World Teachers Day
Last Friday was World Teachers Day. Our teachers work incredibly hard to support the learning and wellbeing growth of every student and this focus has not shifted despite the challenging circumstances of this year. On behalf of the community I would like to acknowledge and thank the staff at Henley Beach for their ongoing efforts.
Pupil Free Day Reflection
Our school’s current improvement priorities are focused on improving children’s achievement in writing, reading and mathematics and last Friday staff participated in a whole school review of student achievement and progress in these areas. A range of achievement data was explored by staff to identify current strengths and areas of growth. Overall, our school’s achievement in writing, reading and mathematics, as measured by departmental assessments (including NAPLAN, PAT Reading and Mathematics, Running Records and Year 1 Phonics Screening) is quite positive, however all staff are committed to improving our current level of performance. To complement this whole school process, teacher teams have recently been analysing achievement information at the class and student level, in both reading and mathematics, to help inform class planning and programming.
During the second part of the pupil free day our staff looked at a range of new curriculum planning resources that have been released by the Department for Education. These documents will be a valuable resource to support teacher planning and programming and strengthen our delivery of the Australian Curriculum.
End of Year Concert Planning
Over the last few weeks staff have been planning our end of year celebration. From these discussions, and through consulting with Governing Council, a plan has been developed which we hope has found some middle ground in the current COVID-19 situation and our goal of engaging with families. Consequently the end of year celebration will be held during school time and follow the following format:
Date: Friday 4 December
Location: School gym.
Format: From 9am, R-2, Yr 3-4 and Yr 5-7 classes will each have a dedicated time to perform a class item in front of a family member (one parent per child). A parent/carer from each family will be able to ‘book’ a ticket to watch their child’s performance (this system will be set up closer to the concert date).
We acknowledge that this is quite different to previous end of year celebrations but hope families understand that the current situation warrants this change. Along with the year level performances, later in the morning on the same day, all classes will come together in the gym to watch each other’s item (no parents/carers will be in the audience). This will be recorded and made available to families.
Our recent celebration of Book Week was a success. The children looked great in their costumes and it was terrific to listen to students share what they had been doing in class along with the fantastic array of work that was on display in the courtyard shelter area. Thank you to all of the parents and carers who were able to come along to the parade; we appreciated your willingness to support the school’s requests for this event.
Congratulations to our team of students who participated in the District SAPSASA Athletics Day last Thursday. Along with many individual achievements, Henley Beach was deemed the overall winner amongst other participating large schools. Well done kids! Thanks to Renee Hanna for coordinating this opportunity for our students as it takes much time to coordinate the team selection process. Thanks also to Tracy Marks for helping manage the team on the day and the assistance provided by our parent helpers.
Governing Council is committed to providing a high quality OSHC service and is seeking feedback from the school community. A survey will be made available in the coming days which will provide an opportunity for families to share feedback on the current service; what is working well and areas for improvement. Families who do not currently use the service are encouraged to complete the survey as well. Please note, the survey feedback will be collated by the school and the results will be shared at Governing Council to help inform future decision making.
Next week we will be acknowledging Remembrance Day with a whole school ceremony. A small group of senior students have done much work in preparing for the ceremony and we look forward to this important day.
End of Year Reports
Our school has recently undertaken a new initiative involving the implementation of an online portal that families can access to view their child’s upcoming end of year report (which will be available in week 9 of this term). In the coming week a letter will be sent home that will provide instructions for how to set up your access to the portal. Consequently, a hard copy of end of year reports will only be made available upon request under special circumstances; please contact the front office if this applies to you. We hope this arrangement will ensure all families have timely access to their child’s reports in the future.
Donna Nitschke, our current Student Wellbeing Leader, has been successful in winning this position for the next 2 years. This is a positive outcome for the school; Donna has a large breadth of professional knowledge and experience in the social and emotional development of children and will be looking to build upon the work that she has commenced this year with students and staff.
Term 4 Swimming Lessons
Swimming lessons for Reception to Yr 5 students will occur this term. The allocated week for each class is below:
Week 7 (23/11 – 27/11): Mrs Duff, Mrs Burner, Mr Springer, Ms Roberts, Mr Johnston, Miss Murphy, Miss Vidov, Ms Whittaker, Mrs Jones/ Mrs Perry and Mrs Cook.
Week 9: (7/12 – 11/12): Mr Kitchin, Mrs Jones/ Miss Stevens, Mrs Evans and Mrs Paspastamatis
Please note that the swimming centre has requested that no parents attend to view the lessons.
End of Year Volunteer Award
Each year our school benefits greatly from volunteer assistance and as a way of recognising someone who has made a significant contribution in their support of students, class activities and school events, an annual award is presented. If you would like to nominate a volunteer for this award please do so in writing by Friday 13 November. In your nomination please include the following information:
· Your name and the name of the volunteer being nominated.
A brief summary why this person is being nominated (1-2 paragraphs).