The end of term is rapidly approaching. The cold and wet weather certainly has its challenges! It has been a busy and productive period for our school.
Local Education Team – School Visit
A couple of weeks ago I shared with you that we had a visit from the Local Education Team, including our Education Director. This week we received written feedback and some of the things the team highlighted were:
- High quality teacher instruction in each classroom
- Teachers’ deep understanding of individual students
- High level of dialogue by students about their learning
- Culture of calm and consideration across our school.
These highlights are a credit to the teachers and students of our fantastic school.
Member of Parliament Visit
Last week we welcomed our local member of state parliament, the Hon. David Speirs, MP to the school on Friday. Three of our Lighthouse Leaders; Casey, Cooper and Alex did a wonderful job promoting their school, answering questions and accompanying Mr Speirs on his school tour. Well done and thank you to our student leaders!
Student Free Day – 09 June
We had a very productive Student Free Day on Friday 09 June with a focus on Mathematics problem solving, moderation of Maths student learning tasks in preparation for term two reports and further discussions on the implementation of Literacy practices across the school. On non-teaching staff engaged in professional learning from a visiting speech pathologist as well as learning more about Decodable texts with our own Nicole Gully. Such days are highly valued by our staff and we truly extend our gratitude to the school community for supporting these days.
Student Parent Teacher Discussions
Thank you to all families who booked student, parent, teacher learning discussions using our new online booking system this term. We hope this transition to an online booking system is a more efficient approach for everyone.
We look forward to the learning discussions during week 9. This is an excellent opportunity for teachers to talk through the mid-year progress report with you and for students to share their learning in a meaningful way. We ask that you arrive slightly ahead of your scheduled time and that learning discussions with teachers are kept to the allotted 15 minutes. Our specialist classrooms will be open between 3:30 and 7pm on Tuesday night. Please also note that there will not be staff available to supervise siblings during interviews. Andrea and I will be available in the yard or near classrooms on most days if you would like to catch up for a quick chat or to say hello.
Last newsletter I notified you of the uniform survey that was completed by the Lighthouse Leaders. We conducted a second uniform survey on behalf of the Governing Council who set the agreed uniform for our school and we can share that 85-86% of students were identified as being in correct school colours, consistent with our previous survey. One of the non-school colours identified was black (black shorts / track pants / black leggings). Black is not a school colour and we encourage all students to dress appropriately, every day in school colours which are maroon, grey and light blue. We thank you for your cooperation with this.
Nationally Consistent Collection of Data
Our teachers have commenced recording information for the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data for students with disabilities. This data collection process requires schools across Australia to identify all students with disabilities or learning difficulties and ensure appropriate learning supports are in place to enable all students to access learning on the same basis as their peers. We will send further information separate to the newsletter.
Here’s hoping for a happy and settled end to term two.