Hi, my name is Stephen Bevan and I am Principal at Madeley Primary School in Perth, Western Australia. Research shows that open and clear communication between home and school is important which is why I have created this blog. As Principal of Madeley Primary School I value your opinions and encourage your comments. Feel free to comment on any of the posts. Comments are moderated prior to going live on the blog.

I will endeavour to provide you with regular and informative posts about our school and its activities. I ask that your comments be constructive and positive with any concerns or complaints directed to me personally at school.

Madeley Primary School prides itself on the positive, open and friendly culture that has been established. Our core values of Curriculum, Community and Care are guiding principles that shape our school.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

The Importance of Pre-service Professional Practice

The staff at Madeley Primary School believe that it is essential for us to provide student teachers with an opportunity to learn and practice the art of teaching through school placements. For this reason we again have many pre-service teachers working across our school in 2016. These teachers work under the close supervision of their mentor (classroom) teachers. Through their teaching practice they learn new skills and knowledge which they will need when they graduate into our schooling system. They also bring the latest knowledge from university and a great deal of excitement and energy to our classrooms.

Ms Dunbar (Level 3 teacher) coordinates and manages the Pre-service Teacher Program at Madeley and we thank her for her work in this area.

This year we have students completing their Professional Practice in the following courses
  • Bachelor of Education: 4th yr Assistant Teacher Program 

  • Graduate Diploma of Education: 1st Professional Practice

  •  Bachelor of Education: 1st Professional Practice (Orientation)

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

The Importance of ANZAC Day at Madeley Primary School

ANZAC Day is an important event in the school calendar at Madeley Primary. We seek to commemorate all those who represent our country in the armed forces and to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in order to promote and preserve our way of life. The ANZAC Spirit promotes mateship - looking after your friends and resilience and perseverance even when things get tough. These same qualities are what we seek to develop at Madeley Primary School.

Our school's approach to positive education encourages students to strive to do their very best, to treat others as they would like to be treated and to be brave and sensible in everything that they do. These skills and abilities are an important part of being a 'mate' to others. Our focus on relationship building and cooperative problem solving helps to develop resilience and the capacity to see and appreciate the feelings of others.

Our annual ANZAC Service is a community event which involves local politicians, community groups, School Board and P&C members as well as parents, staff and students. It provides an opportunity for student leaders and classroom representatives to participate in the running of a formal ceremony. It also provides our choir with an opportunity to perform for an audience.

 This year our special guests included:
    • Honorable Liz Behjat MLC
    • Senator the Honorable David Johnston
    • Margaret Quirk MLA
    • Councillor Lara Simpkins - City of Wanneroo
    • Joe Hawkins - Bendigo Bank
    • James Dillon - School Board
    • Paul Wright - P&C Vice President
    • Edna Johanson - guest speaker
We wish to thank our special guests, parents and community members for their attendance at our ceremony. We also thank Mrs Dawn Chester who organised and coordinated the ceremony again this year.