Principal's Message

It is an honour to be the Principal of Miles Franklin Primary School, assisting children to reach their academic, social and personal goals. I am privileged to work with skilled staff and highly dedicated and supportive parents and carers, partnering to cater for children's individual needs.

I cannot remember having a start like this before! Fears around fires, air quality, hail and the coronavirus will hopefully be distant memories by the time you read this. However, we are skilled and experienced educators with the full support of the ACT Education Directorate and ACT Government behind us and I am happy to say it was a calm and settled start to the year in the first two weeks of transitioning back into school after the long summer break.

We are delighted to have been granted IB World School status at the end of 2015 offering the Primary Years Programme. We offer education within a global community of schools and educators that has been assessed as meeting a world standard of high quality, challenging, international education. Our children’s ability to think globally and act locally, understand the conceptual, to reflect on their personal strengths and areas for further challenge, to inquire and become more independent in their learning will enhance their opportunities for the remainder of their lives. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org or click on the tab above to ‘Our School’. In 2019 we had our first evaluation report from the IB. This was overwhelmingly positive with commendations across the scope of the assessment for the work we are doing and the outcomes we are achieving.

The strength of our school lies in the close partnership between children, staff, parents and the wider community. Highlights of this close partnership are the annual Miles Franklin Music Festival (34 years this year), the Spring Fete and the P&C running our canteen, uniform shop, music tutoring scheme and out of school hours care program. Children in our school are offered a balanced learning program that supports and nurtures the development of their academic, personal and social well-being. Our pastoral care promotes understanding of the need for individuals to care for, support and value each other within a safe environment. This partnership is vital for the school. Fund-raising last year will assist us to provide a shade and seating area in front of Small Portable as this is the only teaching area where this is not available at this time.

Our Focus areas for 2020 include:

  1. Continuing to embed and strengthen the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme in our school with a focus on integrating Maths inquiry more fully into our units if inquiry. At the start of the year we joined with other PYP and MYP (for secondary schools- the Middle Years Programme) schools across Canberra for our staff to have a range of workshops to differentiate for their interests and growing skills. I was in the workshop ‘Living and Learning Globally’ and it was wonderful studying with a range of our staff and colleagues from across Canberra.
  2. Our Strategic Plan also highlights making the school a more safe and supportive learning environment. To strengthen this we are further developing our Social and Emotional Learning, particularly through building our skills in the IB Approaches to Learning and further embedding the Friendly Schools program.
  3. Our Strategic Plan (2017-2021) focuses on improving our Writing results with children as our final goal of the three strategic areaston.
  4. Continuing to engage parents in their children's learning. Parental support is vital, whether it be in the classroom or at home.

Miles Franklin offers a number of programs that enhance the day to day teaching programs of the school. These include private music tuition; a before and after school care program, and a school holiday program. Miles Franklin is a leader in providing cloud-based learning for our children in Years Three to Six. Children have the chance to be a part of our School Brass Band (Years Five and Six), join our choir or ukulele groups (Kindergarten to Year Six) or to perform in Wakakirri (a dance festival for our Year Three children upwards). Children who need support with reading across the school are offered flexible group sessions where they receive specialist tuition in a small-group setting with one of our two specialist reading teachers. We also have a dedicated teacher for children who have English as an additional language or dialect, a specialist teacher who works with children with additional and diverse needs (along with a team of Learning Support Assistants) a specialist PE teacher, French teacher and two Visual Arts teachers.

I look forward to meeting you.

Chris Jones

M.A. (London); M.Ed. (Deakin)