NSW Department of Education & Training 1379
2010 Annual School Report
Brookvale Public School
NSW Public Schools – Leading the way
were seen in the spelling aspect of the test and
Our school at a glance there was significant growth from Year 3 to Year
5. Our students performed well in selective high
Students school tests and University of NSW competitions.
Our students come from a wide variety of
multicultural backgrounds to learn, co-operate Principal’s message
and develop the special atmosphere of our As the new Principal of Brookvale Public School I
school. am pleased to be able to report to our school
Classes range from Kindergarten to Year 6. There community on some of the highlights and
is also a K/2 support class for language, and a 3/6 achievements of 2010.
support class for reading. These support classes We are a small friendly school in the heart of
are attended by students referred from other Brookvale. One of our strengths is that we have
schools in the region. well established local community networks. We
are fortunate to have a team of highly dedicated
Staff and experienced teachers, excellent ancillary staff
Brookvale staff bring an extensive range of skills and a supportive parent community.
and talents to our school setting. We are able to maximise educational outcomes
Class teachers, specialist educators, teachers’ and learning opportunities through the delivery
aides, support and administration staff work of high quality teaching and learning programs,
collaboratively as a team, providing high quality individualised to meet each student’s needs and
learning for our students in a safe and happy interests. We have high expectations and
environment. students are encouraged to achieve their best in
a caring and supportive environment.
All teaching staff meet the professional
requirements for teaching in NSW public schools. I hope you enjoy reading the report.
I certify that the information in this report is the
Significant programs and initiatives result of a rigorous school self-evaluation process
During 2010 Brookvale Public School continued to and is a balanced and genuine account of the
develop and improve the educational outcomes school’s achievements and areas for
for all students. development.
Major focus areas for continued development Bev Maunder
were literacy and numeracy, information
technology, environmental education, student
welfare and creative arts.
Our funding from The Building the Education
Revolution program provided us with a beautiful
new library, an art and craft studio, sick bay,
small group teaching areas, upgraded play areas
and a refurbished administration area.
More interactive whiteboards were installed and
a new ventilation system was fitted in the Year 1
Students may choose to participate in foreign
language lessons after school in Italian,
Portuguese and Greek.
Student achievement in 2010
Students continued to perform well in NAPLAN
testing in Years 3 and 5. Particular strengths
School Council message Three successful Kindergarten Orientation Days
were held and a lot of interest was generated
Firstly I would like to thank my fellow School from the publicity provided from letter dropping
Council members for all their work this year and in our area. The school also featured in the
also Mr Taylor for the outstanding job he has Manly Daily and the Peninsula Magazine.
done as Relieving Principal and in overseeing the
Building the Education Revolution projects. There The School Council Budget Committee also
was minimal disruption to students whilst the reviewed submissions by teachers and parents
BER works were undertaken and the works have for the 2011 Management Plan. The School
been completed to a high standard. We now have Council is a vital part of the school community.
a new library, an art and craft studio, small group Come on everyone, please get involved!
teaching rooms, offices, sick bay and an upgraded Tracey Kew, School Council President
The school council meets on the 4th Thursday of
the month at 7.30pm. It offers a wonderful
opportunity for parents to be involved in the
decisions made in relation to the running of the
school and to find out firsthand what is going on.
The main agenda items include sub-committee
reports from Grounds and Maintenance, Publicity
and Sponsorship, Information Technology,
Parents & Citizens and Treasurer’s reports.
This year was a busy and exciting time for the
School Council. It saw Mr Richards taking
extended long service leave and eventually Student representatives’ message
announcing his retirement, the successful
School Captains’ message
completion of our BER projects and many smaller
initiatives implemented. As Brookvale Public School Captains, we are very
Community support continued with financial grateful to have been at this wonderful school.
support from the Mounties Harbord Diggers Thank you to all the teachers and especially to Ms
Group for the school’s Home Reading program Guina and Mr. Taylor. Brooky has been a great
and many local businesses donated prizes for the school and a great help to us.
Year 6 Canberra raffle.
