Friday 5 February 2021

Principal's News

National Principles for Child Safe Organisations

Annesley is committed to ensuring we do all that we can to honour the children in our organisation by implementing, with rigour, the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations. The filter of our decision making processes as a School is driven by the question ‘what is best for children?’ Child Safe is a weekly agenda item on our formal and informal meetings, is an agenda item at our monthly Council meeting, is front of mind in our Risk Assessment processes, paramount in our partnerships with external organisations and central in our planning for learning and teaching. As Principal, I am proud to be Annesley’s Senior Child Protection Officer. Children have a genuine voice at all levels of our organisation at Annesley. This is intentional and central to a Child Safe culture.

‘The National Principles collectively show that a child safe organisation is one that creates a culture, adopts strategies and takes action to promote child wellbeing and prevent harm to children and young people. A child safe organisation consciously and systematically:

  • Creates an environment where children’s safety and wellbeing is the centre of thought, values and actions
  • Places emphasis on genuine engagement with and valuing of children
  • Creates conditions that reduce the likelihood of harm to children and young people
  • Creates conditions that increase the likelihood of identifying any harm
  • Responds to any concerns, disclosures, allegations or suspicions of harm

The National Principles for Child Safe Organisation infographic below clearly showcases the 10 Principles. This important information is displayed in prominent locations around Annesley Junior School, including the Front Reception, Principal’s Office and Meeting Space. On the Australian Human Rights Commission website, the Principles are written in ‘child friendly’ language.

  1. All people in the organisation care about children and young people’s safety and wellbeing, and make sure they act that way.
  2. Children and young people are told about their human rights, have a say in decisions and are taken seriously.
  3. Families and communities know about and are involved in the organisation’s child and safety and wellbeing activities.
  4. Everyone is treated with dignity, respect and fairness.
  5. People working with children and young people are suitable and are taught how to keep children safe and well.
  6. Children, young people, families, staff and volunteers are listened to and can share problems and concerns.
  7. Staff and volunteers keep learning all the time so they know how to keep children and young people safe and well.
  8. Children and young people are safe in online and physical spaces.
  9. The organisation keeps reviewing and improving its child safety and wellbeing practices.
  10. The organisation writes down how it keeps children and young people safe and well, and makes sure that everyone can see it

Mathematics at Annesley

At Annesley we believe that a positive Mathematical Mindset is key to our students’ progress in learning.

Children learn to master foundational skills and become confident mathematical thinkers when:

  • we view them, and they view themselves, to be capable Mathematicians
  • they work regularly with a range of mathematical manipulatives and visual models to build strong ‘number sense’
  • they learn to be flexible, creative and fearless in their approach to problem solving,
  • they are given meaningful opportunities to apply their mathematics in real life situations

Our teachers and mentors at Annesley this year are all partaking in online courses developed by Professor Jo Boaler from Stanford University, to further strengthen our consistent practice. These courses explore the latest neurological research into how children learn mathematics, including: how visual mathematics improves performance; how mistakes grow your brain; how your brain operates differently when you believe in yourself; and how anyone can learn to a high level.

You can find out more about Professor Jo Boaler’s work, including resources for parents at the website:

Video: Professor Jo Boaler illustrating the concept of number sense (3mins)

Readings: ‘ Parents’ Beliefs about Math Change Their Children’s Achievement’ & Advice for parents from Professor Jo Boaler

Board of Directors (Students)

New Years Resolutions

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Our School

Student Safety
To ensure our students can arrive and leave our school safely we ask that our community members follow these reminders:

Kiss n’ Drop Zone
Primary students can be dropped off and collected using the Kiss n’ Drop zone each morning between 8.30am and 8.45am and each afternoon between 3.30pm and 3.45pm. A staff member will be there to assist your child. Please remain in your car and move forward to allow other drivers to access the zone behind you. Remember there is NO PARKING in the Kiss n Drop Zone at these times. When leaving please proceed in the easterly direction as U Turns are not permitted over the double lines. So that staff can safely assist students arriving and leaving and also to ease congestion at the Kiss n’ Drop gate, we ask that all other pedestrians and cyclists to please use the main school gate.

