Our Vision is
'To empower all students to thrive in a dynamic world.'
Our Mission is
'To provide an education that engages, challenges and supports students to be the best they can be.'
Our Objective is
'To develop students to be curious, creative, critical thinkers and responsible global citizens.'
Dear Parents and Carers,
On Monday, during our student free Curriculum Day, teachers considered and explored a number of aspects of the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO) that were identified in our School Review Report (a summary is included in this newsletter) for areas of focus in our next School Strategic Plan. We looked at Global Citizenship and Values Education, strategies to further develop students to be curious, creative critical learners and a range of approaches to Inquiry-Base Learning. We then considered what we do already and what we need to do next to work towards and realise our Vision, Mission, Objective and Values. We now need to priorities these next steps to develop our 2019 Annual Implementation Plan. In preparation for our next Curriculum Day, to be held on Monday 5th November, teachers will be collecting a lot of ideas and wonderings from students to help us plan our future Program of Inquiry. Teaching staff are very excited about our new focus to implement a deep rich inquiry-based learning approach with authentic tasks developed through student voice and agency.
Part of our discussions also resulted in the decision to move around the learning spaces in the 1/2 Learning Community so that students and teachers were located in the same area which would then allow for efficient supervision of students completing independent work and smoother transitions between flexible groups. This move has also enabled us to establish a Professional Learning Centre large enough to accommodate all staff during after school meetings, Professional Practice days and student free Curriculum Days.
We are beginning to adjust to the changed arrangements to the play and eating break times. Students go outside for lunch play from 11am to 11.45am and then come inside to eat lunch from 11.45 to 12noon. There is a short 20 minute afternoon play from 2.00pm to 2.20pm with students coming back inside for a 10 minute snack 2.20 to 2.30pm. All Learning Communities are promoting ‘Fruit (or Vegetable) Time’ just before students go outside at 11am and then coming inside at 11.45am to eat their lunch. Students are being encouraged to save one of their snacks and a second piece of fruit for their afternoon snack. The supplier of the online lunch orders has asked that we agree to limit lunch order availability to Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays only because there are only a small number of orders placed at the start of the week. However, we have asked them to continue with the full week for the time being expecting that orders will pick up as the term progresses. He also wanted us to mention that the muffins available on the menu would be an ideal filler for an afternoon snack.
Please remember that Essendon Primary is a Sun Smart school and that students are required to wear an approved ‘Sun Smart’ hat when outside during terms 1 and 4. Students who do not have a ‘Sun Smart’ approved hat are being directed to play or sit in a designated shaded area during lunch and afternoon play times and outdoor class activities. Sunscreen is provided in each of the learning spaces with student being required to apply it before they go outside. It is recommended that parents ensure their children apply sunscreen at the start of each day.
- Pre-School Story Time Monday 15th, 22nd & 29th October
- Student Free Curriculum Day - Monday 5th November (the day before Cup Day)
- 2019 Foundation Orientation and whole of school transition sessions 9-11am on Friday 16th, 23rd & 30th November and 7th December.
- Family Fun Movie Night- 6pm Friday 23rd November
- Student Led Conferences - 3.30 to 5pm Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th December
- Step Up Day- 9-11am Tuesday 11th December. Year 6s will spend the day at their new Secondary School. Prep to Year 5 will be introduced to their 2019 teacher and home-group
- End of Year Concert- Thursday 13th December.
- Reports Uploaded on to Compass- Monday 17th December
- Year 6 Graduation- Wednesday 19th December
Teachers are currently working on reviewing home groups for 2019. The formation of new Home Groups and learning POD cohorts is based on a combination of individual needs and those of the class as a balanced group. Thank you to the parents who have already informed us of non-year 6 students who will not be returning to Essendon Primary School in 2019 and those who have shared information to assist with the best Home Group and learning POD placement for your child in 2019. If you think we need to have any further information about your child regarding placement, please email me directly using the following email address [email protected] by this Friday 12th October. Please note, that we are considering a variety of different arrangements for homegroups and flexible learning groups in 2019. This might sometimes be across the whole composite year level cohort (e.g. there will only be 5 year 3/4 Home Groups in 2019), within single year levels (we are seriously considering keeping Year 1 and Year 2 in separate Home Groups with the option of both year level and composite flexible groups) and/ or in Learning PODs (with 3 composite Home Groups). This could be across a whole range of curriculum areas (reading, writing, mathematics and inquiry) from Years 1 to 6 so that all students will have the opportunity to work with peers with similar learning needs, interests and all teachers within their year level.