Principal's message

Principal Jo Padgham

Welcome to Turner School. I encourage you to take some time to find out about our unique school. Whether you are a current member of our community or a family looking to join our school community the snapshots on this website provide a window into the school day, our processes and our educational programs and activities as well as our community activities.

I proudly re-joined the Turner School staff in term 2 2012, having previously taught here in the mid 1990s. Turner School has approximately 565 students enrolled across the school, from the preschool programs where children begin their school journey through to year 6 students who are ready to transition to secondary schooling. Inclusive classrooms, programs and playgrounds are a feature of our school and our dedicated and highly skilled staff team work together to meet the needs of all our students.

Turner School opened in 1953 and is one of Canberra's oldest schools. In 2013 we celebrated the school's 60th anniversary. While respecting the many traditions and practices established over these 60 plus years, Turner School continues to embrace educational change. We do this through our classroom and school programs and through the updating of the school's physical spaces, both indoors and outdoors. Our school is committed to ensuring our children become active and informed citizens who are confident and creative learners equipped for our rapidly changing world.

The teaching teams at Turner are experts in the fields in which they teach and have very high levels of pedagogical knowledge and skill, including expert knowledge of teaching strategies. All of us take personal and collective responsibility for improving student learning and wellbeing, working together and learning from each other’s practices. The sharing and showcasing of leading practices are common in our school and we regularly present our practice at conferences and open our classrooms to visiting teachers. Our professional learning communities have an emphasis on the joint analysis of student work and on teaching strategies for improving student learning. Teachers collaboratively plan, deliver and review the effectiveness of lessons.

Our Learning Support Assistant team plays a vital role in supporting children’s learning and our admin team is there to support our whole community. We could not achieve what we do as a school without every staff member’s expertise, professionalism, strong and positive relationships with children and goodwill. We place a very high priority on the ongoing professional learning of all Turner staff and on the development of a school-wide, self-reflective culture focused on improving classroom teaching. We do all this because we know that expert teachers make the best judgements to support your children to learn. I am very proud of our Turner staff.

2017 will see a continuation of upgrades to our external and internal spaces: improvements to the main car park on David Street, some internal painting work, some student toilet upgrades, some hard surface upgrades around our bike rack area and new student furniture to our 1/2 classrooms.

The new Turner School Strategic Plan 2017 to 2021 begins this year and was developed following input from parents, staff and students. Your School Board monitors its implementation along with the staff School Improvement Team. 2016 was an external review year and the review team rated Turner School to be an ‘outstanding’ school.

North Canberra schools are part of a close community network. At Turner we work together with all the public schools ensuring connected transitions for every student. In particular we work closely with the O'Connor Cooperative School and Lyneham High School.

A feature of our school community is the dedicated and enthusiastic support of our parent community. I encourage families to be involved in our school at whatever level they can to ensure all children have a rich school experience.

Our deputy principal, Robyn Watson and I welcome opportunities to meet with current or prospective families. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to learn more about our programs, or to enquire about our enrolment process.

Jo Padgham
Principal