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Well, here we are halfway through the term and I have yet to introduce myself!

My name is Louise Burke and I have been appointed to Hillman Primary School as principal for the remainder of this year. My background in education covers regional, remote and metropolitan schools. I have taught at a primary, secondary and university level and have qualifications in both primary and special education. I have also worked in central office and regional offices. But the most important qualification I have (if you consider it a qualification) is that I enjoy working with children.

We are still under Phase 4 of the COVID-19 restrictions. This means that while the school can resume most of its usual activities, when it comes to adults on school grounds we are still to maintain social distancing. This is the reason that there have been no assemblies. It is still important for parents to drop children off at the gates or at the classroom door if possible. Parents are asked to not go into classes and if you need to speak with your child’s teacher, please contact the Front Office who will pass your message on to the necessary member of staff. We continue to reinforce good hygiene with the children.

I have seen some lovely work in the last five weeks and especially in the Science Week display in the Front Office last week. Thank you to all students and teachers involved in the work and to Ms Williams for the time and effort put into putting together the display. Another big thank you as well to Ms Hill (Science Specialist Teacher) for the wonderful activities she ran with the children for Science Week. I saw some fantastic dioramas when I visited the Science Room last week.

As we have not had any assemblies this term students have not been getting Honour Certificates. I have decided that we will still go ahead with Honour Certificates weekly to catch-up. So on Friday for the next 5 weeks I will be visiting classes to hand out certificates to students who have earned them. I already started this and visited all classes to hand out certificates last Thursday (August 20) and I am really looking forward to doing it again this week.


Louise Burke


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