CLASS STRUCTURES and TEACHING STAFFING
Kindy: Mrs Michelle Markham
Pre-Primary/Year 1: Mrs Ann Westerink
Year 2/3: Mrs Joanna Goforth
Year 4: Mr Brent Parsons
Year 5/6: Mrs Viv Sellers
Secondary ( Yr 7-10) Specialist & Primary Support:
Art: Mrs Barbara Williams
Home Economics/HASS: Mrs Jo Harrison
Manual Arts: Mr Kim Rogers
Music/Digi Tech: Ms Rachel Cotton
Languages (Wajarri): Ms Edie Maher
Health/PE/OutdoorEd: Mrs Marelle Rann
English/Art: Ms Valerie Harris
Kindergarten – Pre-Primary:
Welcome to the Northampton District High School and in particular the Northampton Early Childhood Centre. Kindergarten and moving into Pre-Primary is a time where children are able to explore and learn through play in a learning enriched environment. It is an exciting time as they become more independent, make new friends and discover ways to share, co-operate and to socialise with peers and with adults outside their immediate family.
We acknowledge the vital role families play as the child’s first and most influential teacher and aim to work in partnership with you to develop your child’s natural curiosity and a positive attitude to learning. The centre provides an environment where your child is able to develop in all learning areas—physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually. We provide an extensive array of inside and outside activities that cater for all children’s needs, interests and learning styles. At our centre we structure the learning environment to incorporate play while implementing the Early Years Learning Framework combined with the WA Kindergarten Guidelines, the Australian Curriculum and National Quality Standard.
In 2022, we will have a Kindy class and a combined Pre Primary/Year 1 class in the Early Childhood Centre.
Teacher: Mrs Michelle Markham
Pre-Primary/Year 1 Staff
Teacher: Mrs Ann Westerink
Education Assistants: Mrs Lynne Atkinson
Pre Primary is now compulsory and children who are of this age must enrol at a school. Kindergarten is not compulsory, however once your child is enrolled at school it is recommended they attend regulalry. Kindergarten is a good time to instil good attendance behaviours. Parents must endeavour to send their child to school regularly and provide the school with reasonable explanation for absences either by calling, texting, emailing the school or by sending in a note to explain. We recognise that parents are in the best place to judge their child’s ability to cope with the challenges of school life, and parents are able to negotiate with the class teacher a transition to school should it be required.
Kindergarten is available to children who turn four years of age by June 30th in the year they are to attend. Kindy children begin an exciting learning journey that will help them reach their full potential in life.
Students will attend four days a week, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for the whole year. This gives students over the required 15 hours a week across the school year as required by the Education Department.
Session Times: 8:50am – 3:05pm
Children should be dropped at school at 8.35am and be picked up at 3.05pm. Please observe these times as closely as possible as late arrivals are disruptive to our class routines and may be a cause of anxiety for your child. If you are dropping your child off, please wait with them until 8.35am or until the doors are open. We encourage parents to come into class with the children to do a puzzle, a literacy game and/or read some books.
Written notification or a phone call is required if another person, other than a legal parent or guardian, is to pick up your child. Please ask the other person to identify themselves to the classroom teacher before picking children up.
School Fees & Voluntary Contributions
Whilst school fees are voluntary, we do encourage our families to contribute. By making a contribution we can purchase additional educational programs and resources. These funds can be paid to the school office.
Kindergarten – $50.00
Pre-Primary – $50.00
Bus children will be accompanied after school to the bus stop at the front of the school and will be left in charge of the duty teacher. It is essential that you notify the school and the bus driver, in writing where possible, or by a phone call of any changes to routines.
At NDHS we value strong relationships between our school families and caregivers. Our parents and caregivers have much to offer the Pre-Primary and Kindergarten programs with their expertise, skills and knowledge. We appreciate the individuality of each child and the unique set of experiences they bring with them. Through interactive activities, new understandings are stimulated and with teacher guidance, become more complex and involved as time passes. Children and parents are encouraged to be actively involved in planning the learning environment.
Year 1- Year 10
The Northampton District High School community welcomes all families who will be associated with our vibrant school. We take pride in our excellent facilities, our openness to new ideas and new people, our quality learning opportunities and our care for our students.
The teachers at Northampton District High School are well qualified, experienced and dedicated. Teachers are constantly exploring better ways to help your child learn, and value your role as the parent educator. You can be assured that the children’s best interests are our prime motivation.
The importance of home and school working together to provide children with supportive care throughout their primary and secondary schooling cannot be emphasised enough.
At NDHS we work hard to provide a high quality education for every child; however we can’t do it alone. We encourage you to be involved in the work of our school, in the classroom, at P&C meetings, the School Board and at home with your child. Research clearly shows that parent and community involvement in schools improves student achievement. To reach their potential, students need parents and the community to take an active role in their education.
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