Here we are at the middle of term two. The days and weeks feel like they are really moving fast which is a good sign, that our school is a lively and positive place to work and learn.
This term, our primary years classrooms have begun implementing a program called ‘Promoting Literacy Development’ or PLD. The program is an evidence-based approach to teaching of structured synthetic phonics across year 3-6 classrooms. Staff is engaged in establishing daily routines with students and creating positive classroom experiences with the literacy program. You will increasingly see elements of the program implemented, as teachers become more familiar with the resource, structured teaching approaches and student activities. Our early years classes continue to work on their daily instructional routine which follows our Department for Education’s scope and sequence for teaching phonics and phonemic awareness. We are pleased with the work that classes are doing to support phonological skills and reading development. We know that the knowledge of phonics needs to be taught systematically, sequentially and on a daily basis for automaticity and fluency.
Wellbeing Collection of Data
This term, our students in years 4-6 have participated in the Department’s survey on Wellbeing and Engagement Collection of Data. The survey is available for all children across South Australia and seeks students’ views about their wellbeing and their engagement with school. It asks questions about their social and emotional wellbeing, school relationships, engagement and learning in school, physical health and wellbeing and after school activities. We look forward to receiving our results later in the year and working further with staff and student leaders to understand the data and identify priorities for whole school improvement.
Interviews and Semester One Reports
Information regarding booking processes for interviews will be available soon. As advised through last week’s newsletter, interviews will occur in week 9 and 10 of term two. The night where interview appointments may be available later in the evening, approximately 7:30pm will be Tuesday 27 June. In addition to your child’s class teacher interviews, specialist teachers will also be available so your child can share their learning with you. Further information about times will be sent separately. Teachers have begun report writing, based on their assessment of student learning and progress during the first half of the year with written reports distributed at interviews.
Year 3/4 Camps
Next week students in House 3 and House 4 embark on their camp to Arbury Park. This is followed by House 6 students heading to Woodhouse in week 6. Camps are a wonderful experience for students to develop their independence and ability to work with others, whilst build lifelong memories together. For many it will be their first time away from home so no doubt there will be lots of nervous excitement next week! Our teachers have worked really hard in planning this experience and we wish them well for a successful time away.
We are very pleased to share that Isobella S in 9E has been selected to represent South Australia at the School Sport Australia Diving Championships, to be held in Sydney in August. Congratulations Isabella, we are very pleased for you and wish you well in your competition.