Today is the final day of HSC Exams and this evening we have our Year 12 Graduation. Congratulations to our Year 12 students on reaching this day and evening. For the first time in many years, students had an HSC exam (Design & Technology) this afternoon, followed by the rush to get ready for the 6pm start.
Please pray for Josh Gunning (Year 12) and his family. Josh lost a thumb and part of his index finger in a workplace accident last week. Surgeons successfully reattached the thumb and Josh is continuing his recovery in a Sydney hospital. While Josh will physically miss the Graduation, he will be recognised with his colleagues tonight, with a friend accepting a Graduation Certificate on his behalf.
Our Leadership team has been working on our 2017 Annual Improvement Plan and have it to final draft stage. It will be shared with parents and students when complete. It will continue our focus on improved teacher practice leading to better student learning. It will include the things we will do to enable us to plan effective learning pathways for individual students. One exciting move is the employment of a full-time literacy support teacher who will work to:
- Promote an informed, rich and coherent understanding of literacy, where being literate is recognised as central to learning in each content area.
- Provide staff professional literacy learning to support effective teaching of literacy in the content areas, including through direct instruction, co-teaching, inquiry cycle planning and coaching.
- Provide intensive literacy learning experiences for targeted groups of students and individual students. This includes students who are not progressing, those not working and those who are already highly competent.
- Assist with the systematic collection and analysis of student data to measure, monitor and plan aspects of literacy learning.
Along with coaching time to support students become more self-directed in their learning, expect to see more targeted interventions from specialist teachers, such as the Literacy Support teacher, and more teachers working in teams to individualise learning paths for students.
Thank you for your continued support for the idea that students, teachers and schools work to improve each term and year, rather than just rolling along until the term or year is finished.