Welcome to the 2019 school year – especially to our new Foundations students and their family, as well as to all new students and staff. The year has been very much a start of mixed emotions for our community. We have the excitement that comes with the beginning of any new school year – meeting new teachers, seeing old friends and anticipating new learning and special events.
As the new substantive principal, I cannot thank Graeme enough for the support, encouragement and enthusiasm that he has shown to me. Through conversations with staff, students and community, as well as my own interactions with him, I know that Graeme has been a dedicated and passionate leader, who has made a positive impact on all of the students who have passed through the school. I would sincerely like to wish Graeme well in his retirement and thank him for the years of dedication he has shown to Templestowe Valley. We will miss having his vibrant and visionary leadership at the school, but know that he will leave a lasting legacy that will always be an important part of the ongoing Templestowe Valley story. The good news is that we will still continue to see Graeme. He has kindly offered to help with the maintenance of our buildings and grounds. His enthusiasm and expertise in this area is very gratefully received.
I am very proud, pleased and excited, (and a little nervous as I have some very big shoes to fit into!!), to take up the position of Principal at Templestowe Valley PS. Let me tell you a little about myself. My name is Alison Rees. I have invited our students to call me either Ms Alison or Ms Rees – either title is perfectly fine by me. To all our community members, please call me Alison.
I have been in education for more than 30 years and have taught and been a leader in a broad range of roles and variety of schools. I started teaching in the Latrobe Valley – Morwell and Moe, then returned to Melbourne and have worked in eastern suburbs schools. I’ve been Head Teach-er at a school of 7 students, and most recently was the Assistant Principal of Mount View PS; a school of more than 1150 students. I’ve been both a classroom teacher across all year levels, as well as specialist teacher in a variety of roles. My area of interest, research and expertise has been in teaching and learning; in the design and implementation of curriculum that is developmental, engaging, relevant, challenging and significant for each child. I have an absolute belief in the capacity and potential of children and in the need for learning to be differentiated to their needs, capabilities and interests. I look forward to seeing the growth and development in each and every child.
We have had a tremendous start to the year and the children have settled into their new classes extremely well. The little Preps and their beaming smiles are lighting up the school. At the start of last week, staff members were involved in the start of the year professional learning program and embraced this with enthusiasm. It was wonderful to work alongside one another and set the direction for 2019. I would also like to acknowledge and thank the staff for the days they spent at school preparing for the new school year.
A very special thank you to Mrs Anne Ellenby. Anne’s knowledge, expertise and support has been phenomenal over the last few weeks as I’ve asked hundreds of questions and prefaced most sentences with, “Do you have a minute?” which normally means, “Do you have half an hour!!!” Her patience has been boundless! Her smile warm and genuine. We are indeed fortunate to have such committed and professional staff members at Templestowe Valley PS.
On that first day, the staff began discussions around the concept of unity and how we might develop a real sense of this within the Templestowe Valley Primary School community. The school’s vision and values statements provide us with the keystones that unite us and I encourage all members of our community to reflect on these important statements.
Templestowe Valley Primary School strives to provide an innovative and engaging learning experience, which pro-motes individual excellence and develops social responsibility. We aim to instil a lifelong love of learning through meaningful and challenging activities, within a safe and caring environment. TVPS endeavours to deliver best practice teaching methods, empowering student learning through programs that encourage our students to become self-motivated, successful and active global citizens.
Templestowe Valley’s philosophy reflects the values of Honesty, Acceptance, Responsibility and Respect. Our shared values and common language set out expectations for all stakeholders in our school community.
And remember that our school motto is: Aim High.
We will be discussing the concept of unity with the children and I look forward to an amazing, rewarding and productive year.