Welcome back everyone to Term 3. We trust your children have had an enjoyable holiday and have returned eager for another great term of learning. During our Curriculum Day yesterday, our staff focused on High Impact Teaching Strategies to build our teaching capacity and collaborative expertise. These strategies are like a teacher’s toolkit of 10 strategies that when used, improve the impact we have on student learning and outcomes. Whilst teachers at Marlborough already employ many of these strategies, it is always great to be reminded and see where we can improve and impact our student learning even further. Then, after morning recess, our focus switched to Curiosity and Powerful Learning. This really gave us time to think about how we can instil curiosity within our programs to improve learning outcomes and student engagement. If you are interested to find out more about Curiosity in the classroom, you may like to view this video we showed staff yesterday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_yOzJqdXFQ
Our afternoon session was spent updating our annual CPR, Asthma & Anaphylaxis requirements with Robyn Buchanan.
This term we also welcome our African Drumming program hosted by Kofi. I took great delight in sitting in to watch the first lesson with Grade 5/6A and it sounded fantastic with everyone having their own drum to play. The smiles said it all with how engaged the students were.
Finally, just a note to advise the school community that Shaun is a bit unwell at the moment and will be away for the first 1-2 weeks. In his place will be:
Monday/Tuesday: Mel Douglas
Wednesday: Anna Bondini
Thursday/Friday: Lisa Reiner
Have a great first week back,