The Young Witness

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LEADING THE WAY: Steph Cooke MP with Young North Public School Leaders Gus Forbutt, Amelia Friedner, Charlie Hyam, Lily Brien, Katelyn Norman and Mitchell Martin. Photo: Supplied

Dear Young North Public School (YNPS) community, well what a couple of years we have had. Although there have certainly been "outside school events" that we have missed and we have spent a little more time "learning from home" than we ever would have before, we have actually been able to spend a lot more time together in school. This has meant there has been far more time with minimal disruption to build our class relationships and in class learning.

WELL DESERVED: Teacher, Gillian Cusack, was recognised for 30 years of service to NSW public school education. Photo: Supplied

The last two years have been a time of change, some forced upon us because of COVID, but also a shift to a new focus on excellence and engagement at YNPS with a new school vision and strategic improvement plan. On reflection we feel that our students will snap forward from these experiences with great resilience. This is also timely in that these students have achieved the Melbourne declaration of 2008 goals:

1- Australian schooling promotes equity and excellence.

2- All young Australians become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens.

I want to acknowledge the enormous role that our parents and carers have played in supporting their children and our school community towards reaching these goals. Promotion of lifelong long learning and active and informed members of the community is our collective responsibility.

I would also like to acknowledge our dynamic, inspirational and innovative staff team at YNPS. Their unwavering commitment to our school vision and, at the core, excellence and engagement in student learning outcomes as a collective, is what makes this school a great place to be and why we have such high impact on student learning growth and attainment. We wish the staff and students that are leaving in 2021 all the best in their future endeavours.

The past few weeks have been a time of reflection and today we get to acknowledge some significant achievements. Please take the time to reflect on your child's own journey this year and how far each and every one of them has come. Regardless of whether they received an award or not, they have all shown enormous personal growth and that is to be celebrated.

A big celebration for YNPS into the future is that one thing is for sure. All our students receive a quality education, tailored to individual learning needs and relevant to a changing world, that gives every student the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Thank you all for your trust and support in 2021, enjoy the holiday break with family and friends. The future is certainly bright at YNPS and the wider Young community.

Mrs Ange Gay, Principal