We will always remember the exciting activities
The Parents & Citizens Association has also been that we participated in, from Kindergarten
very active in supporting the school. They meet through to Year 6. There were lots of activities
every month to discuss opportunities and make such as Kindy Farm, Buddies, plays and
suggestions related to the wellbeing of our performances which we enjoyed or participated
children. Many fundraising initiatives including in, including the Choir, Leolelei Singers and PSSA
Mothers' Day and Election Day stalls, football sport.
parking and sausage sizzles and the International
Food Night provided the funding for valuable Our favourite excursion was going to Canberra
education programs and facilities. These efforts and the snow in Year 6. Camps at Hill End,
funded programs costing $13,360 and included Bathurst and the Adventure Camp were
weekly swimming lessons in Term 4, the Life enjoyable and important for our education.
Education Program, K-2 Footsteps Dance classes,
We hope we did a great job representing the
tennis lessons and subsidy of overnight
school. We will take all the great values we have
excursions to Hill End and Canberra. This was a
developed at this wonderful school to high school
fantastic effort by the P & C, thank you very much
and into the future.
for your efforts.
2010 School Captains
Student attendance rates
2007 2008 2009 2010
School Region State DET
Management of non-attendance
Proformas and systems have been developed to
School context assist families with reporting absences.
It is a requirement that the reporting of
information for all students must be consistent In March 2003 the Government announced its
with privacy and personal information policies. commitment to publish primary class sizes in
annual school reports in order to provide parents
Student enrolment profile with as much local information as possible.
In March 2010 the number of students in The following table shows our class sizes as
mainstream classes was 176, with an additional 8 reported at the 2010 class size audit conducted
students attending the Language Support Class. on Wednesday 17 March 2010.
Enrolm ents Roll Class Year Total per Total in
6TS 6 31 31
200 5G 5 27 27
4WD 4 26 26
3P 3 21 21
1/2B 2 23 27
1KD 1 23 23
KD K 21 21
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Student attendance profile
More families completed exemption forms for
extended overseas holidays. The attendance rate
for the school was 93%. This is very similar to
Staff information Financial summary
It is a requirement that the reporting of This summary covers funds for operating costs
information for all staff must be consistent with and does not involve expenditure areas such as
privacy and personal information policies. permanent salaries, building and major
Date of financial summary: 30/11/2010
Position Number Income $
Assistant Principals 2.0 Balance brought forward 91 232.59
Classroom Teachers 8.0 Global funds 131 465.14
Itinerant Teacher Hearing 1.0 Tied funds 40 485.62
Community Language Teacher 0.4 School & community sources 181 455.11
Teacher of Reading Recovery 0.42 Interest 3 758.65
Support Teacher Learning Assistance 0.6 Trust receipts 5 810.00
Extra Support Teacher Learning 0.34 Canteen 0.00
Teacher Librarian 0.4 Total income 454 207.11
Art and Craft Teacher 0.4
Teacher of ESL 0.8 Expenditure
Early School Support 0.2 Teaching & learning
Counsellor 0.2 Key learning areas 42 108.44
School Administrative & Support Staff 1.662 Excursions 21 736.17
Total 17.442 Extracurricular dissections 75 742.68
Library 4 856.89
There are no Indigenous members of staff.
Training & development 1 382.06
Staff retention Tied funds 43 593.03
Casual relief teachers 31 837.84
The retention rate of teaching staff from 2009 Administration & office 61 716.13
was 100%. School-operated canteen 0.00
Utilities 33 710.29
Steve Richard retired after 19 years service as
Maintenance 47 886.93
Principal of the school.
Trust accounts 4 599.73
Capital programs 37 706.90
Total expenditure 406 877.09
Teacher qualifications Balance carried forward 47 330.02
All teaching staff meet the professional
requirements for teaching in NSW public schools.
A full copy of the school’s 2010 financial
Qualifications % of staff statement is tabled at the annual general
Degree or Diploma 100% meetings of the School Council. Further details
Postgraduate 18% concerning the statement can be obtained by
contacting the school.
School performance 2010 Sport
Students represented Brookvale Public School at
2010 was another year of outstanding the zone swimming, cross country and athletics
achievement in a range of areas at Brookvale competitions. Jayden Welsh and Lofi Nuku
Public School. qualified to compete at area athletics.