Before and After School
Students can not be left unsupervised prior to 8:30am and after 3:45pm. If you require care for your child before or after school then please making a booking at our Out of School Hours Care, OSHC. Students playing after school between 3:30-3:45pm can play up to the creek area. The eastern end of the play spaces are then reserved for sports practices and OSHC. A staff member supervises the western end of the play spaces nearest the Early Years Building.

Adventure Playground
Our newest timber play space, at the far eastern end, has been designed to challenge our older students. This play space is not to be used unsupervised out of school hours.

It is so lovely to see students back in the Library and to see the books flying off the library shelves again. There are so many wonderful new books, and more coming in the next few weeks, something for everyone. If you need help to find a book please don’t hesitate to Sasha, our Librarian.

The hugely successful Scholastic Bookclub will once again be returning to Annesley this year, the first catalogue will be sent home soon. It is an easy, online, cashless ordering system that benefits our school greatly.

The Library is always looking for volunteers to assist with many different aspects in the Library. We are currently looking for someone to run the Book Club, and also need people willing to re-shelve and cover books. If you are interested please email me Sahsa at

If you are looking for something to do with your family during the Adelaide Festival make sure you check out Writers’ Week, in particular Kids’ Day on Saturday 27th February which has a jam-packed program designed for the youngest of book readers. “Kids’ Day on Saturday (27 February) features an all-Australian line-up of some of the brightest names in children’s literature including current Australian Children’s Laureate Ursula Dubosarsky (The Terrible Plop and Brindabella), Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys (Under the Love Umbrella and All The Ways To Be Smart) and Adam Briggs (Our Home, Our Heartbeat).”  For more information please visit the Adelaide Festival website –

Primary Years Bases – Why Do We Call the Classroom a Base?

This is a name to reflect a physical learning space and a group of learners in the Primary Years at Annesley. It reflects the notion that learning happens well beyond the four walls of the traditional classroom. It a ‘base’ that supports many and varied learning journeys throughout the year and it is also a ‘home base’, a place where each student is known, nurtured, mentored and supported.

Primary Years' Learning

Base 4 Video News

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Science Video News - Term 1, Week 2

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Assembly & Chapel

Date Assembly/Chapel Class Presenting
Thursday 11 February Chapel
Thursday 18 February Assembly Year 2 (Bella)
Thursday 25 February Chapel
Thursday 4 March Assembly Year 1 (Sandi)
Thursday 11 March Swimming Lessons
Thursday 18 March Chapel
Thursday 25 March Assembly Year 6/7
Thursday 1 April Sports Day
Thursday 8 April Chapel

A Note from our Chaplain

Courage in the Face of Something New

Annesley Junior School is more than just a place for your child’s education. Annesley provides an invitation into a caring community that promotes an outlook on life which strengthens the individual, together with the whole family. At Annesley, we proudly nurture creativity and curiosity in our young learners. This is incorporated into our Chapels where the children are invited to reflect, explore and inquire around the message they hear. Each Chapel, a “valuable action” phrase is presented which reinforces the value and theme for the month. This short sentence is used as a reminder to help us all put into action the value being presented.

In our first Chapel, we talked about COURAGE, and how courage helps us overcome the fear which says it can’t be done. This value is often needed in large portions at the beginning of the year – for our existing, and new students. We have so many new children and families joining us which is exciting. But it can also be daunting, as there are many new faces, and new friends to meet. However, I have seen huge amounts of courage displayed as the children have adapted and settled in quickly. I have seen courage through the determination to learn new concepts, routines and responsibilities. I’m looking forward to seeing how we all learn, support and grow together, as part of this wonderful community.

Peter Morton
Annesley Chaplain

Staffing Update

We thank Fiona Hodgson for her service to the School as ELC Coordinator over the last 5 years. We wish her every success for the future.

Recruitment will commence next week.

If you have an Early Learning Centre enquiry, please contact

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