I hope you all enjoyed the Labour Day long weekend! Last Friday our teachers completed a professional day on High Impact Teaching Strategies which is a key part of the DET’s Framework for Improved Student Outcomes. The staff worked collaboratively and completed a number of sessional workshops on evidenced based learning and teacher strategies using numerous visible learning tools. In the afternoon, the focus turned to the use of student data and effective ways of analysing and applying the information to student planning, learning styles and assessment. The feedback from the day was extremely positive and the beneficiaries of the day will ultimately be our students.
I would like to welcome the following new members of our staff to our family:
- Amanda Cassar, Education Support –Early Years
- Janine Hanson, Education Support – Middle Years Year 5 team Integration Aide
- Nella Mangan, Education Support – Middle Years Science Lab Assistant
- Matthew Hoyne, Instrumental Music – Middle Years
- Jemma Craig, Dance – Middle Years
- Peter Williams, Education Support – Grounds.
I am confident that they will each make a wonderful contribution to our school and enhance the learning opportunities for our students. In addition, there are still two parent vacancies available on School Council and would encourage you to consider applying through the General Office.
Our Year 9 students have been engaged in a series of excursions, expos and information seminars in transition week learning about senior school options, experiencing life on tertiary campuses and listening to interesting guest speakers discuss their journeys through school and work. This purposeful and targeted program is designed to motivate students into thinking about future studies and careers, how to access opportunities and to live their dreams. Thank you to Annette for coordinating the program and to the staff who led and managed the days throughout the week. The feedback is that the students were courteous, excited and responsive to the challenges of the week.
Please ensure that your children are in school uniform for excursions unless specified as this is critical for identification and management, especially when the students are on public transport or mixing with students from other schools. Please avoid requesting changes to your child’s excursions by calling the office to alter departure points or times as this only adds to the logistical challenges faced by staff to manage and run the programs effectively. It also creates legal complexities that we would like to avoid at all costs.
A reminder that the Early Years Campus will be having an onsite jumping castle in the last week of term on Tuesday, 27 March. This initiative has been a School Council decision to acknowledge the excellent play and cooperation of the children in the playground and their leadership in staying away from the playground equipment that was tagged 'out of bounds'. Student participation will be based on having a minimum of four school values cards during term one and teachers have been encouraged to ensure that the children have ample opportunities to demonstrate the values and to access the cards.
This day is also our Parent Teacher Evening for term one. This is a change from past years when the evenings were held on a Thursday night. It is really important that you make appointments to see teachers for an update on your child’s academic and developmental progress. Bookings are available through SENTRAL and open on Monday morning 19 March. Please contact the general office if you cannot access the portal. Student Reports will be available from Wednesday, 26 March. Over 80% of families are now on the system and we encourage all families to join this important communication link.
We are hosting a Working Bee on the Early Years Campus on Saturday morning 24 March between 9am - 12:00 pm. We will focus on planting in our new vegetable garden, bedding down our mosaic pavers, topping up on bark around the playgrounds and general tidiness. All families are welcome to assist this venture by registering their interest at the general office prior to the morning.
And the most exciting news: I am very excited to announce plans to develop our oval on the Middle Years Campus to a full size synthetic soccer pitch and simultaneous three quarter football playing oval. This is a significant project and will require the appointment of a Project Manager from the Department of Education, a tendering process and a comprehensive implementation plan. The project has been approved by School Council and is expected to begin in second semester. The facility will be a terrific facility for our PE/Sports Programs and will be marketed to our community sporting clubs for use.
Aesthetically, the area will be transformed to a sporting hub and combined with the covered basketball surface, this will complete an initiative that is realised as a result of excellent financial school management. We will post prospective designs and keep you updated as the project unfolds during the year. We will also embark on the next stage of our internal painting maintenance program over the next school holidays with the Year 5-6 Pod on Middle Years and Years 3-4 Pod on Early Years.
Have a great weekend and thank you for your continued support.
Middle Years Campus Principal