Focus on student well-being

ROBE Primary School students returned to school last week in the heat.

Though it was hot, principal Chris McLay said it had been a good start to the school year.

"We have started with our Quality Start program which we always do for the first two weeks," he said.

"That has been really good for us.

"The focus is student well-being through our KidsMatter program and this year our Quality Start focus is 'feeling great mate'."

Robe Primary School will focus on the KidsMatter social and emotional learning, with education not only being the acquisition of knowledge from an academic point of view but also from a personal management point of view.

"Students need to have strategies and learn ways to look after themselves socially and emotionally but also their own physical well-being as well," said Mr McLay.

"Our Quality Start program is really really important, and will look at such things as class room routines and values and make the link between them all.

"This will finish up at the end of week two with a fun Thursday, parents will join the kids and volunteers and help take various activities."

Mr McLay said the school had started the year with 89 students which was fairly similar to numbers in 2013.

The staffing line-up is also similar with the addition of Nathalie Boulden who has come on as .4 contract teacher.

Mr McLay has also secured his principal position for the next five years.

"I'm looking forward to an exciting and productive year for all sorts of reasons and hopefully a really successful year," he said.

"I am also looking forward to our staff receiving more training and development in relation to the Australian Curriculum implementation.

"The three areas that we are expected to familiarise ourselves with are Humanities and Social Sciences, Languages and the Arts."

Mr McLay also said he was looking forward to experiencing and learning more about the new network of partnerships with schools, the SE Coast and Vines.

"It's really encouraging us to work even more closely with our school community and our local community which I think is important when you live in a small town," he said.

"It is important you connect with the school and local community."

Mr McLay said he was looking forward to also having a closer working relationship with nearby schools.

Progress has also been made on the school's toilet block refurbishment upgrade.

Tenders for the project finish at the end of this week and Mr McLay hoped to see it completed as soon as possible.

"This project is well overdue and has taken a long time so we are really looking forward to that upgrade or refurbishment being completed as soon as it can possibly be," he said.

With a big first term ahead including sports day, swimming, parent/teacher interviews and the annual school Easter fete Mr McLay said the next 11 weeks were going to fly by.

Robe Primary School principal Chris McLay has had a busy first week of school but is looking forward to a fun and successful year.

Robe Primary School principal Chris McLay has had a busy first week of school but is looking forward to a fun and successful year.

Robe Primary School new reception students (from left): back row - Connor McMulan, Charlie Hooper, Joey McKenny, Brodie Dew; third row - Alleria Maczkowiack, Demi Bermingham; second row - Olivia Cheung, James Carroll; front row - Dexter Pryde.

Robe Primary School new reception students (from left): back row - Connor McMulan, Charlie Hooper, Joey McKenny, Brodie Dew; third row - Alleria Maczkowiack, Demi Bermingham; second row - Olivia Cheung, James Carroll; front row - Dexter Pryde.

Robe Primary School new students (from left) Indy Ward, Brook Ward, Hayley Wyllie, Blake Wyllie, Max Robertson and Jesse Robertson.

Robe Primary School new students (from left) Indy Ward, Brook Ward, Hayley Wyllie, Blake Wyllie, Max Robertson and Jesse Robertson.