Achievements During the winter sessions of MPSSA the school
participated in the netball and league
Arts competitions, with tennis lessons provided
Highlights of the year included the outstanding through the school budget for a group of mainly
performance of the choir at the Warringah Year 3 students. Unfortunately the season was
Eisteddfod. Year 5 and the Leolelei singers very wet.
combined to sing at Warringah Mall in the lead Two students, Sateki Latu and Tevita Vuki
up to Christmas. The Leolelei singers also represented the area at the State carnival for
performed at presentation night and at the Early Rugby league.
Six teams participated in the eagle tag gala day.
The band continues to develop under the Specific skills clinics with coaches were held in
guidance of our band director Jason Smith. soccer and Rugby league. Students K-6 also
Students also attended lessons in various musical participated in gymnastics lessons during Term 3.
instruments including drums, piano, keyboard,
Term 4 swimming was well attended. 60 students
guitar and all band instruments.
attended the two week intensive special
More than half the students participated in the swimming. Students in Kindergarten to Year 5
Brooky Talent Show demonstrating skills in participated in a weekly swimming program at
singing, playing musical instruments, acting and Warringah Aquatic Centre and Year 6 attended
joke telling. It was a great hit with all students. surf skills and safety at Freshwater Beach.
Students continued to enthusiastically enjoy art
and craft lessons developing skills in drawing,
painting, model making, clay work and wood
work. A highlight for students this year was the
move into the new art studio in August. Year 6
created a mural on the theme of cultural diversity
with links to students’ home lands. This mural is
mounted in our morning assembly area.
Each student in the school made a ceramic tile
which was placed in the wall at the new park in
Brookvale situated on the corner of Green Street
and Old Pittwater Road.
Academic Numeracy – NAPLAN Year 3
In the National Assessment Program, the results Percentage of students in bands:
across the Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 literacy and Year 3 num eracy
numeracy assessments are reported on a scale 40
from Band 1 to Band 10. 35
The achievement scale represents increasing 30
levels of skills and understandings demonstrated
Percentage of students
in these assessments.
Yr 3: from Band 1 (lowest) to Band 6 (highest for
Year 3) 15
Yr 5: from Band 3 (lowest) to Band 8 (highest for 10
Year 5) 5
1 2 3 4 5 6
Literacy – NAPLAN Year 3 Band
Percentage in band
School average 2008 - 2010
SSG average 2010
State DET average 2010
The percentage of Year 3 students achieving Band
4 in Numeracy was 36.4%, which is above the
State average of 21.9%.
Literacy – NAPLAN Year 5
Percentage of students in bands:
Year 5 w riting
Percentage of students
3 4 5 6 7 8
Successful support programs developed by Band
teachers continue to assist students to improve Percentage in band
their achievement. The school average mark in School average 2008 - 2010
spelling was 414, compared to the State average SSG average 2010
of 408. State DET average 2010
In Year 5 the average school mark for writing was
497.7, compared with 488.4 in the State.
Numeracy – NAPLAN Year 5 Progress in numeracy
Percentage of students in bands:
Average progress in num eracy
Year 5 num eracy
betw een Year 3 and Year 5
Percentage of students
0 2006 - 2008 2007 - 2009 2008 - 2010
3 4 5 6 7 8
Band School SSG State DET
Percentage in band
School average 2008 - 2010 In numeracy our progress was measured at 108.1
SSG average 2010 points, compared with the State average of 89.3
State DET average 2010 points.
In numeracy, 16% of Year 5 students achieved
Band 8, compared with 12.9% in the State. Minimum standards
The Commonwealth Government sets minimum
Progress in literacy standards for reading, writing, grammar and
punctuation, spelling and numeracy for years 3,
Average progress in w riting 5, 7 and 9.
betw een Year 3 and Year 5
The performance of the students in our school in
the National Assessment Program – Literacy and
Numeracy is compared to these minimum
standards. The percentages of our students
achieving at or above these standards are
30 Percentage of Year 3 students in our school
20 achieving at or above the minimum standard in
2006 - 2008 2007 - 2009 2008 - 2010 Percentage of Year 3 students achieving at or
above minimum standard
School SSG State DET Reading 95%
Progress in writing from Year 3 to Year 5 Spelling 95%
measured 81.9 points, compared with 63.9 points Punctuation and grammar 91%
for our statistically similar school group. Numeracy 100%
Percentage of Year 5 students in our school
achieving at or above the minimum standard in
Percentage of Year 5 students achieving at or
above minimum standard
Punctuation and grammar 78%
Respect and responsibility
Significant programs and initiatives
Teachers and parents at Brookvale Public School
Aboriginal education continued to promote acceptance and social
This year has been a positive one in Aboriginal harmony throughout the school. Programs and
Studies with all students engaged in a variety of policies to reduce bullying and conflict were
learning experiences. continued as well as the teaching of values,
respect for others and personal responsibility.
