FROM the sporting field to cultural pursuits and into the classroom, 2019 has been a year to remember at Dubbo North Public School (DNPS).
DNPS aims to develop students' values and skills for responsible citizenship and life-long learning. Programs are carried out within a caring and educational environment by a staff of educated teachers with positive child-focused aims. The welfare of all stakeholders including students, staff and families are considered with the aim of "Skill with Honour by being Responsible, Safe and Respectful Learners".
This year has been another busy and successful year with DNPS retaining the majority of our existing staff, making it easier to commence a new school year, but also picking up some fresh faces throughout the year.
Infants' classes were engaged in the Early Action for Success initiative and enjoyed learning to spell by applying "Speech, Sound, Pics" methods while math lessons were hands on and well planned out by the teachers.
Primary students employed "Daily 5" and explicit teaching in their classes, and all of these programs saw students achieve excellent academic growth in 2019.
Employment of additional SLSO's meant students received additional support and more individualised learning was provided, while initiatives introduced in 2018 such as MiniLit and Multilit continued to be rolled out across the school.
We employed a new Instructional Leader Aboriginal to assist in the achievement of the Premier's Priorities and have continued teaching Wiradjuri language across the school, along with our Sistaspeak and Brospeak programs, which teaches Aboriginal students about traditional heritage and culture and about future career pathways. DNPS also introduced Boy's and Girl's Groups programs based around ethics and morals, providing support for our non-aboriginal students.
On the sporting field we were proud to have students represent the region at District, Western and State carnivals where two of our girl's sporting teams made it to the semi-final and final of the state soccer and hockey knockouts. We were also fortunate to have visiting NRL and cricket clinics at school.
DNPS introduced a Stage 2 choir this year and with the support of the Macquarie Conservatorium Infants students participated in percussion lessons and Stage 3 were introduced to music curriculum.
The SRC continued to lead the way at our school by holding ANZAC and Remembrance ceremonies and organising fundraising events. We also celebrated special occasions such as Book Week, Easter Hat Parade, NAIDOC and other special days, while Grandparents Day saw over 160 visitors attend the school.
Excursions were plentiful in 2019 and included overnight trips to Trangie, Sydney and Bathurst and day excursions to Wambangalang, Wellington Caves and quite a few local trips around Dubbo to help educate and inspire the students.
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