Last week we had a visit from the Education Director and Local Education Team (LET) from Noarlunga Office. The LET visited a number of classes to observe learning that aligns with our whole site improvement goals on Literacy and Numeracy. The team was very impressed by the high quality of teaching and learning that was occurring in our school. Of particular note was the way students engaged in and were able to talk about their learning to a high level. The LET visits all schools in the Marion Coast Partnership a couple of times each year and provides feedback for the school to consider.
Student Free Day
This Friday, as you know, we have our second student free day for the year. This is a terrific opportunity for teachers and support staff to engage in professional learning. Our program includes staff learning that is aligned to literacy and numeracy approaches detailed in our site improvement plan. We will be focused on further developing approaches to our daily instructional routine for Literacy, moderating Mathematics tasks for consistency of teacher assessment and developing knowledge of problem solving in Mathematics. We look forward to a productive day of learning.
Semester One Reports
Our teachers have been busy writing reports in preparation for the end of semester one. Significant work is done by teachers throughout the semester in bringing together student reports, including teaching and assessment tasks that are designed to demonstrate a student’s skills, knowledge and understanding, aligned with the Australian Curriculum. There is also a great deal of care taken in developing general comments to identify student strengths and areas for further development in the second half of the year. Today you should receive an invitation to parent, teacher, student learning discussions where you can discuss your child’s learning in detail with the classroom teacher. We are trialing an online booking system through Audiri, which we hope will make things efficient for everyone. Information has been sent today about how to book an interview. A copy of the mid-year report will be distributed at the discussion.
Some of our Lighthouse Leaders recently conducted a Uniform Survey across all classrooms at school. The survey was designed to see that students were dressed in the correct school uniform colours. No individual students were identified or singled out as part of the survey. We discovered that approximately 85% of students were dressed in the correct school colours on the day. We are very proud of our school uniform and love seeing all students in the correct uniform. We will be conducting another survey soon to compare the results.
National Survey on Public Education
All teachers, parents and students are encouraged to have a say on the future of education from a national perspective. A survey has been created to gather perspectives on a range of issues including how to support and retain teachers in the profession and how to improve student health, wellbeing, and educational outcomes across Australian Schools. The survey is open until Friday, 23 June 2023. Please click this link to read the letter from the Education Minister.
We wish all families a happy and safe long weekend.