All classes produced art and craft works with an
Aboriginal perspective. Senior students During the first week of Term 1 students in Year 6
appreciated artworks by contemporary Aboriginal attended a Peer Mediator training day to learn
artists. An Aboriginal perspective is taught new skills enabling them to act as unbiased
wherever possible in all units of work studied in mediators to resolve cases of bullying and
class. individual conflicts between children. Students in
all classes completed their ten lessons in the ‘Our
Year 6 visited Allenby Park, investigating the Caring School’ program which covered areas such
Aboriginal rock engravings and native plants. as who can help, being assertive and building self-
Acknowledgement of Country is included in all esteem.
weekly assemblies and on presentation night. Teachers also continued to teach the ‘Stop, Think,
Do’ program which provides students with a
scaffold to follow during a conflict. This program
aims to train students to not react, but to be
assertive and also to listen to others.
Year 6 students were given opportunities to
develop leadership skills during the year.
Captains and Prefects attended a leadership
training day early in Term 1. Other students were
elected to the role of House Sports Captains
while others volunteered as Assembly and Library
monitors. These responsibilities encouraged the
Multicultural education development of organisational skills and self-
58% of students at Brookvale Public School come
The ‘Kindy Buddies’ program was further
from a language background other than English.
Twenty two different language groups are developed, ensuring the smooth transition of
represented in the school. The school has an ESL children from pre-school to Kindergarten. This
teacher 4 days per week. involved the Year 5 students meeting and helping
a Kindergarten student during their settling in
Tongan is taught as a Community Language on period into school. This also included a number of
two days each week. joint activities such art and craft, play and athletic
Italian, Greek and Portuguese classes are carnival events throughout the year. The older
available as extra-curricular options. children from Brookvale Pre-school also visited
Kindergarten to learn what ‘big school’ would be Environment, Personal Development, Health and
like. Physical Education as well as the Creative Arts.
Several volunteer parents organised a weekly Students are taught to safely use the internet so
playgroup in the hall. This provided an that their privacy is maintained. They are also
opportunity for school parents and pre-school taught to use the internet sensibly. Students use
children to meet and play. the internet to research information in class,
Library research time and in specific classes such
Students participated in a number of ANZAC Day
as Tongan. Year 6 students exchanged
and Remembrance Day activities during the year.
information through emails with their keypals in
Year 6 leaders were invited by our local Federal
MP Mr. Tony Abbott to attend a commemorative
service at North Head reserve to remember the The ‘Brooky Server’ stored students’ work giving
attack on Sydney Harbour during World War II. them the flexibility to access their work anywhere
in the school. Digital cameras were used by
Year 6 students visited all levels of government
students to record events and excursions and the
during the year including Warringah Council
photographs were then shared with all classes on
(local), NSW Parliament (State) and Australian
the server. Year 6 children also videoed their
Parliament House (Federal) as part of their Civics
overnight excursions and made a film which they
and Citizenship program. Other important places
burned onto a DVD.
visited while in Canberra included the Museum of
Democracy, the Australian War Memorial and the The Student Research Team was responsible for
Australian National Museum. creating the new Brookvale Public School
website. The Year 6 students were supervised by
a teacher as they prepared texts, edited and
cropped photographs and laid out the new
website. The original website is to be maintained
as an archive.
New interactive whiteboards were purchased for
each class providing teachers with new tools to
utilise in their classrooms. Training in effective
use of the interactive whiteboards was a priority
for staff development so that teachers could
quickly improve their skills and share experiences
with their peers.
Connected classrooms have been installed in the
Year 4 classroom and the new library. Students
have used the systems to observe and participate
in internet activities. Participation in interactive
learning activities are planned to be introduced
early in 2011.
