Celebrating our Successes
It has been so wonderful over recent weeks to celebrate some great successes here at Kilsyth Primary School.
Our Community Fair last month was a HUGE success, raising over $7,500 for our school. This fantastic outcome is due to the hard work and dedication of many people who have shown a great passion and commitment for our school. At our school assembly on Friday I was pleased to be able to publically acknowledge Mel Cooper and Amy Davis who led the team in making the day the success that it was. The benefits this will bring our students will be long lasting.
Take a look at some of the photos of the day on the next page of this newsletter.
International Competition and Assessment for Schools (ICAS)
Results for students participating in this year’s ICAS program have come into the school and we are thrilled at the achievements of our students. We have a number of students who have received Credits and Distinction awards. A Credit places students in the top 25% of all students participating in the international competition, and a Distinction is award to those students in the top 10% of all students. We have had students achieve Credits and Distinctions in English, Maths, Digital Technologies, and Spelling. We have even had one student achieve a High Distinction for Science – placing them in the top 1% of all participating students. We are so very proud of our students. Make sure you are at assembly this Friday to see the certificates handed out!
Levelled Literacy Intervention (LLI)
This year we have introduced a new approach to supporting students in developing their literacy skills, particularly reading. Known as LLI, it involves small groups of students working intensively with a teacher for 30mins a day, three times a week. This year it has mainly been Junior School students participating and we have seen massive improvement in the reading ability of these students. Some students have made up to three times the expected amount of progress this year. A great achievement.
Building on the success of the approach, we will be extending it into the Middle School next year and look forward to seeing similar positive results there.
Positive Climate for Learning
After a year of targeted professional learning and modifications to our classroom approaches focused on creating a positive climate for learning in our school it has been wonderful to see the changes in our classroom environments and then to see this reflected in the data we collect. The results from this year’s Parent Opinion Survey show that parents have seen an improvement in classroom behaviour and our approach to behaviour management. This has also been supported by the results of our Student Attitudes to School Survey results which show students are feeling more connected to their peers, motivated to learn and that they have seen an improvement in teacher effectiveness and empathy.
Our Parent Opinion Survey also showed that parents have seen an improvement in approachability of staff, teacher morale, parent input and our reporting processes. It is reassuring to see that the hard work we have been doing in these areas is being recognised in our community.
And of course we are celebrating the learning our students have achieved this year. Our teachers are continuing their assessment of student learning across all aspects of the curriculum, measuring growth in knowledge, skills and understanding and preparing comprehensive reports of these achievements for parents. These reports are a great way to highlight the areas where students have achieved well, and to identify areas for further learning in the future. I would like to thank, in advance, all our teachers for the hours of work that go into creating these powerful documents. When reports come home in just over a month, I encourage you to spend some one-on-one time with your child talking about the year, their achievements and celebrating their successes.