniform shop more accessible – it’s a great way to restock your uniform needs and recycle items that your child may have outgrown.
Ray and David gave a comprehensive report on our current financial standing and were able to provide some insight into school upgrades and some exciting improvements coming in 2020.
Kelly’s report from the P&F was also positive with a very successful Inflatable World event and Casual Day run in Term 2. The CRC will now determine how to use the funds raised from these events.
The P&F’s Entertainment Book fundraiser was also successful.
In Term 3 the P&F will offer the school disco on September 13th and Casual Day on September 27th.
During discussions about the current Strategic Plan we considered our school’s “value proposition”, described as – “the value a company promises to deliver to customers, what benefits they provide. It is intended to make a company attractive to customers and attract them to you rather than your competitor. Helps the business focus on its primary goals and mission.” With this in mind we’re assessing how we’re presenting Southern Montessori to the local community and prospective families so we make sure we are standing out from the crowd and attracting the right students.
As part of the Middle School report we heard about completed new signage, an improved transition program and an accessible overview of Middle School events. On Friday 16 August ABC Life visited the Middle School and Kalyra to film a story on Intergenerational Connections. The producer Rani has said that the short series will explore the mutual benefits of creating intergenerational connections between aged care residents and younger people.
There has been ongoing conversations around flu shots for our Middle School students and it has been agreed that we will undertake this for the first time prior to Winter 2020. We discussed options and right practices for First Aid training and certification of Middle School students and will continue to work to find the best option to suit our needs.
During this meeting we also reviewed and ratified our Social Media Policy and Mobile Phone Policy.
Our final piece of business was forming a committee to oversee the appointment of our incoming principal. Applications are currently open for the role and we are prepared to move through the process as diligently and efficiently as possible so we can foster a real sense of connection with the successful candidate as we move towards a new school year.
If you have any questions or concerns about anything discussed here please speak to any of our board members.