Information technology is used by teachers in all
classrooms to support class learning in a variety
of curriculum areas. Access to the internet is
available to all classes, also a wide variety of
software is available to support learning in
Maths, English, Science, Human Society and Its
Brookvale Public School students have continued
their enthusiastic participation in a wide variety
of environmental education activities and
Year 1 and 2 students maintained the worm
farms and compost bins as well as working in our
eco-friendly garden growing healthy vegetables.
These vegetables such as lettuce have been used
by the canteen to provide healthy lunches for our
students. The Kindergarten children have also
helped to grow plants in the garden and have
Year 3 walked to Stony Range Botanic Garden in Excursions
Dee Why to learn about Australian native plants.
This was a great experience for all involved. The A comprehensive program of excursions was
students were met by a local Council Ranger who organised for students in all classes. These
informed them about the plants and their uses excursions were integrated into classroom
for Aboriginal people. teaching and learning programs and provided
valuable educational and social experiences from
Year 6 students participated in the Streamwatch which students could build their knowledge and
water testing program. The water is tested at two understanding.
sites in Brookvale Creek to compare the water
quality before and after it leaves the industrial Day excursions were organised for all classes such
area. Year 6 also participated in a Waterbug as Years 5 & 6 who went to CARES to learn about
survey above the waterfall in Allenby Place. The road and bike safety, Years 3 & 4 visited Stony
water quality in Brookvale Creek is satisfactory. Range nature reserve, and students in
Kindergarten and Years 1 & 2 enjoyed the hands
Our school participates in Clean Up Schools Day on experiences of the baby animals and birds
held in March. Year 6 regularly collect waste during the Kindy Farm visit. Year 6 also visited the
paper from the classrooms to be put in the big Warringah Council Chambers and NSW State
paper recycling bin. Students assist in maintaining Parliament for a tour with our local MP Brad
native plant gardens, such as the frog pond area, Hazzard.
to encourage native animals to visit the area.
Cockatoos, lorikeets and corellas are often Overnight excursions were also organised. Years
observed feeding on the grevillia flowers. 4, 5 and 6 attended an overnight excursion to Hill
End to learn about gold mining, life in the
Brookvale School recycles rainwater, food scraps, goldfields and early Australia. Year 6 attended a
paper, cardboard and ink cartridges. three day excursion to Canberra as part of their
study of government and citizenship. This also
included an exciting day in the snow. Year 6
students prepared newspapers about both
excursions which were printed and distributed to
parents and the community.
Improve school facilities.
Our achievements include:
All BER works have been completed.
We have a new library with connected
learning facilities, a new administration
area and art studio.
The new small group teaching areas
enable support staff to work in a pleasant
environment that is more conducive to
Progress on 2010 targets It is a requirement for all NSW public schools to
Brookvale Public School achieved the following conduct at least two annual evaluations – one
targets in 2010. related to educational and management practice
and the other related to curriculum. In 2010 our
Target 1 school carried out evaluations of our school
Improve literacy and numeracy outcomes for all culture and literacy.
students. Educational and management practice
Our achievements include: In 2009, School Culture was identified as the
Teachers have a deeper knowledge of aspect of educational and management practice
developing effective programs to teach to be evaluated.
literary text types. Background
NAPLAN results showed improvement in Surveys were distributed to all families
achievement in spelling. At the end of requesting their opinion on the school’s provision
Year 1, 95% of students had achieved the of leadership and pastoral care.
NSR target for reading levels.
Findings and conclusions
Continued training in the use of Count
24% of families returned the surveys. The results
Me In Too strategies leading to greater
were highly positive. See table on next page.
differentiation of the curriculum.
The survey results indicated some areas for
Improve effective use of technology.
Our achievements include:
All classrooms now have Interactive
Key areas for improvement in 2011 are:
whiteboards and teachers have had
introductory training in their use. Clear communication of the school’s
strategic planning and target setting to
Software was purchased to support
the parent community.
Development of teaching and learning
The weekly newsletter is available in an
programs that demonstrate how the
learning needs and styles of all students
The new school website was uploaded. are catered for.
Implementation of improved school to
Curriculum Parent, student, and teacher
The curriculum area of literacy was chosen for satisfaction
evaluation in 2010.
