Student Free Day Reminder
A reminder that our first Student Free Day is scheduled for Friday 10th March. The learning focus for our teaching staff on this day will be on ‘collaborative moderation’ – being a statewide priority for DECD schools for 2017.
Teachers will be participating in collaborative moderation processes to further develop their skills in the design and assessment of student learning.
‘Research tells us that collaborative moderation is a highly effective method for building the quality and consistency of teachers’ learning design and assessment practices. Moderation also provides a method for developing consistency of teacher judgement in the assessment of student work. This ensures that the allocation of A-E grades is valid and reliable.’
Support staff will be visiting other schools to further their learning in administrative and learning support practices.
Please note, our OSHC service will be open and is taking bookings.
As per last week’s news post the Annual General Meeting of the Governing Council will be held next Monday 6th March. Nibbles and refreshments will be served from 5.45pm with a chance to talk with current members of the Governing Council.
The AGM will be presented over two sessions with the first session commencing at 6.30pm where nominated staff and students will share learning highlights and achievements from the 2016 school year. The second session will start from 7.20pm which will feature reports from the various council subcommittees. Following these reports, nominations will be called for six vacancies for 2017-18 , where members of the school community will be elected to stand for Council for a 2 year period. Parents interested in nominating are asked to submit their nomination via this link or by completing a parent nomination form click link) and returning it to the front office (forms are available upon request from the office). Nominations are due by Friday 3rd March.
If you would like to attend the annual general meeting without nominating for Governing Council please register your interest here (click link) , by emailing the school on firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting the front office in person or by phone on 8270 4144.
Acquaintance Night Thanks
Thank you to all families who came out on our Acquaintance Evening held two weeks ago. It was wonderful to see so many families visiting our school and to meet with our educators. As previously outlined we wanted a stronger focus on student empowerment and engagement – which was very evident where students proudly acquainted their parents and families with their learning programs and routines. Teachers provided clear and detailed information to families regarding learning programs which we trust you been able to read through. Parent feedback was mostly positive and supportive with many teachers commenting on how pleasing it was to see so many fathers on the evening. At the same time, we have received feedback from some parents who felt that the traditional format would have been more suited to their needs.
We value strong partnership between home and school which forms the foundation for your child’s learning journey and hope that these connections are further strengthened throughout the school year.
Over the last year we have been using the free smartphone / tablet app, QKR! (pronounced Quicker) App for canteen purchases. We are looking to expand the use of this app for other school payments and purchases including, sports registrations, camps, excursions etc. We look forward to introducing these new features from the start of Term 2. We trust that this will be well received and minimise visits to the cash office.
BYO iPad Parent Induction Sessions
We have had a good turnout at our recent BYO iPad Parent Induction sessions with one remaining session in this round, scheduled for Friday morning at 9.00am in the staffroom. We have updated the program information for 2017 for your reference and will be running additional parent sessions in a few weeks.
Today we practised our bushfire procedures for days declared by the CFS as ‘severe’ or ‘extreme’ fire danger. This involves three levels of alert with level 3 being a move to the bushfire refuge (school hall). Students are to be complimented for their efforts in following teachers instructions and being attentive listeners when in the school hall.
On Sunday evening, a tree adjacent to the playground fell. We are very lucky that this happened after hours and with no one on site. We have actioned emergency procedures to assess (by a qualified arborist) all trees and undertake necessary removal and pruning. We aim to use the cut down logs for nature play. The remaining firewood is up for grabs.