Our Vision is ‘to provide an education that engages, challenges and supports students to become interdependent learners’
Our Mission is to develop ongoing learners who have the capacity to inquire, communicate and innovate in an ever-changing world. Our objective is to develop authentic learners by using evidence-based strategies to support student learning and thinking. The core purpose of our work is to enable all students to be responsible for their continuous growth and make good learning choices to become interdependent learners.
Dear Parents, Students and Friends,
Thank you very much to School Council and Supa Bargains Moonee Ponds for a fantastic Mother’s Day stall. Everyone seemed very happy and excited with the choice of present they were able to purchase for their mother, grandmother and other important maternal figures in their lives. Thank you to all parent volunteers who gave up their morning to make it such a success. The Mother’s Day stall will open again at 3:30pm on Friday 11th May for those who missed out today. The Prep Mother’s Day celebration and activities will be held on the afternoon of Thursday 10th May, in the infant hall.
It has been a very busy first four weeks of Term Two with two Prep tours, interschool sports and preparation for the three days of the National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) testing for Years 3 and 5 next week and Education Week. A whole school assembly will be held in the afternoon of Monday 21st May to open Education Week which has the theme “Celebrating the Arts”. The Specialist PLT are planning a range of student activities during week 6 to celebrate the Arts and will keep you posted.
Over the next few weeks teaching staff will be released in Teaching Professional Learning Teams (PLTs), for their Professional Practice Day to moderate student work in preparation for the end of semester reports. Teachers, with the support of our pedagogy coaches Mary and Dee will focus on discussing and comparing writing, numeracy and reading assessment data, teacher observations, and student work to identify benchmarks and teacher judgements against the Victorian Curriculum. In the mean-time students will have a program of literacy, numeracy and inquiry planned by their teachers and delivered by the replacement teacher. Foundation teachers will have their Professional Practice Day this week, Thursday 10th May, 1/2s Monday 14th May, 3/4s Wednesday 23rd and 5/6s Thursday 24th May.
Essendon Primary 2018 School Review
On Tuesday Michelle and I attended a Professional Learning session at the Bastow Institute to learn about the new process for school reviews. As part of the Improvement Cycle, Victorian government schools undertake a review every four years to provide an independent analysis of the school's performance against the goals and targets in their school strategic plan and to create a self-sustaining cycle to improve student outcomes in the future.
Pre-review Self-evaluation Report
One of the first steps for leadership is to engage the school community (students, teachers, School Council and parents) in the Pre-review Self-evaluation Process before completing the Pre-review Self-evaluation Report which will be presented to the reviewer. We plan to send out an insight survey and an invitation for a parent focus group early in Term 3.
The Validation Day, planned for Monday 3rd September is the first day of our school review. The Review Panel tests the school's performance, as outlined in its Pre-review Self-evaluation Report, against the school's practices.
The Fieldwork Day, later the same week, uses multiple sources to arrive at accurate, evidence-based findings. The Panel comes to an agreed position on the school's performance against the goals and targets in its previous Strategic Plan and its place on Continua for School Improvement against the Framework for Improved Student Outcomes (FISO) dimensions.
The final day is when the School Review Panel convenes to share and discuss information from the Validation Day and Fieldwork Day, coming to agreement on a set of findings. A critical outcome of the meeting is the development of directions for the school's next School Strategic Plan, including goals, targets and key improvement strategies.
The Review Report
The report's findings are then presented to staff and school council, and the public section of the report is made available to the school community. The school uses the directions from the review report to collaboratively develop the school's next four-year school strategic plan.
Please keep an eye out for further information as to how you can assist us with the School Review Process.