Dear Parents and Caregivers, Konnichiwa!
One of the foci for teacher professional learning this year is writing. Foundation classes have been working on “Bookmaking”. Foundation student, Ava Stevens has written a delightful book titled “Myself”. We include it below. What an entertaining text, fantastic work Ava.
Across the school we have worked on the Seven Steps, or the building blocks to great writing. These are
* Plan for success
* Sizzling starts
* Tightening tensions
* Dynamic dialogue
* Show, don’t tell
* Ban the boring
* Exciting endings
More information can be found at:
This week the year 3, 5 and 7 students have undertaken the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy. In the writing test on Tuesday, I could see the students using the seven steps that they had learnt, constructing very productive text.
Garima, was telling me about her experience with the NAPLaN test and I asked her to record it for me which she has down below. A great attitude to learning Garima. Great job!
I am Garima Saddi and this year I am in year 7.
All the years I have been at Grange Primary School, I have learnt to enjoy everything I do and participate in everything and let others stand up and have a say, even if they are younger or older than me.
This week was a joyful week for me because the year 7’s had their final primary year of the NAPLaN test. For me NAPLaN is about putting in my best effort, as one of our school values at Grange Primary School is best effort.
In my opinion I would say be OPTIMISTIC and give NAPLaN a go.
If you don’t give it a go, you’ll get it wrong but if you at least guess or try, you may get it right. In year 3, I was nervous and stressed about what my results would be and if I would get the lowest mark but then in year 5, I learnt that PUSH yourself and take a guess. But now, it’s my final year of primary school, I have learnt to be optimistic about everything and just remember that I gave it my best.
Welcome to Jan Taylor
As you will be aware I am taking long service leave from the 21st of May until the end of term 2. In my absence, Jan Taylor will be the Acting Principal. Jan, currently Deputy Principal at Henley Beach Primary School, is a highly experienced leader and knows our local area and partnership very well. Carmel and I are spending my time away in Italy visiting family and friends in Southern Italy and doing a cruise around the Greek Islands.
I look forward to seeing you all when I return in term 3.
Grant Small, Principal
Grange Primary School