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.
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. This year is significant in our IB journey as we look forward to completing our self study project ready for our re-authorisation visit in Term Three.
Miles Franklin School was established as a learning community in 1980. Parents, teachers and children came together to name the school after Stella Miles Franklin, who is most noted for her work 'My Brilliant Career'. A long lasting tradition was set. The current community upholds the tradition of Miles Franklin through the annual whole school celebration of Miles Franklin's birthday and a Kindergarten to Year Six Brilliant Writers competition with awards for both English and French entries. As an IB school we value additional languages and we are proud French has been our second taught language since 1988.
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 helped to build our Kindergarten deck and build our COLA (Covered Outdoor Learning Area). These and the many other infrastructure projects, such as the new toilets by the hall and the seats under the COLA, continue to enhance the learning and sense of pride in our school.
Miles Franklin is a school of choice with the majority of our students residing outside our Priority Enrolment Area. Parents value our emphasis on academic rigour, the range of programs offered and the mutual support we give each other in building and sustaining the school community.
Our Focus areas for 2019 include:
- 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. This includes one day of professional learning for all staff on the enhanced PYP, our annual induction day of training for staff new to the PYP and two days of professional learning on Local and Global Inquirers.
- Our Strategic Plan (2017-2021) also focuses on improving our Writing results with children.
- 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 the further embedding of the Friendly Schools program.
- 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 Threes 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 Visual Arts teacher.
I look forward to welcoming you and your child/children to our wonderful school and working with you to provide quality learning programs.
M.A. (London); M.Ed. (Deakin)