To The School Community,
Apologies for the delay in publishing my weekly bulletin.
Firstly I would like to congratulate the students on a wonderful week! I have seen them in many contexts including in class, playing in the yard, performing and competing. As a group they continue to amaze me with their attitude and effort.
Something that stood out to me though is how quickly students can give you an insight into what is going well or what could be improved at a school. The year 5/6 students have given me some gold to reflect on this week. The feedback about the assessment cycle, goal setting and workshop model continues to make an impact on students learning and their connection to what they need to learn next.
The teaching teams put a great deal of effort into their planning for the students using this model academic and gives us confidence in delivering learning opportunities for our students.
Some students also shared with me their connection to the SMART Spelling program delivered at our school. It uses a direct instruction model ( which based on research has a high impact impact on learning) and supports children in developing an understanding of spelling strategies and rules. The challenge for some students is when they are highly effective spellers that they feel restricted by the program. Thankfully the year 5/6 team have responded to this feedback providing spelling investigations to extend those that are in the highest percentiles of achievement in this area.
Please take the opportunity to provide feedback that will be included in our School Review later this year. You can do this in the foyer at the school office or complete the survey using the link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9RTPH9D
I appreciate the effort people have already made to support this process and look forward to further responses.
SHEEP WASH CLASSIC
Our annual fun run will be held on Easter Saturday 20th April which is the last weekend of the upcoming school holidays. We would like to encourage as many participants as possible for the run as well as volunteers for the many tasks required on the day. Stay tuned for more about how you can volunteer but you can enter online at www.registernow.com.au or seek further info at the office.
Last Day of Term one, 5th April, Assembly will be at 9:10 am to allow time for a music concert in the afternoon.
School finishes at 2:30.
See below for info from Lee Holden that families may be interested in:
Link at bottom
Online Safety for Parents
Tuesday 26th March
Join a discussion about how to support young people to have a positive and safe experience online. Hosted by Facebook Australia in partnership with Geelong Cats, this event will equip parents with the knowledge, tools and resources to understand and navigate Cyber safety. The event will feature a series of leading and local experts in online safety:
Mia Garlick – Director of Policy, Facebook Australia
Sheldan Alexander – headspace Geelong
Keith Gregory – Cyber Cats Geelong Cats
Fiona Taylor – Principal, Western Heights Secondary College
Dr. Bianca Klettke – Deakin University
6.00 pm – Workshop commences
7.30 pm – Workshop concludes
Light meal and refreshments provided.
Important upcoming dates:
Wed 27th March: Parent Helper Information Session 2
Thurs / Fri March 28th/29th: Year 3 Camp
Friday 29th March: Whole School Assembly
Tues 2 April: Regional Swimming – Selected Entry
Wed 3rd April: Senior Girls AFL Round Robin
Thursday 4th April – Whole School Cross Country (Village Park)
Friday 5th April – Last day of Term
Saturday 20th April – Sheep wash Classic Fun Run – Click here to register
Tuesday 23rd April – First Day Term 2
Thursday 25th April – ANZAC Day Pubic Holiday
Important Information for the last day of term April 5th:
Assembly will be held at 9.10 am.
There will be a music concert held at 1.30 pm from some of our classes with High Voltage Rock School – More information to come.