From the Principal

Dear Families,


Thank You afternoon tea: Reminder that our “thank you” afternoon tea is set down for 3pm tomorrow in the Staff Room. We have changed the venue due to the predicted weather conditions. We would love the opportunity to thank all parents and relatives who have assisted in our school throughout the year at this time. The time and effort that is so freely given to our school, students and staff is a real strength.

Final Assembly: As reported due to the predicted heat wave the final assembly will be held at 9.15 on Friday. The remainder of the day will be as normal and children will be dismissed at 2.30. If you are taking your children home after this assembly they must be signed out as usual.

Graduation: Last night we celebrated 7 Years of Primary Education with our 2019 Year 6 Graduation. This is also an event where we thank children and families for their contribution to our school. The children both reflected on their time at Chilwell and spoke of their future. The opportunity to share these moments are special for staff and families. We are all proud of the children we have at Chilwell.  Thank you to Jason and Stephanie who organised, practised, supported and cheered on our students. Howard Dandy taught the children the dances, and to the parents who decorated the rooms, please accept my thanks.


School Captains 2020: Congratulations to our school captains for 2020.

Semester 1

Captains:                      Jade Barwick and Aaron Pitout

Vice Captains:               Charli Keenan and Max Sleep.


Semester 2

Captains:                      Violet Gilby and Will McColl

Vice Captains:               Eliza Vague and Alex Jelenko


We all look forward to their leadership of our school community.


Lost Property: We have a large amount of lost property crying out for an owner! These are currently in the bag room outside 4EH and will be on display after school outside the canteen on trestles


Holidays: Over the holiday period we encourage as many of our families as possible to utilise the grounds. Please be vigilant if you see any misuse of the facilities. If you are uncomfortable reminding people of the correct manner in which to use our grounds, please ring the police who will assist.


Staff: At this time of the year we are unfortunately in the position of bidding farewell to some staff. This is caused by a number of factors but we are extremely fortunate to have the high quality staff at Chilwell.

Peter Dearnley: Peter has indicated his intention to retire from teaching after 30 years at Chilwell.

Chris Gregory will not be re-joining us in 2020. Chris is seeking opportunities elsewhere.

Kelly Jelenko will also not be on staff in 2020.

We sincerely thank these teachers for their dedication to education, our students and our

community. As I have stated the calibre of our staff is a definite strength.


Moving: With the building reaching its conclusion we are regaining more of our play space. We are planning to move into the new rooms and relocate classes this Thursday and part of Friday (Naturally this will be weather dependant). We are hopeful of being allowed to move into the Stage 2 space on Thursday. This date remains in the hands of the builders.


Christmas: Once again, the end of the school year has “snuck” up on us! It has been an extremely busy year for parents, students and staff. Could I take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank all our families for the wonderful support which our community freely gives.

A real strength of this school is the amount of time and effort we all put into the children and their development. We have a great group of children who are active learners and are well on the way to being constructive and positive influences on our community. This is not easy and requires all to provide support and a nurturing environment in which each child can reach their potential. Thank you to Mums, Dads, Grandparents, Relatives, friends and all who have supported this journey. As last night’s Graduation reflects, it has been a very fruitful and fun filled journey.


First day 2020: The first day for our classes Prep to 6 is Wednesday January 29th. The Preps for 2020 will join us on this day, which is not the usual beginning of the year, this is due to the scheduling of a curriculum day on the Friday of the first week. This has come about due to the availability of our presenter for the Friday. The date was the only suitable one available to us.

For our students we will try to make the beginning of the day as normal as possible 8.55am first bell will go which is the signal to take bags into classrooms. The 9 o’clock bell will signal the start of the day.


Gavan Welsh

Principal Chilwell Primary School.


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