Dear Parents and Carers,
International Space Station (ISS) link up
Houston… We have lift off!
NASA has confirmed that our 10 minute link up with the International Space Station will take place at 6:39pm next Monday 20 May. That is providing that all the stars are aligned - figuratively speaking! This fabulous opportunity to connect with the ISS was organised by Stevan Dimovski, one of our Curtin parents back in February – thank you Stevan! The link up will be held in the main hall from 5:45-7:00pm. All students, families and space nerds are invited to attend. NASA has requested that people are seated well before the actual link up time and because of the need for quiet during the link up, we ask parents that if possible toddlers and babies do not attend.
Some of our students will be asking US astronaut, Tyler Nick Hague, 20 questions that they have written themselves and were submitted to NASA at the end of last term for approval. Joshua M, Mia D, Hugh A, Avinka K, Max W, Lucy K, Andre D, Cailin P, Ben M, Hannah R, Ben H and Emily T will be asking these questions and they have been busy practising them during this week.
This week our year 3 and 5 students began NAPLAN testing. Our year 5 students are sitting their tests during the morning session, with the year 3 students completing theirs during the middle session of the day. It is important that students arrive to school on time so that the start of their session is not disrupted. If in the event of unavoidable absences for any of the tests, we will provide the opportunity for catch up sessions early next week.
The 2019-2023 school improvement plan designed after our school review last year identified three priorities. These are writing, number and developing dispositions for learning. This year, we have actioned our work to increase student success as writers. In the classroom, all staff are focused on increasing student skills, confidence and enjoyment as writers.
Teachers have also been working through meetings to build our knowledge of the craft of writing as well as the process of teaching writing. We have developed shared practices to ensure consistency across the school. This has been informed by unpacking research about best teaching practice, as well as sharing the wide range of knowledge and experience of our teachers. We have also spent time analysing writing samples to ensure teachers knows each child’s strengths and next steps for learning. It is exciting to see impact of this professional learning in classrooms, with high quality writing pieces resulting from explicit teaching and editing.
Later this term, we will have a visiting incursion from World of Maths. Students in K-6 will participate in hands on challenges, promoting a positive attitude towards maths and experiencing maths related to practical and real-life situations. Activities will be a mix of guided discovery and problem-solving, containing tasks in the strands of number, space, measurement, graphs, statistics and logical thinking and sequencing. For students in the younger years, activities will use visuals to explain the questions and students will attempt these with the help of a buddy or parent in their session. Notes will be coming home this week. If you are a parent of a junior student and will be able to assist on the day, please record that when returning the permission slip.
Response to Intervention (RTI) program
To ensure students develop literacy skills, we provide a flexible and adaptable model of learning intervention. Teachers look at student results and collaborate to ensure support is provided as needed. This can occur within the classroom through groups, across the year level or through a small withdrawal group or individual intervention program. Intervention is provided by class teachers, LSAs or a specialist teacher. Clare Farr and Nicole Moore are the intervention teachers in 2019. Specialist support teachers are resourced within the school and this approach does not occur in all schools. The Curtin executive and School Board plan staffing each year to determine the best feasible level of support.
The Student Support Team, led by our deputy principal, Maryanne Hayes, guide decisions about the type of support provided for each student. While intervention is a flexible approach that adapts to student needs, the support team ensures a consistent approach and transparency across teams. If you have questions about additional support for your child, please speak to their class teacher or Maryanne.
Enjoy your week,