Learning is the core purpose of schools… If you can’t learn, unlearn and relearn, you’re lost because sustainable and continuous learning is a given of the twenty-first century.
Nothing stops an organisation faster than people who believe that the way they worked yesterday is the best way to work tomorrow.
At the moment we are undertaking some focused learning as a staff around the teaching of reading. On Tuesday nights, our teachers have been gathering as a professional learning community to undertake learning that is facilitated by our learning specialists. We have been learning about small group instruction. When I first commenced teaching, students were tested for their reading ability and were placed in a reading group where they remained for the rest of the year. We now group students that have similar needs in terms of learning. We think about how long we may need to group these students together. There is no formula for the size of the groups, the number of days and the length of time that students will work in these groups. We remain focused on what these students need to move forward in their learning.
Our classroom environments are now structured with well-resourced classroom libraries. Our students are now able to borrow books from their classroom and from the new 21st century learning space. For students to grow as readers they need to be actually reading in class.
For every student to make a year of growth in their reading we need to cater for individual needs by differentiating our instruction and talking with our students about where they are in their learning, where they are going and how they will get there. On Friday 11 May and 25 May the school will be closed so that teachers can work intensively with Danny Hyndman, a Literacy consultant around the precise teaching of Reading. Danny will also work with teachers in our classrooms and after school on 28 May.
Today we farewell a long serving member of Rowville Primary School. Mrs Diana Franklin, our IT Specialist is leaving after almost ten years to take up a position in the private IT sector. Prior to her appointment at Rowville Primary School, Diana had worked in the corporate IT world and we were so fortunate to have her expertise in our school for such an extended period of time. Through Diana’s leadership we have provided amazing opportunities for our students. We thank her for her work and wish her all the very best for the future.
To celebrate Education Week, Rowville Primary School will be holding a Twilight School day on Thursday 24th May. School will start at 1.00pm and finish at 7.30pm. Information has been sent home with every student and is also available on your Compass news feed. Please return the completed Twilight School forms by Wednesday 16th May.