We are currently determining our class structure for 2024 based on a range of factors. These include:
- the estimated numbers of students in each year level
- staff and team teaching arrangements
- the learning needs of all students
- class locations and more.
This also involves knowing about who will be teaching at Hallett Cove East Primary School in 2024 and the year levels each teacher will be taking, usually not fully confirmed until closer to the end of the school year. Typically, there are changes to staffing each year, including teachers leaving, teachers returning from or taking leave, and teachers increasing / decreasing their fraction of time. A number of teachers will be working in part-time capacity where classes are shared over the school week.
Each year, class groupings are configured based on student numbers across all year levels. Schools are funded on the basis of 26 students per class in Reception to Year 2 and 30 students per class in Years 3 to 6. As is the case in most schools, composite classes will be formed along with straight year level classes. Composite classes are no different to straight year level classes where a range of student abilities and learning dispositions exist. Teachers work closely in professional learning teams to plan learning programs catering for a range of ages and abilities in every class, composite and straight year levels.
In placing students in classes there are many factors to consider, including; learner achievement, the social and emotional needs of students, behaviour, gender, special needs and friendships.
Every effort is made to place students with at least one friend. Teachers will be inviting students to complete a confidential friendship survey where they will be asked to nominate 5 students with whom they would like to learn next year.
- Friendships often change for many students from year to year. Students are encouraged to develop new friendships each year, which is a life skill and helps build resilience.
- In some cases it is advantageous for some students to be placed in separate classes.
- Friendships across classes and year levels are supported and encouraged at play times. Good friendships thrive and grow in these times and beyond school times. Parents are well placed to support these friendships beyond the school day.
As part of the process for establishing classes for 2024, parents and caregivers may wish to share any important information which they believe should be considered in the placement of their child/children. To streamline parent input, a ‘Student Placement Parent Input Form’ has been developed which can be accessed either through Audiri or at the front office. Parents can provide information which will be considered by the school when determining class groups. The ‘Student Placement Parent Input Form’ must be completed and returned to the front office, marked ‘ATTENTION MATTHEW CHAPMAN - CLASS PLACEMENT PROCESS’ by no later than Wednesday 8th November. Information will only be considered if in writing and received by the due date.
- Requests for/not for specific teachers will not be considered in the placement process.
- Specific requests to be / not to be in a composite class will not be considered.
- Teachers are in the best position to place students, according to the factors outlined.
A great deal of thought, planning and time goes into forming new classes. It is the responsibility of the Principal to make the final decision on class structures and the placement of students. We respectfully ask that you trust us in making these important decisions. We expect to be able to share 2024 class placements with students and families during week 9 of this school term.