It has been a busy two weeks with our younger students in Pre-Primary to Year Three undertaking swimming lessons. Thank you for the parent support in enabling us to organise these lessons.
For the last two weeks of term, we will complete our last two Yoga sessions. If your child has not participated before now, they still can join the sessions. Please speak to your class teacher.
Swimming lessons for Years 4-6 will be run over a nine-day period in weeks 5 and 6 of Term One.
We have completed our Kindy to Pre Primary Transition sessions and thank staff for coordinating this initiative. This will now be followed up by our remaining Pre Primary to Year One sessions in week 9.
The school recently hosted a forum, run by the Union on Early Years Play strategies. Teachers from many schools joined us for the afternoon to hear about initiatives as well as share some of the work being undertaken here at White Gum Valley PS.
What a Brilliant Camp Out! The students and families who were able to attend had a great time. Congratulations to Ben and his team of many parents, who assisted with making the night a memorable experience for our students and to Danielle and the P&C for their support. The meals available and music provided added to the wonderful atmosphere.
The school recently undertook its three-year Review. Our validation visit from the Review team involved speaking to staff, students and representatives from the Board, P&C and parents along with reviewing a range of data in the areas of student achievement, leadership, relationships, learning environment, resources and teaching.
These Reviews enable schools to reflect on what they do and also articulate what they are planning to do moving into the next three-year cycle utilising the data they have collected.
A Review is in addition to the Annual School Report and Three Year Business Plan. It is a balance between accountability and improvement.
Our school was rated as effective on a two-point scale consisting of effective or needing improvement which is great news in recognition of our school community.
A Report will be forwarded to the school before the end of term and a copy placed on our website.
I would like to congratulate the staff many of whom have leadership positions within subject areas or champion initiatives who presented to the team on the day. They did a wonderful job.
Assemblies Coming Up
Our Music/Book Prize assembly will be held on Thursday, 12th December at 9:00am. This will be followed by the Year 6 Graduation Ceremony at 9:00am on Wednesday, 18th December.
To assist us with planning for 2020, please notify the office if you will not be continuing with us into 2020. At this stage we look like having a similar number of classes and students as we had at the start of 2019.
As staffing is dependent on the enrolment numbers of students in each year level, straight and composite classes will occur. This grouping is supported by research and our belief how children learn. It is also often a practical necessity due to the distribution of ages.
Staff each year at this time meet to look at class placements. A great deal of time goes into the grouping of students using a range of factors. Teachers aim at a balance of children with varying academic abilities, gender and other capabilities. At times other individual circumstances assist with grouping. As in the past, classes will be finalised before the start of Term One, once any new enrolments that have taken place during the school holiday period.
The results of the ICAS Writing competition were returned recently. Congratulations to all of our students who entered and in particular the following students who achieved a CREDIT: Max K., Henry T., Sam A. and Roma L. DISTINCTION: Kian T. Well done everyone!
End of Year Electronic Reports
For Semester Two this year our school will be producing an electronic student Report for the first time. In this transition period a paper copy will also be available to those that request it. This is an initiative from the Department to make the Reports more accessible for parents. Further information will come home next week.