I trust term four is progressing well for you all. As we get into the middle of term, I am reminded of how busy we all are and just how fast paced schools become at this time of year. We have a number of excursions and special events taking place, which are terrific learning opportunities for our students. I extend my thanks to our staff and wonderful volunteers for enabling these occasions to happen.
In late October we acknowledged World Teacher’s Day in recognition of our fantastic teaching staff here at Hallett Cove East. The theme was ‘Hats off to our teachers.’ Lighthouse Leaders gathered comments from students about their teachers to share at our recent assembly. Thank you to the Governing Council for providing a morning tea.
We have commenced class placement process for 2024. As you saw in our last newsletter, a great deal of care goes into placing children correctly, based on student requests, parent information and teacher knowledge. We were very pleased this week to welcome families of new reception children commencing in 2024. It was a great turn out and lovely to meet new and continuing parents to our school.
Today our Lighthouse Leaders led an assembly to recognise Remembrance Day, which of course is on November 11. The leaders did a heartfelt and commendable job in leading this very important occasion.
At our recent student free day, we spent considerable time analysing student achievement data in reading. Teachers spent time considering the data from an individual student, team and school-wide perspective and the implications for teaching and learning. Following this, teachers were able to moderate student work samples to support consistency with assessment and reporting across the school. As a staff, we are very grateful for these days as it allows opportunity for deeper level of shared discussions on teaching, learning and assessment.
As you are aware, the Department for Education launched a new strategy and purpose statement earlier this year for public education in South Australia. Our school’s thinking is focused on how we incorporate and utilise the opportunities presented by the new statement to enhance our teaching and learning in classrooms and strengthen our whole school approaches. The four Areas of Impact from the strategy provide the vehicle for our thinking:
- Effective Learners
- Equity and Excellence
- Learner Agency
One area we have begun thinking about is that of Effective Learners. Specifically, what it means to be an effective learner at Hallett Cove East Primary School. Some of the areas we are thinking about include creativity and curiosity, making meaningful connections with learning and having the strategic awareness and metacognition to know what to do when you encounter problems and challenges. Over the coming weeks, we will be reviewing our current school plans and teacher actions to incorporate some of our thinking in this area, ready for 2024. I look forward to updating you further on our work with the new strategy.
Classes are eagerly preparing for our School Concert on Wednesday 6th December. There appears to be a great mix of dance and musical items this year. We will be performing in the Big COLA and will provide further details of the event shortly. A number of our early years and primary students have been doing weekly lessons with a dance education company called Footsteps. Their learning will be a highlight of our concert!