Leadership Updates

Spotlight on Leadership

CBR Check in

We ask all adult visitors to public schools to use the Check In CBR app to ensure quick and efficient tracing. So if you leave the car when dropping off the kids, or you walk them into the playground, locate a QR code and check in. Please see the front office if you need assistance signing in. Please click here to see latest advice from the ACT Chief Health Officer & the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee. (AHPPC)

Hello everyone!

MaxineI’m hoping that this introduction is not the first time you have seen my face about the school - however as my role has changed, I thought it was best to re-introduce myself. Although I know many of our community members, I am yet to meet you all and I cannot wait until we are all back together onsite again!

My name is Maxine and I am now working as Deputy Principal at MHS alongside Shannon. I have been working at our school since we opened in 2019, and I am excited to continue working with our school community.

As Deputy Principal, I look after our learning communities in years 3-6. Aside from this, a lot of work I do is centred around implementing our Response to Student Need framework. This means working with children, families and educators to make sure that all children are supported to succeed at school. I am passionate about fostering a learning community that is inclusive and welcoming for everyone, and I believe that project-based learning is a powerful way to get all children maximising their full potential. When I’m not at school, you can often find me cooking in the kitchen! I simply love cooking up feasts for other people and learning about food from different cultures. If I’m not cooking, then I’m usually playing or listening to music. I’m always looking to bring passions and interests into school, and welcome any ideas to further enrich the learning at MHS. I’ll also happily welcome any new recipes to try at home! I hope you are all staying happy, safe and healthy throughout this time. We cannot wait to welcome you all back onsite in the near future

Meet our new Director of Family & Community Engagement!

Hi, my name is Aimee Simpson, and I’m delighted to be joining the Margaret Hendry School community as the new Director of Family and Community Engagement.  For the last 20 years I have work closely with children, families, and communities in non-government and government services. I am passionate about improving the quality of services to children and families and contributing to a culture committed to building strong, safe, and connected communities. I look forward to joining the Margaret Hendry School at the end of July!

Our Term 3 Focus - Reading

School Priority: To improve children’s reading capabilities and proficiencies.

  1. Children engage in 5 focused reading workshops a week P-6
  2. Building social and emotional capacity through focus read alouds, collaborative reading P-6 from 9:05am-9:30am

3.  Engaged Readers P-6:

  • Preschool weekly library borrowing
  • K-2 Engagement in home reading
  • Enhanced 3-6 reading conferences/goal setting/ feedback sessions

How can families play an ongoing role in improving reading outcomes in Term 3?

What role do families play?

Being on time

  • Reading workshops begin at 9:05am- if your child is late to school regularly, they miss invaluable, focused reading workshops.

Supporting home reading

  • Support us to support your child’s reading growth by reading with your child at home.
  • Accessing our library family borrowing facility
  • Ask us for guidance and support, we know you are not teachers, you are your child’s first and most important educator

Click here to watch a short video.

Our website is designed to provide current families as well as perspective enrolments with an abundance of useful and insightful information. Enjoy the updates which will be delivered direct to your email inbox in weeks 1, 3, 6 and 9 each term. Families have access to Preschool Regulations, Learning updates, Term Calendar, Relevant Policies, Facebook updates and lots more. We are always open to feedback around what else you would like to see on our website. If you have feedback please connect with us in person or email the school directly on MargaretHendry@ed.act.edu.au.