Principal’s message

Welcome from the Principal – Lyn Dawson

On behalf of the staff of our great school, I look forward to forming a positive partnership with the parents of our students so that we can give them the best opportunities to prosper academically, socially and emotionally. As leader of this school it is my privilege and responsibility to ensure that the four priorities of success for all students, high quality teaching, effective leadership and strong governance and support are at the forefront of everything we do at Duncraig.

Teaching staff strive for quality teaching, complemented by a strong focus on the social and emotional well -being of their students’ values. We continually strive to develop new programs and initiatives that reflect the needs of our students and community. Consistent with the School Improvement and Accountability Framework (2008), Duncraig Primary School places successful students at the core of everything we do. This is achieved through an evidence-based approach to the planning and implementation of all academic and non-academic programs, and evaluation of all outcomes in relation to their impact on student achievement and progress.

Duncraig Primary School continually strives to be responsive to students’ individual needs while also building a sense of community through cooperative and collaborative endeavor. We aim for consistently high achievement, and a supportive school culture that maximizes the opportunities of all students to reach their academic, social and personal potential. The school has developed structures and processes to monitor our progress through a cycle of planning, implementation and evaluation of all programs as we constantly seek to improve the daily experience and the long-term outcomes of our students.

The school motto of ‘ Endeavour’ characterises our vision of every day in every classroom, every student is learning and achieving. At Duncraig Primary School, our aim is to provide our students with an academically challenging, safe and caring learning environment that supports their individual needs. We recognise that every child’s academic, physical, emotional and social development is different and cater for this through a range of education programs. Our teaching staff are dedicated educators who work collaboratively to ensure high quality learning programs for our students. The school also offers a comprehensive student services team that caters for the social, emotional and health needs of the children in our care. This includes access to support from the school chaplain and psychologist.

My aim as leader of Duncraig Primary School is to continue to build the school into a “great school with effective teachers and successful students”. Duncraig Primary School has a professional learning community that is based on collaborative processes that focus on results. I would make DPS a “distinctive trusted school”. As Steven Covey states in his book The 8th Habit, “the greatest and most inspiring mountain climbing achievements in history are not so much stories of individual achievement, but are stories of the extraordinary power of a unified, talented, prepared team that stays loyally committed to one another and to their shared vision to the end.”

Lyn Dawson