Acting Principal's Report - Mel Douglas
Mr. Mc Clare returns
It is with great pleasure that we can advise the school community that Shaun will be back at school next Monday 7th August and he is very much looking forward to being back. Thanks to everyone that helped cover his duties during his absence, your efforts are very much appreciated.
Curriculum & Special programs
Over the past fortnight, students have settled easily back into classroom routines and are demonstrating excitement about their new unit topics. In the Prep Unit, they are learning about Toys, the Grade 1/2 unit are discovering Fairy Tales, the 3/4 unit are investigating Puppetry and the 5/6 unit are discovering Great Inventions of the past and future.
Last week, the 5/6 unit had an incursion where they learned all about 3D software design, how to print to a 3D printer and also about coding to program a robot to perform certain functions. Many students particpated in the Australian Mathematics competition (thanks to Mrs Reiner for stepping in to conduct these), there were cricket clinics and basketball during our Sport sessions, some students entered the Heathmont Secondary College Maths Challenge, the Preps visited Community Kids Child Care Centre, the 1/2s have had a year 9 Heathmont SC sports workshop and of course, our Sounds of Africa drumming workshops continued - so there were plenty of extra curricular opportunities for our students over the past 2 weeks at school.
Preps 100 days of school
This week, our Preps will celebrate their first 100 days of primary school with a special 100 days celebration. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our fantastic Prep staff, Lisa Reiner & Sam Howden for the dedication they have to our Preps and making their first 100 days so enjoyable. They really have come a long way!
Curiouser & Curiouser
On Monday, staff surprised the student community by coming to school dressed in the theme of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ characters to promote our education focus of fostering Curiosity within our learning programs. Students also brought in ‘curious’ objects to share in our TRIBES cross community groups that lead to some great discussion. I n my TRIBES group we had an ostrich egg, a box brownie camera and a telescope to name a few objects that sparked our curiosity.
Staff Professional Development
Staff have been busy looking at data from Semester 1 and discussing how to track our students’ learning in order to develop progress over the next semester. We have been working hard to develop visual records such as data charts that we can use to share our year level data, looking for trends, areas of strengths and areas for improvements in our programs and teaching practices to build our collective teaching capacity. It is wonderful that we have such committed staff who share the ownership and care of students in their year levels to ensure learning outcomes are monitored and continue to be built upon.
There are a few very exciting events happening this Friday 4th August.
- We have our ‘Jeans for Genes’ day being hosted by our Junior School Council. Students and staff are invited to wear their denim jeans or a denim jacket with their school uniform and bring along a gold coin donation to help with the Children’s Medical Research Institute.
- The School Disco is also on. We hope to see as many students as possible at this fantastic event.
- Good luck to our Grade 5/6 Tee Ball team whom on Friday will compete in their Grand Final.
Just a few other points I would like to raise to ensure the ongoing safety of the students and staff in our care:
- Staff carpark – unfortunately, we are still seeing some people using the staff park as an access path to come into school. Please ensure that entering or leaving our school grounds is only via the front/back access gates and not through the car park. Cars are coming and going at all times and it is extremely unsafe.
- Also that the car park is only for staff or authorised vehicles for parking. There is plenty of car parking available down Hardy Crescent. We thank you for your cooperation in these matters.
- A reminder also that students are expected to be in full authorised school uniform as per our uniform policy. No one should be wearing yellow tops anymore. If for some reason your child needs to be temporarily out of uniform on a day, please send them along with a note explaining why they are out of uniform and when we can expect them to be back in uniform. This just all helps to unify our students as belonging to a school community and adheres to our uniform policy.
- Rubbish – a reminder to all students that they should be removing all packaging from their snacks at morning recess and lunches prior to going out into the playground so that rubbish does not get dropped outside and ruin our beautiful school environment.
Mel Douglas - Acting Principal