Dear Parents and Carers,
This year I have invested both professionally and financially in a focus on student outcomes and engagement. This is something that has formed part of our Improvement Plan for 2018. Our aim is to oversee student engagement and increase student outcomes for all. I believe one of the strengths here at STM is the academic rigour that teaching staff expect of their students, and of themselves.
Mrs Sharon Melhuish and Mrs Pam Sixsmith are working closely with students and teachers to achieve the aforementioned goal. Collaborative planning is occurring amongst teachers to implement and monitor interventions for students; learning conversations are an important part of what we do to ensure we are differentiating and catering for individual needs. As you could appreciate, there are MANY different abilities in our classrooms; the task of catering for all needs is impressive, but one our teachers value and are willing to dedicate their own time to the process.
At STM, we cater for students who not only find concepts difficult, but also those who need to be extended and challenged in their learning. Each year we offer enrichment classes for students in Yr. 3 to 6 who are operating approximately 2 years, or more, above their age (this is based on school and national data). Sharon and Pam will take up this role next term, as well as continuing their work with students at all levels. If your child qualifies for the Enrichment Class, you will receive a letter at the end of this term.
Making sense of children’s emotions
Children’s emotions may be more complex that they appear. Learning to manage feelings and emotions is a very important part of children’s development. Emotions affect children’s ability to learn and relate to others, as well as their overall wellbeing.
How can parents and carers help?
- Tune into children’s feelings and try to understand things from their point of view
- Show that you accept and respect children’s feelings
- Remember that it’s not always easy for children to know what is bothering them, and that they may not want to talk about it
- Show children how you manage your feelings effectively. If you act calmly it will help to reassure them that they can manage difficult feelings.
- Acknowledge children’s efforts to manage feelings
National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence
Last Friday we joined with many other school communities around Australia to highlight the issues around bullying and violence. The National Day was a positive day of action, bringing school communities together to help find workable solutions that address bullying and violence.
NAPLAN Practice Test
Tomorrow our Yr. 3 and Yr. 5 students will participate in a NAPLAN Practice test, as part of a readiness activity. Participation will provide students with another opportunity to become familiar with the types of questions they will encounter with NAPLAN Online.
Next week our school is under review for re-registration and accreditation; this occurs every 5 years. (We will welcome a panel of six members to our school). I am looking forward to the process and the opportunity to highlight and celebrate the wonderful teaching and learning that’s happening in our school. The registration process is also another avenue to receive feedback on the areas that will assist in the future direction of our school.