Term 1 is well and truly underway and as we head for the halfway mark - yes it really is the end of week 5 - we still have a number of upcoming school events. Swimming for Reception to Year 5 continues in week 6 - it looked like a whole heap of fun today when I attended to see children do their ‘Fun Friday’ lesson. The National Day of Action against Bullying and our whole-school Connected Curriculum day of action, which will focus on Harmony Day and the bringing together of people, are coming up in weeks 7 and 8. We pride ourselves on our inclusive approach to ensuring all children feel supported and recognise the diversity within our family community. Please take time to read the information around the innovative Wellbeing Hub that Ms Rozika has provided for families - another way our school is helping to support the social and emotional needs of our children. Our busy term events will culminate with our annual whole-school Sports Day on Wednesday in week 11.
To help you keep up to date with school events our administrator Rachel Roe has added key whole-school calendar events in Schoolbag - and the best bit: you can click and add them to your own smartphone calendars! Another great way for you to keep up to date with school. A big thank you to Rachel for her initiative and expertise in improving our systems.
At the start of this week school leaders were fortunate to attend a state wide Literacy conference held by The Department. One of the key messages that resonated with us was the 'Learning in Partnership' schools need to have with every one of its families. Class teachers are communicating with families through their use of apps and our key focus of this is to ensure your child can share some of their learning with you. Please remember we are all learners and different teachers are at different stages of embedding this. Of importance is the message around staff wellbeing and that we need to respect teacher’s personal time. Out of hour responses are done at each teacher’s discretion.
Another big conference message to share is the relentless focus on ensuring every child is a reader and enjoys reading. Believing they ‘can read’ and that they ‘can be a good reader’ is important in developing every child’s confidence and attitude. Being a good reader supports your child’s learning in all areas of the curriculum. Having a growth mindset and belief they can read is just as important - research shows this is significant in improving each child’s achievement.
One of the key data sets shared at the conference correlated how 20, 10 and 1 minute reading per day aligned with students increased vocabulary and corresponding outcomes in tests. It is of no surprise that the more you read, and the more you discuss what you read, correlates with higher achievement.
With the advent of technology have we narrowed the time our children spend on reading? This was a big question posed and one in which I as a parent reflected upon. What one difference can you make to your child’s home learning routines that can encourage good home reading habits? Encouraging a time every day for your child to read, or be read to, is perhaps one of the most important habits to have.
Across our site we have high expectations of every child and their literacy development. We want every child to be fluent readers, to enjoy reading and access a wide range of books to read. Our library is open before and after school (except Wednesday) and we encourage you to come in and help your child to choose some books they can enjoy and share with you.
Happy reading, stay cool and enjoy some quality family time this weekend.
Please accept our apologies - We forgot to mention three vital members of our Governing Council.. Allyson Wood, Sarah Daly and Jillian Lee.