Acting Principal's Report
It’s hard to believe that it’s the end of the term! So many exciting events have happened- Year 4 John Monash Little Mathematicians Program, Seasons for Growth, ANZAC Day Ceremony, cross country, Winter Gala Day, the Jarrod Hoare performance, Education Week, reports and learning folders, parent/teacher interviews, Play is the Way parent session, Year 6-7 Transition, Children’s Day celebrations, Tanabata Festival, ICU Week, interschool sport, Mothers’ Day morning tea, school photos, the working bee, Box Hill Festival, and crazy hair day! Phew!
I have greatly enjoyed the role of Acting Principal this term. It’s been wonderful working with our School Council, seeing more parents in the school office and continuing to work with students particularly our school leaders.
Exciting News for Kate Gray
Kate and her husband James are expecting their first child in October! Details of Kate’s replacement and the timing are not yet known and we will keep the school community informed as details come to light. We hope the school community joins us in celebrating this wonderful news!
Parents and Friends Group- Watashi Mo!
Huntingdale Primary School’s community has moved from strength to strength over the last 10 years. Enrolments have increased significantly over this time and the community’s engagement in the school has strengthened with regular working bees, class representatives, classroom volunteers and increasing participation in the now annual Trivia Night fundraiser.
This is an exciting time for our community and with this in mind, we believe the natural next step is forming a Parents and Friends Group at Huntingdale Primary School. The proposed name is ‘Watashi Mo’ which literally means ‘Count me in’. With a larger and more vibrant parent community which we want to link together, ‘Watashi Mo’ is a suitable name. We hope to ‘count in’ as many parents as we can to help support the educational outcomes for students at the school.
A letter was sent home about this and we hope many parents will be interested in being a part of this group. Please see the school office or email the school at [email protected] to express your interest.
Student Leadership Council- Crazy Hair Day Fundraiser- 30 June
Our Student Leadership Council are having their first fundraiser of the year. They are holding a ‘Crazy Hair Day’. Students are encouraged to come to school with their craziest hair and bring a gold coin donation. We will have a parade on the basketball court at 9.10am. Monies raised will go towards finishing replacing the table tops in the art room. We look forward to seeing you all there! Thank you to our SLC for organising this event. School uniform still required. It is not a casual clothes day.
Curriculum Day- Change of Date to Friday 28 July 2017
Just a reminder that our Term 3 Curriculum Day has changed to Friday 28 July 2017. The focus of our Curriculum Day is Bilingual Teaching and Learning. If you have any questions about this please come and see me.
Homework Survey- LAST CHANCE!
Thank you to the many families who have completed the homework survey. This is your last chance until the end of the term to complete the survey at:
Resilience Survey Results
Back in Term 1, students from Years 3-6 completed a very long survey to measure resilience. The school now has the results, which I shared with the 3-6 grades last week.
There are 10 domains of resilience that were measured by the survey- there are three pathways- safe, fulfilling and healthy.
Our results were very interesting and can be shown in the diagrams below:
Year 3 Results
Year 4 Results
Year 5 Results
Year 6 Results
The survey results show that our strong areas are the domains of health mind and school belonging. The two lowest areas from 3-6 are positive identity and positive values.
What are we going to do to address this?
Next term for the first two weeks all students from F-6 will complete a range of activities to focus on positive identity. Positive identity is understanding and knowing your strengths and being able to use them in your daily life. Many students do not know what their positive strengths are. Students might know they are good at a particular subject area but don’t recognise strengths such as honesty, humour, working in team, creativity, fairness or forgiveness to name a few. Have you ever thought about or discussed personal strengths with your child? If children have a good sense of their personal strengths this contributes to their overall resilience. Hence, why we think it is so important that we work on this with our children.
Recently our staff did the VIA character strengths survey to gauge the strengths we have as a staff. We will be unpacking this further next term.
Congratulations to Zac Nathan (3/4N) and Jamie Leffler (2E) who won the Under 10 Boys “3 on 3” Improvised Hip Hop Battle in the “Back to Skool” Hip Hop competition on Sunday 18th June. Over 8 hip hop schools competed against each other and the 2 boys and their fellow team member battled hard in front of over 150 people to win 2 heats, the semi-finals and then the grand final.
On Saturday 17th of June, Eunjee from 3/4B graded to blue striped belt in her Taekwondo club grading event. Also, she got a best curriculum trophy that is for one who is best in 16-count motions, sparring and board breaking. She has been joining in Taekwondo club for one year. What a great achievement!
A reminder that we ask that any parents who have a child who has achieved something special at any time to please take a photograph and write a short sentence or two about what the child did, when it happened and what it means to the child and send this through to the school account at [email protected] Achievements could be getting an award from the local footy team or ballet performance or library book club or gaining their Grey Wolf Award at Scouts or any other hobby your child pursues we’re here to celebrate Personal Best in whatever form that takes.
Save the Date- Annual Huntingdale Trivia Night- 28th October
Preparations for the Annual Trivia Night are well underway……the theme is Disney Meets Anime…..start getting your team together and watch the newsletter for more information!
Language Profile of Hutningdale PS
Early in the term we invited our parents to complete a language profile survey for each of their children that attended the school. The purpose of this survey was to build an understanding of the languages our children are exposed to and use at home and with different people and for the school to have an understanding of where our families originate from. Next term at our Curriculum Day teachers will be discussing our Bilingual Program and also build an understanding of how languages are used in different contexts.
We had 190 responses to the survey which was great! Our results show that 31 different languages are spoken by the families who responded. The dominant first and second languages are English and Japanese. (Please click on the Table to enlarge)
Students speak the languages in a range of percentages, again with English and Japanese being the most dominant.
Our children have been educated in a range of education systems across the world
It was a really interesting survey and it highlights how multi-cultural our school is. It’s with great pride that I walk around our school and see our children, who come from all over the world, work together and also learn from one another. There is still more we can do to promote the multiculturism in our school, understand each of our cultures and celebrate successes.
Have a safe and relaxing holiday break….and keep warm! I know I will be!
Please enjoy reading the Environment Captains report on the following pages of the newsletter.