Michael Portaro - School Principal
2019 Prep Students
We were extremely pleased with the very smooth start to our 2019 Prep students’ transition program last Friday. We had 63 children attend and a very large number of parents/carers who joined us in Brickwood Hall for a discussion and question/answer session regarding uniforms, how to volunteer at our school, camps and our specialist program.
2019 Curriculum Days
Curriculum Day - Tuesday, 29th January (students first day of Term 1 2019 is Wednesday, 30th January)
Monday, 22nd April - Easter Monday (no school)
Tuesday, 23rd April - First Day Term 2
Wednesday, 24th April - School Day
Thursday, 25th April - ANZAC Day
Friday, 26th April - Curriculum Day
Tuesday, 11th June - Day after Queen’s Birthday
Monday, 4th November - Curriculum Day (day before Cup Day)
Planning for the 2019 school year continues as we decide our grade structures, staffing provision and programs, and also furniture requirements. To plan effectively, it is imperative that I know the number of students who will be attending. It is therefore extremely important that you inform me as soon as possible if you know your child will not be attending our school in 2019, and /or, you have a child you are yet to enrol in Prep for next year. Your co-operation is greatly appreciated.
Curriculum Day – Monday, 5th November
Our School Strategic Plan (http://elsternwickps.vic.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/2018-Strategic-Plan.pdf) commenced in 2018 and includes a number of key improvement strategies. In regards to Student Achievement, we aim to develop and embed an evidence based instructional approach to teaching and learning. This Monday on our student free day, our staff will be at school working on developing a documented curriculum with clearly identified essential learnings. They
will be working in year level teams and vertical teams (P-6) and use multiple sources of research to create the framework that will guide teaching and learning at our school.
Parent Opinion Survey
Finally, I would like to thank those parents who completed the Education Department Parent Opinion Survey regarding our school. Of the 120 randomly selected parent community invited to respond to the survey we had 37 responses– a 31 % response rate.
There are six domains included in our report.
1. Parent Community Engagement
2. School Ethos and Environment
3. Student Cognitive Engagement
4. Student Development
6. Connection and Progression
The following questions received our highest positive response rate:
- I am able to get the information I need through the school’s regular communication channels (95%)
- This school treats my child with respect (89%)
- My child can explore their own interests when it is related to their class work (89%)
The following questions received our highest negative response rate:
- Teachers communicate with me often enough about my child’s progress (41%)
- My child is taught organisational skills to help him/her with managing homework and schoolwork load (35%)
- Teachers provide useful feedback and respond to the learning needs of my child (27%)
Through consultation with the school community, including School Council and the Parents Association we have previously identified the first and third dot points as an area for improvement and have already began to implement a plan of action to improve in the area of communication and feedback. This semester we have been working with teachers and parents across every cohort level to implement a
continuous assessment trial. The platform we are using for this is called Seesaw, and is a digital portfolio application which allows teachers to share with parents the work their child/ren is/are completing in class, in real time. Through this process parents will be able to see not only the curriculum areas that their child is working on but also, feedback from teachers including where appropriate areas for improvement have been identified. The feedback we receive will continue to shape the implementation of our continuous assessment trial.
At E.P.S. students focus on the 5 Learning Assets (Self-Managing, Collaborating, Communicating, Thinking and Researching) throughout their learning journey from Prep to Year 6. The students are involved in building their skills and dispositions as they learn how to learn. As SELF-MANAGERS, students continue to build their capability to learn independently and make wise choices about their learning. They strive to know themselves as learners and work towards personal goals, with the
understanding that we all continually improve as learners. Students build on and recognise strengths, such as resilience, responsibility, persistence and an ability to reflect.
Making a plan, goal setting, time management, showing initiative and focusing on the job at hand are an example of the strategies students put into practice throughout their learning at school. Transferring these to become lifelong habits that extend beyond the classroom continues to be a focus. By continuing our commitment to embed the Learning Assets at EPS, we believe our students will be equipped with the organisational skills to help manage homework and schoolwork load.’
Have a great long weekend!