I would usually just draw your attention to this month’s topic in our AIP/calendar, but will talk about this year’s school opinion Surveys (SOS) that came home in today’s newsletter. This is one of the important measures we use in making decisions about how to improve our school. There are four groups of people surveyed in each school. Firstly I am surveyed as the principal of the school, the staff are surveyed, the students are surveyed and you the parents are surveyed. For the surveys to provide useful data there must be more than five surveys submitted for each group (not including mine), so it is important that as many as possible are completed. The opinions and views of each of the groups I mentioned help gauge the confidence in our school, which is one of our priority areas in our annual implementation plan (AIP). The surveys tell us what we are doing well and need to maintain and what we need to improve on. The information that you submit in the survey is totally confidential. As I explained to the Junior Secondary children this morning when they did their surveys, I can login and see how many student surveys have been submitted, but I can’t see who submitted surveys or what they said. Same applies to staff and parents, I can see how many are submitted, but not by who or what they said.
What can you do to help at home? Please take the time to complete the survey? The surveys are about the school in general over the last 12 months. It is an online survey with a one-time entry. That is, each survey invitation letter has a set of unique codes to be entered and cannot be reentered once they have been used. This stops people from logging in multiple times, but you also need to complete the survey in one sitting. If you exit the survey before you complete it or the power goes out a just the wrong time, you won’t be able to start it again with those codes. If that does happen, just see me for a fresh letter with a new set of login codes.