At the Education Sub committee meeting held on September 4th there were reports by the Action Team Leaders for Student Engagement and Wellbeing, Inquiry and Communication. Mandy Jones reported against the Student Engagement and Wellbeing Action Plan, Fiona McKenzie reported against the Inquiry Action Plan and Sandra Monaghan and Michelle Bove reported against the Communication Action Plan. Please find below a summary of their reports.
Student Engagement and Wellbeing
- Initial drafting of the Student Engagement and Wellbeing Policy undertaken in consultation with Dave Vinegrad as a prelude to taking the policy to a working group in term 4
- Student wellbeing staff assisted with induction program for new staff
- Playground survey completed
- Parent information evening with Dave Vinegrad (100% positive feedback)
- 3 staff professional learning sessions and a Leadership workshop facilitated
- Rights and Responsibilities process for classrooms undertaken
- Sex education sessions for students in years 3-6 and an information session for parent/ carers received very positive feedback from the community
- Kate Wilde workshop with years 5/6 – resilience typology of crocodile, dolphin, fox and mouse – the aim is to be a dolphin
- Student Attitudes to School Survey – 6 student focus groups reviewing the results, students were excited about the process and in giving their ideas
- Completion of Kids Matter component one
- Create a Policy for Communication and review the current Parents/Carer Concerns and Complaints Policy -Communication Policy created:
Work on the Policy will commence after the work of the communication consultant
Managing Parent/Carer Concerns and Complaints policy reviewed and approved by School Council. This has been completed.
- Review of the staff wellbeing policy to enhance staff wellbeing to increase the capacity of all members of the school community safe and to manage difficult situations as well as possible.
Staff Wellbeing policy is currently being reviewed with a target date of end of 2017
- Develop a communication framework covering all significant communications between the school and parents.
Community survey to be undertaken in Term 4 to identify what we do well, areas for improvement and the needs of the community with reference to communication
- Communication to community review
Successful review and implementation of the plan that captures the needs and requirements of our school community - Website and Newsletter have been refreshed
Newsletter focus on including more student content in each edition
- Communication Intra School review
- Daily Communication
- Communicating School Philosophy
- Communication Protocols
Successful review and implementation of the plan that captures the needs and requirements of our school community - Currently undertaking a feedback process with the staff regarding internal communication processes. This is on track to be completed by the end of Term 3
- Communication Student Led - JSC/Green team. Create and evaluate a Student Consultation process. Opportunities for student voice and engagement
The leaders of the two groups are undertaking a needs evaluation and an update will be provided in the next report. JSC and the Green team will be encouraged in the upcoming building works
- Communication to wider community
Local Council/Local Businesses/Service Providers
Work will commence in Term 4 with a completion of Term 1 2018
Organisation design to distribute the workload
Review current systems. Work will commence in Term 4 with a completion of Term 1 2018
- Audit and review of the Inquiry Policy is on track – this Policy is new
- Induction regarding the Inquiry based learning has taken place with new staff in 2017
- Professional learning for staff has been conducted across teaching teams and in classrooms by Jeni Wilson to further develop Inquiry practice and language – Jeni is a consultant in Inquiry based learning
- Inquiry has been discussed at each team's parent information evening – notes outlining Inquiry based learning have been distributed to families
- Exploration of a variety of reporting formats, Fiona and Jeff have visited another Primary School that has an Inquiry based learning model.