I hope that you have had a lovely holiday break. I am very excited to share something that I am so proud of about our school....We have visitors in our school regularly to support teaching and learning. Again in Term 1 we had visitors from other schools, organisations and also relief teachers and it is very common for us to receive consistent feedback, such as:
1. Our staff are extremely welcoming and helpful
2. Our students are eager and ready to learn, have lovely manners and are a delight to teach.
3. Relief teachers stating please book them again, they want to return to Clapham - it is such a positive environment to be in.
4. Everyone supports one another. Our students are inclusive and tolerant. We have excellent wellbeing programs (Smiling Minds, Interoception)
I wish to share some positive feedback we recently received from a recent visitor to our school. This visitor (professional) is from an organisation that supports students in their learning and wellbeing. She said, "I cannot speak highly enough of you all! Your skills in supporting students is amazing from the way you set up the classroom to the strategies and visual supports you have implemented is second to none! Thank you for a wonderful morning and making my heart sing. The students are so lucky to have such a wonderful, dedicated and supportive staff, I cannot thank you enough for all you do….absolutely sensational! It's an absolute pleasure & such a privilege for me to visit your wonderful school, my heart truly sings whenever I see the amazing things going on..it is such a joy & huge credit to you all, it's just sensational."
We are very excited about Term 2. This term is going to be a busy and productive term.
On Tuesday we started with a Pupil Free Day for our staff to attend a professional development session about Maths Teaching and Learning. The day focussed on:
1. Mental Routines
2. Problematised situations (what they are, why we need them and how to 'kid' watch and plan strategy lessons in response to what we notice. This also included knowing what to consider in order to create problematised situations directly targeted at individual students learning needs, knowing what to observe and being able to plan the next step.)
3. The STAR problem solving model to structure problem solving lessons.
Please see pictures below from the training day and some student work samples from implementing the problematised situation.
Term 2 has lots of exciting events, please see below for important dates:
1. Pupil Free Day – 27th of April (Staff professional development, Maths Pedagogy)
2. Cross Country – 7th of May 3. NAPLAN 11-14th of May, Week 3 and NAPLAN catch up Week 4
4. Clapham Cafe – 18th May (can book in through School Interviews)
5. Community Action Day – 22nd of May, Week 4, 2-5pm. We would love to see lots of people to help with our school grounds
6. Camps Year 3/4 (Aldinga) and Year 5-7 (Mylor) 16 – 18th of June
7. Quiz Night (adults only) – 26th of June
8. Student Reports go home – 30th of June
9. Last day of school, early dismissal @2:10pm – 2nd of July