We are here to support the academic, social and emotional development of our students to enable them to be resilient to the
challenges of a rapidly changing society.
It is with some sadness that I let our school community know that Bruce Hopcroft, our Business Manager, has decided that it is time retire. Bruce will be officially finishing at CPS at the end of term taking LSL for the remainder of the year. Bruce has been reducing his hours over recent months and now wishes to spend more time on the things he loves including beautiful days with his family and friends.
Bruce has been such an important part of our school for many years and he will be greatly missed by us all. On a personal level, he has been a wonderful Business Manager and friend to me for the last 11 years.
I know you will join me in wishing him all the best in his future endeavours.
On a workforce level, Pip Sciffer has been sharing the Business Manager role since the end of 2018 and all of this year and she is happy to take on additional hours from term 3. Bruce has also agreed to help out from time to time if needed.
A big congratulations to Mr Nathan and his wife, Jordana who are now the proud parents of a son, born on the weekend, little brother to big sister, Ariella. We wish them all the best watching him grow as part of the family.
Later this week, Miss Beckman will be leaving Carnegie to travel to the UK where Jess will marry her fiancée, Dan. We know you will join us in wishing them a long and happy life together.
SUPPORTING PERSONALISED LEARNING
At CPS we aim to ensure the teaching and learning being undertaken in homerooms and in learning teams is personalised to the needs of the student. Personalised learning means matching teaching and learning more closely to the needs, aspirations and interests of students so they become better learners, broadening the range of skills and strategies that students can use to become independent learners.
Classroom grouping is particularly important for supporting personalised teaching and learning, provided it is both planned and flexible. Our teachers organise student groupings to optimise their learning. Some of the practices that occur in our school days are:-
- Short term ‘within’ class grouping according to need
- Structured groups to ensure students have access to a range of views and opinions beyond their friends
- Paired working and peer tutoring to facilitate collaborative learning and discussion
- Short term regrouping across a level to allow for choice and increased motivation according to the learning
CAPITAL WORKS UPDATE
As part of our capital works program, years 3 B and 3C have moved into the newly refurbished ‘prep’ building. Mrs Knight and Ms Lawerson along with a number of staff and removalists moved the furniture and year 3 belongings into the new space last Friday. This new space enables teachers to work collaboratively. There are withdrawal spaces in addition to large open classrooms. The portable classroom they occupied will shortly be repainted and tidied up in preparation for use in 2020.
STUDENT BEHAVIOUR RUBRIC
To increase student partnership and ownership in their learning Liz Harley, our Leading Teacher, in collaboration with students and teachers has developed a rubric focusing on learning dispositions. In this rubric, we have endeavoured to outline expectations for behaviour at Carnegie Primary School to ensure optimal learning opportunities, for all students, across any given day.
As a staff, we will be using this rubric to assess student behaviour and effort on their 2019 June and December reports. All year levels and specialist classes will use this document to ensure consistent and constructive feedback is given to all students.
This was shared with families earlier in the year and I have reattached the rubric below so you can be familiar with this before you receive you child/children’s report at the end of term.
We have now confirmed the date for the term 3 Curriculum Day. Please diarise Monday 2nd September, this Curriculum day was originally planned for Friday 30th August. Students will not attend school on this day. Teachers will be involved in professional learning working with Glen Pearsall, on engaging and effective classroom practice.
REPORTING TO PARENTS
Written half year reports will be sent home in the last week of term. Student Led Conferences /Parent –Teacher Interviews will be occurring on Thursday, 8th August. Information regarding booking a meeting time will be shared early in term three. Teachers and students in years 1 to 6 will again be conducting three way interviews whereby parents, teachers and students may all be present and involved. We believe this will continue to support our students to become responsible, reflective learners. We hope that the three-way interview process will strengthen the home-school partnership in building the collective responsibility of supporting our young people in their development. It is a lovely opportunity for all present to discuss your child’s achievements, needs and goals for the future.
SETTING THE RIGHT EXAMPLE TO OUR CHILDREN
In partnership with parents we hope to instil a safe and responsible use of ICT and more specifically, social media in our children. It comes to our attention, on quite a regular basis, that some students at our school have regular access to Facebook. I do remind all families that Facebook doesn’t permit children under the age of 13 to access the site for reasons of personal safety. It doesn’t require proof of age to access the site, so it’s a guideline only. Facebook’s recommendations however, may be useful reference points if you are involved in negotiations with your child over using social networking sites.
As adults we need to help kids navigate safely and securely in an online world, just as you do in an offline world. Know what kids are doing; spend time teaching them common sense, safety lessons and limit their use of technology so that they stay connected to you and others in your family.
A very good website that offers support and guidance is http://www.cybersmart.gov.au
Our students are currently enjoying the dance lessons with the Footsteps coaches. Excitement is mounting as the concert date approaches. It has been lovely to see students practising at various times during the week. We look forward to lots of fancy footwork and smiles. Remember to book your tickets on https://tinyurl.com/y358gltn
LAST DAY OF TERM
The last day of term 2 is Friday, 28th June. The children will finish school at 2.30pm; they will be dismissed from their classrooms. I wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday and look forward to seeing all again on Monday 15th July when we commence another great term.
WORDS OF WISDOM –
Practice the pause
Pause before judging
Pause before assuming
Pause before accusing
Pause before you may react harshly
You’ll avoid saying and doing things you may later regret.