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Principal’s Message

A message from our Principal Lorraine Gurnett

Thursday 10th December 2020


I would like to congratulate our Grade 2 Students for a fantastic Grade 2 sleepover. Thank you to Ms Moore and Ms Jones for organising, Mr Carver for sleeping over too (even though he did snore a bit!) and ALL the teachers for joining in throughout the afternoon/ evening/ morning.

Thank you to Ms Young, Ms Duggan and Mr Davis for organising the Grade 3/4 camp due next week. Such a great way to end a very different year!

On the State wide transition day all students moved up a grade and spent the morning with their teacher for 2021. (The Kinder students joined us until recess). I hear that the Grade 6 students had a fantastic time at high school.

Prep to Grade 2 students will start their water safety program tomorrow (Friday 11th December). Here’s hoping for some lovely warm weather!

We are looking forward to our Grade 6 Graduation evening on Thursday, 17th December at the school, especially as family members are now able to attend.

Thank you also to the parents who made and sold produce at the Foster Farmer’s Market – it was certainly a great success. The next market is Saturday, 19th December – great chance to buy those last minute Xmas gifts!

Congratulations also to our Grade 5 students who have given a talk, written an application and been interviewed as part of the process for selecting our 2021 student leaders. They have done a phenomenal job and the new school leaders will be announced next week.


The end of this Term sees a few staff changes.  We farewell Liz Kindellan, after many, many years at Foster Primary School.  We wish her many more great adventures in retirement and thank her for her many years of service in the education sector.   I would also like to let you know that Ms Dunlop will be finishing at Foster Primary School at the end of this term and we wish her all the best for the future.  A language program will be continuing in 2021.  I would also like to congratulate Nat Oudyn who will be assisting the kitchen program next year.  We also welcome Mrs Bell back in 2021.  She will be teaching our prep students.

On a sad note I will be ending my career in education at the end of this term.  I have had a very long and rewarding career, having taught in two countries, many schools, primary and secondary from Prep to Grade 12 and been a Leading Teacher, Assistant Principal and culminating with Principal at Foster PS. I have always given my best to every school I have ever worked in but feel the time is right for me to step away and give someone else the opportunity to take Foster Primary school forward in 2021. It’s been a phenomenal year with many twists and turns so it’s probably only fitting that I add another one!

The process is well underway to seek a temporary replacement (full process for new Principal to take place in Term 2, 2021) and I should be notified by early next week as to who this short term replacement will be. Unfortunately, the process has taken some time but I wanted you to know that this was happening and reassure you that everything is being put in place for a smooth transition for your children.

I wish you all a great end to the term, a fantastic summer break with family and friends and a super start to 2021.


Kind regards,