Nurturing lifelong learners

SUCCEEDING IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY: The past year had been challenging for students at Dubbo North Public School, however, students and staff had excelled in the face of the pandemic.
SUCCEEDING IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY: The past year had been challenging for students at Dubbo North Public School, however, students and staff had excelled in the face of the pandemic.

Skill with honour by being responsible, safe and respectful lifelong learners is the credo behind Dubbo North Public School.

"This is achieved by providing a stimulating learning environment where all students are known, valued and cared for," principal Toby Morgan said.

"The latest teaching innovations are applied by a professional and caring staff with one single goal in mind, the social, academic, cultural and sporting development of all of our students."

Opened in 1930, Dubbo North Public School now employs 23 classroom teachers, 14 school learning support officers, one Aboriginal education officer, two office staff, one school counsellor and a general assistant.

Mr Morgan said the past year had been challenging, however, students and staff had excelled in the face of the pandemic "through hard work, a dedicated and committed approach from all staff members and the support and flexibility of our school community. Students were offered the opportunity to either attend school and complete learning face to face, work books were prepared for those students who were working from home but may not have had access to the required technology and online work was provided on platforms such as SeeSaw and Google classroom," Mr Morgan said.

"Staff were rostered on to work from home where we had two teachers from each stage working from home monitoring online learning and the third teacher dealt with the daily face to face learning.

"School learning support officers photocopied and prepared work books to be picked up by parents and were responsible for the marking of the books. We also ate very well during the pandemic where we regularly supported local businesses by ordering take away food as a reward for hard work, dedication and commitment to our students."

The school offers no online learning at present, but some stages will post examples of work and extension activities on platforms such as SeeSaw and Google Classroom.

"2020 has certainly been a different year and I'd like to thank my executive team of Mrs Wallace, Mrs Taylor, Miss Woods, Mrs Williams and Mrs Letfallah for all their hard work, support and professionalism during the COVID 19 pandemic and the months after the worst of it," Mr Morgan said.

"I'd also like to thank the staff for their ongoing and endless commitment to supporting our students particularly during these trying times; we are certainly very lucky to have such a great cohort of teachers working with the students of DNPS. Finally, a huge thank you to the school community who supported us during the pandemic and continue to do so in its aftermath."

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