The end of term is fast approaching and what a great term it has been for SSPS.
On Monday it was the conclusion of the very successful House Athletics and what a marvellous celebration it was. Medals were presented to our age group champions and certificates to our record breakers. The house captains of Anyula, Albin and Stephanie were presented with the winners shield. Our House Captains did an outstanding job preparing their houses for the ‘House Chant Off’. All students were encouraged to wear their house colours. Each house had the opportunity to perform their chant and then all houses engaged in their chant together. I’m sure our neighbours would have been wondering where the noise was coming from, it was electric! The traditional house captain’s water balloon relay was run, which again provided fun, engaging entertainment for all of us. The school athletics team has now been finalised and are heading off tomorrow to compete in the District Athletics Meet. We wish all our competitors the very best of luck.
Parents as Helpers
This term I have noticed an increase in the number of parents attending our volunteer induction sessions and would just like to acknowledge how much we all at Syndal South greatly appreciate and value the assistance given to us by parents, grandparents and previous staff members. I am in the special position that I see firsthand across the school the invaluable assistance that our students are enjoying.
Some of the assistance that parents provide includes preparing for activities, working with small groups on special activities, accompanying groups of students to swimming, assisting on sports days, accompanying a class on an excursion, attend and assist on school camp just to name a few. Thank you for all that you do for us.
There will be some noticeable changes to the program next week for all our students. Each team of teachers will be released for a day so that they can plan together in readiness for Term Two. The children enjoy this week as they have the opportunity to rotate around a variety of specialist activities.
Foundation Enrolments for 2020
Already we have conducted a number of school tours for prospective Foundation families for 2020. On Monday 6th May we will be holding our first Information Night at 7.00pm. If you have a child to be enrolled for 2020 or know of a neighbour or friend who has a child ready for school in 2020, please let them know that enrolment packs are available from the Office.
Professional Learning Communities
I am extremely excited to share with you that SSPS is this year participating in the Victorian Professional Learning Community (PLC) initiative which is supporting all Victorian government schools to build effective PLCs. Following a successful pilot involving 65 schools the Victorian Government is making a significant investment to scale-up the PLC initiative to more than 800 government schools. Participating schools are at the forefront of working collaboratively to improve student learning outcomes.
Being a Victorian PLC school we commit to using a consistent and structured cycle of data-driven inquiry to inform classroom practice. Each annual intake of over 200 schools benefits from a comprehensive program of professional learning alongside expert advice from regionally-based teams. We will also receive frequent feedback about the impact of PLC implementation on teacher practice and student perception to track progress and identify areas for improvement.
Becoming a Victorian PLC gives us the opportunity to take advantage of this intensive support to embed a culture of continuous improvement focused on improving student learning outcomes in our school.
The PLC professional learning program is evidenced by best practice for leading cultural change, collaborative teams and the continuous improvement of teacher practice.
We are in Intake 3 with Wheelers Hill Primary, Burwood East Primary, Belgrave South Primary, Gembrook Primary, Kallista Primary and Mount Dandenong Primary.
On Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th March we began the professional learning program, which focuses on building our instructional leaders’ capacity to build the internal capacity of each team in order to collaborate effectively, adopt an inquiry cycle when interrogating multiple sources of students’ data, analyse the impact of their teaching and identify areas of need with regards their professional learning. The PLC team consisting of Clare Searle, Danielle Canavan, Amber Panagopoulos, Kate Simpson, Rebecca Stonehouse-Melke and myself attended Module 1 and Module 2 off site.
Yesterday, we completed Module 3 at school. In total, Rebecca and I will complete four modules of offsite training over four days and our PLC instructional leaders, will attend five modules of offsite training over five days, and three modules of school-based activities over three days. We are extremely fortunate that all costs associated with the professional learning modules are fully subsidised by the Department. I look forward to keeping you all updated on our progression with the implementation of this highly successful initiative at SSPS.
Finally, can you please make a note in your diary that we will be having a Curriculum Day on Monday 27th May, students are not required to attend school on this day. OSHC will be available for those families who require it.
Have fabulous fortnight everyone!