Greetings Parents, Carers and Students of Moonee Ponds West PS,
Thank-you to all students, teachers and parents/carers who have given their time and thoughts to the Review process. The new review process is very comprehensive and allows schools to really examine the happenings within the school, and adjust where necessary. All the discussions from the different forum groups has illuminated the same aspects: consistency of teaching practice, documented curriculum, induction for new staff and student engagement and agency in their learning starting at Foundation. We have some great documents that are very comprehensive particularly in English that requires some pairing back to give a one-page overview for consistency across the school. By chance we have already begun this work with both Paul Ledwidge and Chris Coombes and so are already onto this need. In relation to student engagement and agency, we have discovered that students at MPWPS have fun and are given lots of choices in the activities that they do, so the next step is to really engage them in the learning by outlining the intention of each lesson and developing with them the criteria that will indicate success. Student voice and agency is really about engaging children in their learning; all focus groups believe our students can do this and more importantly should do this. There are exciting times ahead I think for teachers, teacher leaders and Principals as instructional leaders.
Today we have had the final day of the Review where collectively we synthesized all the fieldwork information into goals, associated targets and key improvement strategies. The process from here is to table the Review Report to Education Committee and then to School Council hopefully in November. The new Strategic Plan is then developed and submitted for approval. Of course, we will share the goals and targets with all families once the Department approves them.