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Principal’s welcome

On behalf of my staff and current students, I would like to welcome you to Dakabin State School.

You are either reading this message on our website or in our prospectus as new parents to our school and community or you are thinking of joining us. We have a beautiful school of approximately 560 students. We are a moderate sized school for our local area. This is an advantage to us as we can personalise our services and understanding of children as learners.

Here at Dakabin we have a wide range of students from varying cultures, religions, and also we support students with varying disabilities through our diverse learning centre. These beautiful variances are a gift to our students as it creates a school climate of mutual respect and support for each other. This is an attribute of our school that is difficult to measure but certainly one you feel as you walk through the school and meet our students.

We work hard with students through our social skilling program to ensure there is an understanding of the differences in people and how we work together in teams. We believe this is a skill that stands our students well for the future. We encourage new families to our school to share this understanding philosophy. We have a child friendly character called our “Dakabee” and these form the ground work for our school rules of be safe, be sensible and be respectful. We operate as a positive behaviour for learning school.

My team here at Dakabin are of the highest calibre, all working with one main focus, to support students to be the best learners they can. From the administration staff in the front office, the schools officer and cleaners, to teachers and teacher aides in the classroom, everyone works collaboratively to give each and every student the best opportunity they can.

As the principal of a primary school, I believe that it is essential we preserve the essence of childhood for our young people. Primary school is an important foundation to instilling lifelong learning attributes in our children, we work hard at establishing not only the core elements of literacy and numeracy, but learning behaviours that enable students to be successful as they travel through their schooling to high school and beyond.

At our school we operate by the ethos of “work hard and play hard”. Play and fun is such an important part of the life of a child. We know and understand that we create memories for children. Many of our fun days are in support of charities, for example the “talk like a pirate day” where we all dress up as pirates in support of childhood cancer. (And yes that includes the principal and leadership team.) Much of this is encouraged and led through the student council. From our walk for Daniel day, to state of origin day, we encourage students to be active citizens in our community and to contribute no matter how small. These acts of kindness and thoughtfulness is about ensuring students remember to act with kindness in supporting others less fortunate than themselves.

When we “work hard” we really do work hard. Learning is the ultimate purpose of schooling and here at Dakabin we use a pedagogical framework (methods of teaching) that is grounded in leading world researcher, particularly “the art and science of teaching” by Dr Robert Mazarno and “visible learning” by professor John Hattie. Our teachers tailor learning to the needs of students whilst aligning their work to the standards of the Australian curriculum. Student goal setting is a priority at our school and we celebrate their progress no matter how small it is. Students understanding where they are in their achievement and knowing what steps they need to take to achieve their goals is a strong motivator for students. Parents are actively encouraged to be part of the goal setting and understanding how their child is learning and progressing.

I hope that Dakabin State School is a place that your child loves to come to each day and you as a family enjoy being part of.

Kind regards

Kelly Jeppesen

Principal

Dakabin State School.