In 2010 the school sought the opinions of
Background parents, students and teachers about the school.
Analysis of NAPLAN data indicated that while Their responses are presented below:
some aspects of literacy were strong, particularly
spelling, others needed to be improved. Question VS S NS
Following careful analysis of trends, staff decided Is your child happy at school? 23 16 0
to focus on grammar and comprehension.
Does the school value your concerns? 24 15 0
Findings and conclusions
During 2011 the English committee and Learning Is there effective leadership at the 20 18 1
Support Team will examine ways of identifying
and catering for those students needing an Does the school have high expectations 17 21 1
intensive teaching program to improve their of students?
Do you receive timely and relevant 20 18 1
Future directions reports about your child’s progress?
In-school testing and assessment will be Do you receive adequate information 23 16 0
carried out to identify students. about school events and meetings?
Whole-school timetabling will be Does the school provide a safe and 24 15 0
adjusted to facilitate lesson groupings
across grades. Does the school act to reduce conflict 17 20 2
Teaching resources will be selected and
purchased. Does the school offer an adequate 16 21 2
range of extra-curricular activities?
Professional development in Semester 1
2011 will focus on persuasive writing and Are the school facilities adequate for 17 22 0
teaching grammar in context. the curriculum taught?
Is the homework given appropriate? 19 18 2
Are you satisfied with school sport? 23 14 2
VS – Very Satisfied
S – Satisfied
NS – Not Satisfied
All staff undertook mandatory training in Child
Protection, Emergency Care and CPR.
Teachers elected to attend training courses in
areas linked to school targets.
Whole school professional development focused
on the effective use of Interactive whiteboards.
School development 2009 – 2011 Our success will be measured by:
More differentiation evident in numeracy
The focus will continue to be improving outcomes lessons.
in literacy and numeracy, along with staff
professional development in Quality Teaching, Improved progress between Year 3 and 5
and improving the technology infrastructure of in NAPLAN tests.
the school. Improved results and greater confidence
for students participating in Maths
Targets for 2011 Breakfast Club.
Improve literacy outcomes for all students, with a Target 3
focus on grammar and comprehension.
Upgrade infrastructure and functionality of
Strategies to achieve this target include: technology systems within the school and
Professional Development of staff with links increase staff knowledge of using connected
to the Northern Beaches Learning Alliance. classroom facilities.
The implementation of a school-wide Strategies to achieve this target include:
grammar scope and sequence. Installation of new cabling and new
Use of regular and effective Consistent server in preparation for DET remote
Teacher Judgment to ensure continuity and management services.
progression K-6. Professional development in the use of
Our success will be measured by: interactive whiteboard technology,
connected classrooms, virtual excursions
An increase in the number of students and video-conferencing.
reaching minimum standards in NAPLAN
tests. Ongoing investment in new computers to
gradually replace older machines.
Increased differentiation of lesson content to
target and meet varying learning needs.
Positive feedback from staff evaluations. Our success will be measured by:
Use of connected classroom facilities
integrated into teaching units across all
Target 2 grades.
Improve numeracy outcomes for all students, Increase in number of new computers in
with a focus on developing automaticity of school and removal from system of old
fundamental numeration skills and sound machines.
Completion of the remediation program
Strategies to achieve this target include: so that the school is in a position to be
Professional development in the use of remotely serviced and managed by DET.
available resources and teaching
Increased use of support staff in class to
facilitate differentiation of the
Implementation of a Maths Breakfast
Club for targeted students in Stage 2.
About this report
In preparing this report, the self-evaluation
committee has gathered information from
evaluations conducted during the year and
analysed other information about the school's
practices and student learning outcomes. The
self-evaluation committee and school planning
committee have determined targets for the
school's future development.
Bev Maunder, Principal
Chris Taylor, Assistant Principal
Dianne de Graaf, Assistant Principal
Liz Guina, Staff Representative
Maria Bonacci, Staff Representative
Sandra McGrath, Staff Representative
Tracey Kew, School Council President
School contact information
Brookvale Public School
Old Pittwater Road
Ph: 02 9905 4168
Fax: 02 9905 7780
School Code: 1379
Parents can find out more information about
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