OBSERVATIONS IN CLASSROOMS
Over the last few weeks, Andrea Hayden and I have been undertaking formal observations in classrooms and specialist programs. We have been looking at how students are learning and interacting with others in that learning, and, the ways that teachers are engaging them in their learning process. We have been very impressed with how students are having a go and using positive mindset to approach their learning. The culture across the school is obviously one where teachers encourage students to rise to challenges and high order thinking in their work and are able to feel safe to do so. There were clear opportunities being provided for students to engage in rich discussions, problem solving and sharing their thinking about how they were problem solving. While the leaders were observing, members of the SVIL team also observed in pairs, with a focus on observing how students were thinking about their learning. They provided students with feedback about what they noticed. There is a lot of interesting work being done across the school in both Literacy and Numeracy areas and in the specialist programs. Why don’t you ask your child about her/his Reading and Mathematics goals and what they have been doing in Reading, Maths and Writing in particular!
… AND CONGRATULATIONS TO HOUSE 9 STUDENTS ON YOUR FABULOUS ART SHOW TODAY. WE CERTAINLY HAVE MANY BUDDING ARTISTS IN OUR MIDST!
REMINDER: INTERVIEWS NEXT WEEK
By now you should have received an invitation and booked a time to meet with your child’s teacher next week. The interview is a time when you and your child will be able to meet with your child’s teacher to share your child’s progress and strengths and discuss areas for improvement. You will also be able to talk about ways you can help your child at home and encourage responsibility for learning. Your child needs to participate in this discussion so it is very important that s/he attends the meeting with you. Your child’s semester 1 written summary report will also be tabled at the meeting. The semester 1 written report does not have comments for specific subject areas (only achievement levels and effort). This information will be shared at the meeting.
If you have not yet booked a time for an interview, I strongly encourage you to do so, as it is a very important opportunity to share information about your child’s development and semester 1 written report.
Please note that due to current COVID expectations, we ask you to please scan in (or sign in) at the classroom door and maintain social distancing at all times while waiting. It is also preferred that siblings are not brought to the interview.
Please note that on Wednesday 23rd June from 3:30 to 7:00, Houses 1, 4 and 5 will be open with our Specialist Team present for families to visit and speak to them on the way to or from interviews. Wallis Sensei and Gray Sensei, Japanese teachers will be in House 5. Ellie Burford PE/Science teacher will be in House 4, and, Tania Bailey Music/Drama teacher and Emma Belshaw Dance teacher, will begin in House 1 then move to House 4. These teachers look forward to seeing you and sharing information about their programs with you.
YR 7 TO HIGH SCHOOL UPDATE
Please find the latest Yr 7 to High School update here.
DON'T FORGET EARLY DISMISSAL AT 2:05pm ON FRIDAY JULY 2ND
PUPIL FREE DAY – MONDAY 19th JULY
SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY – FRIDAY 10th SEPTEMBER