The Weekly Wrap – Term 1 Week 6 – 2021

Thanks for taking time to read through this week’s wrap.

Best wishes for the week ahead.

Regards, Paul, Rob and Nicky.

Reminder – Student Free Day – Friday 5th March

Our first Student Free Day is this Friday 5th March. Teachers will be spending the day inputting learning data into a new learning data portal, Scorelink. Scorelink is a software tool which automates many data processes that are typically done manually, which will further help us to track and monitor student learning.

Please note – OSHC is open for bookings.

To Note

Congratulations and well done to the students who represented Craigburn on Friday evening at the School Sports Swimming Carnival at the Marion Outdoor Pool. Thank you to Mrs Pettman and families for supporting the team on the night.

Annual General Meeting 

Thank you to the parents and staff who attended our Annual General Meeting last Monday evening where reports were shared by various school groups who shared highlights and achievements of the 2020 school year. The reports can be accessed here.

Elections were held for the 2021 governing council – with the following parents elected to governing council for this year. Continuing members: Steve Bottrill, Kylie Basley, Katelyn Adams, Belinda Cece, Sam Slattery and Alice Hilberdink. New Members: Catherine Argent, Kathryn Stone, Nicole Rizzo-Gray, Kelly Howlett, Rebecca May, Ahmad Khalaf and Kim Altschwager.

The new governing council will be convening soon to establish various sub committees.

A very special mention and thank you to retiring members Lisa Barkham, Jane Syme, Larissa Chapman and Jodie Williams for their work and support on Governing Council throughout 2020.

The Minister’s Volunteer Award was announced – details here. Congratulations Jane and Lisa.

Thank you also to Senior Leader, Nicky Taylor and Deputy Principal, Rob Warncken for their opening spotlight – ‘Learning in COVID times – what did we learn?’

Learning Improvement 

As part of the ongoing implementation of our learning improvement plan, teaching and learning support staff are continuing to develop and refine their instructional teaching practices. This has involved ongoing professional development in Explicit Direct Instruction with teachers implementing reading, writing, spelling and maths lessons using teaching strategies which have a high impact on student learning. These include: high-level questioning, checking for understanding, daily / weekly reviews, presenting new material using small steps, providing models / worked examples and guided practice. 

Learning programs to note 


Reception to Year 2 teachers are now in their third year of implementing IntiaLit – a systematic approach to teaching synthetic phonics.

InitiaLit–Reception and InitiaLit–Year 1 focus on two main components: 

  • Phonics, to systematically and explicitly teach the basic and advanced alphabetic code in a set sequence. Children will be introduced to letter-sound correspondences, common morphemes and simple grammatical concepts. 
  • Vocabulary, oral language and listening comprehension through quality children’s literature. Detailed lessons, including writing tasks, are provided for each of the storybook titles selected. 

In InitiaLit–Year 2, the scope of the program broadens to cover four main components: 

  • Spelling, teaching the remainder of the advanced alphabetic code systematically and explicitly, as well as new spelling rules and morphological concepts.
  • Reading comprehension and fluency. This includes explicitly teaching students comprehension strategies and how to apply them to different types of text.
  • Grammar, in which children learn key grammatical features and how to apply them to a writing task.
  • Vocabulary, oral language and comprehension through children’s literature. Detailed lessons, including writing tasks, are provided for 15 storybook titles. Two novel studies are included for use towards the end of the year. 

Well done to our early years team who are delivering this program.

The Writing Revolution

Up to 12 teaching staff are currently engaged in a 6-8 week program of professional learning in The Writing Revolution.

These sessions are conducted on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 6.30am – 8.00am and facilitated by presenters in the US via Zoom. There are approximately 70 educators from around Australia engaged in these sessions, for the first time. 

The Writing Revolution (TWR) involves training and supporting teachers and school leaders in implementing the Hochman Method, an explicit set of evidence-based strategies for teaching writing. TWR approach builds from sentences to compositions and is embedded in curriculum across all content areas and year levels.

Spelling Mastery

Spelling Mastery is a spelling program in place for students across Years 3-7 to help students learn and develop spelling skills through a highly structured method that blends the following approaches:

  • Phonemic approach – helps beginning spellers learn the relationships between spoken sounds and written letters and then apply them to spelling
  • Morphemic approach – exposes advanced spellers to prefixes, bases, and suffixes
  • Whole-word approach – gives spellers at all levels the meaning and root of a word and shows how the word’s spelling is influenced

Sharing highlights

Over the last 18 months we have hosted many teachers, school leaders and department personnel at Craigburn, sharing our learning of these literacy programs. Our teachers have also gladly presented their learning to other schools, which has been greatly appreciated and valued.

At the next statewide Literacy Guarantee Conference we have been invited to present our learning and work in delivering Spelling Mastery.

We would especially like to acknowledge our dedicated teachers and support staff for their ongoing commitment to improving learning outcomes for Craigburn students.

Yearly Planner Update – Key Dates

Please check in with these key dates / events on our 2021 school calendar 

Term 1 Planner

With COVID restrictions in place, we will continue to post updates for events / activities once they are confirmed.

  • Tuesday 16/2 – Acquaintance Evening
  • Monday 22/2 – Annual General Meeting
  • Friday 26/2 – Southern Heights Swimming Carnival
  • Thursday 4/3 – Schools Clean Up Day
  • Friday 5/3 – Student Free Day
  • Monday 8/3 – Adelaide Cup Public Holiday
  • Friday 12/3 – School Group Tour (9.15am)
  • Monday 22/3 – Friday 26/3 – Swimming Week for Years 3-5
  • Monday 22/3 – Student-led conferences begin
  • Tuesday 23/4 Wednesday 24/3 – Year 6/7 Aquatics at Port Noarlunga
  • Monday 29/3 – Student-led conferences continue
  • Wednesday 31/3 – School Group Tour (9.15am)
  • Good Friday 2/4
  • Easter Monday 5/4
  • Friday 9/4 – End of Term 1

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