Today the R-2 class planted a special tree at the front of the school to officially welcome Mr Jolley, the new Principal, to Henley Beach Primary.
Staff Training and Development
Earlier this week all Henley Beach staff participated in a professional development day. For teaching staff, the focus was on the moderation of student learning in literacy and numeracy. The format of the day involved our teachers meeting with teachers from other schools in the Western Adelaide Partnership to discuss and analyse samples of student work with the intention of identifying if it was below, at or above standard in relation to the Australian Curriculum achievement standards. The benefits of teachers engaging in this work are several:
· Collaborative moderation has been identified in current research as a practice that is significant in driving intentional, responsive learning and assessment design.
· Moderation aims to build consistency and confidence in teacher judgement through developing a shared understanding of the achievement standard and therefore providing an effective platform for the determination of A-E grades.
· Moderation provides the opportunity for teachers to reflect on and share practice, and deepen their professional knowledge to ensure high expectations and learning growth occurs for every student.
Our SSO staff also had the opportunity to participate in an information session facilitated by Dr Donna Nitschke, our school’s Student Wellbeing Leader. Key topics covered during this session included the importance of executive function and fostering emotional development within students. At Henley Beach, alongside student learning in each curriculum area, a key priority is for all children to develop positive skills and dispositions that enable them to engage and take control of their learning. Donna has provided some further information about this area in this week’s newsletter which we hope you will find of interest.
Student Safety Information
Morning arrival time: Over the past few weeks it has become increasingly noticeable that some students have been arriving at school very early. 8.30am is the designated time for when students should arrive at school as this coincides with yard supervision commences.
Burford Road pedestrians: Families will have noticed that the pedestrian crossings on this road are now being supervised by staff and the school has commenced a process to have SAPOL train our senior students to act as crossing monitors. Currently some students cross Burford Rd in areas beyond the designated crossings and we request families speak to their child/ren about safe pedestrian habits, including making use of the appropriate zones. Children who are riding bikes/scooters to school are required to walk their bike across these crossings.
Our school sports day will be held on Friday, 18 September. This week students have started practising their team chants which will no doubt build their excitement ahead of the day. Sports Day will officially commence with an opening ceremony and school warm up that will be held on the Metcalfe Lawn in the morning. As has been previously communicated, families will not be allowed to come onto the school grounds during the day.
Kiwanis Terrific Kids Award
At our school assembly in week 6 several of our students were presented with a Kiwanis Terrific Kids Award. Congratulations to the following students:
Katelyn K Year 7
Haris J Year 7
Harper M Year 1
Acis K Year 3
Parent engagement survey
A parent engagement survey was made available, via an SMS or email link, to families earlier this week. The survey, which is being coordinated centrally by the Department for Education, is an important part of our school’s improvement processes and is a great opportunity to get valuable insights from our families. All families are encouraged to complete the survey.