Dear Parents / Carers,
Reminder - Student Free Day and Queen’s Birthday
There will be no school for students on Friday 8th June. This is a School Council approved day for our teachers to work collaboratively on our school assessment and curriculum planning.
Monday 11th June is a public holiday. The school is closed on this day.
On Monday and Tuesday all class teachers as well as several of our specialist teachers joined me on observation visits, known as ‘Walkthroughs’. Our focus for these visits was Mathematics. Every class from Prep to Year 6 was visited during the two days by a team of teachers with me. The purpose of a Walkthrough is to observe the transfer of knowledge (professional learning) to actual practice in the classroom. During the past two years, our teachers have worked with Ryan Dunn from Melbourne University to support our professional learning. Ryan also presented at our Parent Math night last year.
During the Walkthrough, the visiting teachers and I look for specific ‘Conditions’ we expect to see in each classroom as a result of our collective professional learning. These include specific elements such as ‘particular planning processes’, ‘lesson structure’, ‘evidence based elements of effective teaching’, ‘differentiation with a focus on quality learning tasks’ and ‘student work samples’. Teachers and I also have a great opportunity to engage in conversations with students about the way they are taught and their learning.
All of this information is compiled and analysed further to inform the phase of professional learning. I would like to thanks all teachers involved in our Walkthrough for their professional approach to collaborative learning, in particular Miss Veitch who has done a superb job leading this process.
‘Victorian Government Tram’ Opportunity and ‘Pick My Project’
Members of our School Council sub-committees and the Parents and Friends Association are currently preparing applications for two separate projects. They include an application for a retired tram. You may have read about this in the media. https://victrack.com.au/trams As part of this process, we are currently gathering ideas from students, which will be used, in our application.
The second application is ‘Pick My Project’ https://pickmyproject.vic.gov.au/ This is a grant initiative to fund local projects to make our community an even better place to live.
Highvale Primary School is Turning 50
Next year on the 7th May is our school’s 50th birthday. To assist with planning for this milestone we are interested in gathering ideas for the celebration from members of our school community – both past and present. If you have an idea, please email it to our school email address [email protected] with the Subject HPS 50th Birthday idea. We look forward to receiving your input before the end of term. Prior to finalising arrangements School Council, together with the Parents and Friends Association (PFA) will be seeking volunteers to lead and assist with elements of the celebration. Please give this some thought, as it will be an important consideration for planning.
New Toys for the Sandpit
Many of our sandpit toys are coming to the end of their usable life and we will soon be looking to replenish them with new or pre-loved toys that are in great condition. Prior to the school purchasing toys, we would appreciate the donation of any pre-loved toys that your children may have outgrown. They should have had minimal use, be suitable for the outdoors and use in our school sand pit. Donations must be brought to the school office for drop off and a safety check please. We appreciate your consideration of this request.
Division Cross Country
Congratulations to our cross country runners who competed in Division Cross Country today. Well done Ella.R, Cherise.N, Ryan.L, Jett.P, Cameron.W, Anna.P, Jaslene.O, Scully.E-S, Ollie.S, Matti.P and Amir. I look forward finding out more about their participation during next week.
Principal Class Conference
On Monday and Tuesday, Mr Crozier attended a conference to discuss the progress our state is making against current Victorian education targets, and to celebrate what is happening in government schools. Please see the ‘Engagement and Wellbeing’ section of our newsletter to read Mr Crozier’s reflections from the conference.
I look forward to seeing you around our school.