Bentleigh West Primary School extends a very warm welcome back to 2019 and an extra warm welcome to our new families that are beginning their journey with us this year. The BWPS community is looking forward to building on a very productive 2018 that saw some amazing events and outstanding academic outcomes.
BWPS consistently sees our students two years ahead of peers, building foundation skills, confidence and the knowledge for our students to confidently apply their learning in the real world and have an excellent preparation for Secondary School. This enhances our students’ ability to take opportunities as they progress through their schooling and ultimately be life-long learners. A quick glance at NAPLAN data shows BWPS has increased its performance over time to be well ahead of schools with similar students, including private schools, displaying the importance of training excellent teachers to deliver a well-rounded curriculum to ensure no matter what the measure our students are taught well and will perform well on any assessment.
Along with these results the school is moving into exciting territory in focusing on rejuvenating our specialist programs. We will see the expanding of the Visual Arts program with a $450,000 Arts studio to be built this year that will give the school the ability to offer a wider range of Art skills including 3D Art in 2019. This will add to the quality of our Art Walk Show Case at the end of the year and see many of our students display works around the community.
We will see the Performing Arts in the program in 2019 as promised. We are delighted to welcome Troy Cartwright to the school to oversee an upgrade to Music and Performing Arts at BWPS. Troy has been a musician and actor himself and is extremely enthusiastic to build choirs, school bands and spot performances for students who enjoy the performing arts or don’t know that they do yet. I am sensing more entertainment in our assemblies this year and beyond.
We also see a changing of the guard in our Sport Program. Mr Walsh takes over with elite coaching experience and is looking to add to sporting development with more focus and structure on skill development, game style and tactics that will feed into our sporting competitions and see our students have the opportunity to compete with and against the very best while developing all foundation skills to foster a love for sport, activity and healthy lifestyle.
Sarah Asome takes over the role of Assistant Principal and will oversee staff development as we look to continue to build the knowledge and skill of our teachers and add value to the public system as well.
Again, welcome back and we look forward to working with you all to make Bentleigh West the best possible environment for children to learn.