The Teacher Development Schools (TDSs) initiative acknowledges that teachers learn best from other teachers. TDS's share their expertise and classroom innovation across schools, networks and professional learning communities. Teachers and schools can access a range of practical support for whole school planning, teaching, learning and assessment.

Mindarie Primary School has been selected as a Teacher Development School in Mathematics and English for 2016-2017. A Board of teachers has been created, led by Mrs Appleton (Mathematics) and Mrs Bewick (English). Together, they will provide Professional Learning opportunities for staff at Mindarie and across other schools and networks. An online network has also been created for us to assist schools in regional areas.

This exciting opportunity is valuable in promoting the amazing work that all staff at Mindarie do. We look forward to further developing and fostering excellence in Mathematics and English in our school.







As this is my first news item since commencing as Principal of Mindarie Primary in January of this year I make the following, extremely genuine observation that this is truly a very unique school to work in. The behaviour of the students is to be commended. They consistently demonstrate manners and consideration of others; holding doors open for each other and adults, politely greeting each other, inquiring after each other's wellbeing and so forth. It makes coming to work each day a pleasure as we are blessed to be in such company.

The staff are extremely dedicated. We have a beautiful environment to work in, cared for by all. Our cleaners work tirelessly and often in their own time to make sure the environment is clean, safe and welcoming. Our gardener is always willing to apply himself to any task, the Administration team members are welcoming and positive and the staff working directly with our children are amazing.

The enthusiasm of our parent body, whether it be the P&C, the School Board or parents in classrooms is amazing. Tuesday mornings in the staff room are always very busy, with P&C helpers preparing for special days and events. Our School Board truly reflects the diversity of our school community and is very dedicated in its endeavours to ensure that our school continues to be a school of excellence. Yesterday evening several members of our School Board; Mel Cook, Kath Gilbert, Alex Hodgson and Dawn Bartholomeusz freely gave up three hours of their time to attend school board training at Roseworth Primary in Girrawheen. The purpose of this training was to highlight the important role the board plays in the operation of an Independent Public School. In addition it also provided further information regarding the autonomy that we have as an IPS school, something I am sure we will be further exploring at the next board meeting.

Documents that we have recently uploaded to our website are our annual school report for the 2013 school year and the recently completed Independent Public School Review carried out by the Department of Education Services. I would urge parents to read both documents as they capture very important aspects of our school. In particular the IPS Review is a document to be celebrated as it was written by external reviewers who based their findings on a raft of information presented by parents, students and staff at the school.


Mindarie is an ‘Allergy Aware School’ as are most schools in the state. We can not ban allergens (nuts, eggs, milk etc) from lunch boxes as it is impossible to enforce a ban with over 800 children in this school. Children who suffer these allergies each have an individual action plan with a photograph and explicit actions for all staff to carry out, should action be needed. Epi-pens (injecting device for the delivery of adrenalin) are stored where necessary and should there be a problem staff have been trained in their use. We encourage parents to be aware that we do have children who can suffer a severe anaphylactic shock at our school.

Just for your interest, please find this on the web and look at what happens should a susceptible child be exposed to an allergen (A look will tell you a thousand words). We encourage parents and staff to consider the use of allergens and to use alternatives.

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