This term is going to be a term of surveys. The Department Parent Opinion Survey will be sent out to selected families. This year the survey is electronic so if you are part of the survey you will receive a separate letter or email from me with our school PIN. The survey needs to be completed by August 26th.
We will also send out our own Dandy Valley parent survey next week. This will include a new page regarding our performance over the last four years and the achievement of our strategic plan goals. In keeping with past practise we will enter everyone who responds into a draw for a $100 movie voucher.
Parents and carers can expect the students Individual Goals home on Monday afternoon. These goals reflect the three strategic plan goals of communication, independence and social competency. This is a step away from the past practise of setting goals related to the curriculum. We are still teaching the academic curriculum and school reports will come home in December related to academic achievement. These reports will also include a progress report on the individual goals. 2019 teachers will carry on working on the goals set this year and report on achievement mid next year.
As you know this is the first year we have separated out the individual goals from the academic report. It is a different process and we are confident it will enable at least some of our students to take ownership of their goal and their progress towards achieving it.
I have been visiting classrooms during the last few weeks and have noticed that students and staff are already talking about and planning for our school concert. Here is a very early heads up to put FRIDAY OCTOBER 26TH on your calendar because that is the date of this years’ concert.