We are constantly trying to improve everything that we do at our school. We are in a constant state of self review to identify what is working well, how we can make it even better and what is not working as we hoped and trying to improve it.
Teachers and SSOs constantly interrogate students’ learning, formally through testing and informally through observations, work samples, conversations and “conferences”, questioning and other activities. Formal data comes from tests such as NAPLAN which is occurring this week. NAPLAN tests Literacy aspects of Reading, Spelling, Writing and Grammar while Numeracy tests different aspects of Maths understanding. Other formal data sets are collected and used by teachers to find out what each student understands and what their next learning steps will be.
Students should not be worried about assessment testing. They should see it the same as a health check or a car safety check. It shows what is working well and what can be improved.
The school will be undertaking an External Review on Monday and Tuesday of Week 3 (15/5 & 16/5). This is the school’s “health check”. Two Principals will come in to speak with representatives of the school community, students, teachers, SSOs, parents/caregivers and from this advise the school on what they see working well and recommendations on things we can do to improve student learning. We see this as an exciting opportunity to learn.
We are hoping that parents and caregivers will find the time to meet with the Review team on Tuesday morning (16/5) from 9.00-9.30am in the Conference Room.
We are always trying to improve our communication with our families and school community. This new online newsletter will hopefully provide more interactive opportunities for us to keep you informed of what is happening in our school and ways for us to support you and your children in their learning journey. The digital online newsletter will enable us to provide you with more information, coloured photos, video and will also save time for Jean Bradshaw who creates the newsletter.
If we have your email address, each newsletter will be “pushed” to your device or computer. Please provide your email address to [email protected] if the school does not have it or you have changed your email address. The newsletter will also be posted on the school’s Facebook Group, placed on the Skoolbag app and posted on the school website.
The Skoolbag app for either iPhone or Android devices helps us communicate more effectively with our Parent/Student community. If you do not have Skoolbag app just search for our school name "Hackham East Primary School" in either the Apple App Store, or Google Play Store. Once installed, set up Push Notifications to receive notifications of newsletters, information and events. You can also notify the school if your child is absent.
A printed copy of the newsletter will be available for collection from the Front Office for those who like a hard copy. Obviously the printed copy will not have videos and interactive links.
Your feedback, in all areas will help us to improve.