We thank all the families that responded to the survey last week to allow us to gauge how many computers we can provide to students from grade 3 to 6 in 2015 and beyond. These computers will be imaged with all the latest school software and will remain under strict DEECD usage agreements. At the end of the period they will be reimaged and remain the property of the purchasing family.
We are attempting to give every student the access and learning opportunities that we are required to offer for preparation for 21st century learning. In addition to this we are maintaining sets of iPads for use in the junior units with the many teaching and learning applications that are available. If you have any questions please see Mr Beer or Mr Sparks as we would be happy to assist any families.
Thank you to the two Parents Club members (Nerrisa Giddings and Stam Panaretos), for coming in to school each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, to assist parents with the purchasing of the new school uniform items. A special thank you goes to Nerissa Giddings for co-ordinating the buying for the uniform shop. We are happy that so many children have purchased hats and are wearing them.
With the use of Netbooks, computers and smart phones at home increasing we often get asked for advice on safe use of technology at home. Here are a few tips;
- Set rules for internet use including time limits online.
- Expect your child to always use technology out in the open. They will think twice about browsing inappropriate websites.
- Talk to your child about what age appropriate and inappropriate websites are.
- Expect your child to treat others online how they would like to be treated.
- Stay aware of technology risks by visiting www.cybersmart.gov.au
- Set good examples with your own technology use.
- Parents can encourage positive use of technology by;
- Spending time exploring the internet with your child to understand how they are using it.
- Talk to your child about the new skills they are learning on computers and the internet.
- Maintain good communication with your child and an active interest in their life.
- Encourage a balance of technology use and physical activity.
We will continue to include regular technology tips in future newsletters!
There are still at least 20 or more winter tops in the lost property area. Please come and have a look if your child has lost any items as many of the long sleeve tops appear to be near new.
While the majority of our students do the right thing day in and day out, and we are very proud of them, we always reach this time of the year with a small number of senior students who test the boundaries with their peers, younger children and their teachers. When the actions of students cause harm to others or prevent them from learning they will be dealt with, by the removal of privileges such as lunch and recess breaks, local performances, graduation, minor excursions and major excursions (camps). Where major camps are involved the students will be given three opportunities to modify their behaviour. If they reach their third behaviour strike they will not be permitted to attend the camp. Since all major camp payments and numbers are made many months in advance, money will not be refunded if the reason for non-attendance is due to poor behaviour; otherwise the other children carry the cost burden at a late stage in the camp preparation process. We have had terrific parent support from most parents when the need has arisen to send a behaviour letter home and we as yet have never needed to issue three strikes. We also reserve the right that if a Year 5 or Year 6 student is suspended from school during the course of the school year for violent behaviour or not following a reasonable teacher request, that they too will be ineligible to attend either the Lake Cullulleraine or Melbourne Camp. The safety and well-being, of all our students is of paramount concern.
On Friday teachers will be involved in a Curriculum Day at school. It will be a day for teacher learning and planning using the AusVELS curriculum. As with all schools across the state we are planning using a new curriculum that is like the common core of WHAT we teach. It is our lifelong responsibility as teachers, to learn the best possible ways of HOW to teach what students learn and to know how effective that teaching is through targeted ASSESSMENT. We then have a responsibility at the end of each semester to REPORT this information to parents. Tomorrow we will focus on ‘Reading Comprehension’ (as a whole school) and Curriculum Planning (in our Unit teams for Literacy, Numeracy and Integrated Studies). Specialist teachers will plan in their subject areas of ICT, The Arts and PE/Health.
Next Friday we will be having a Footy Colours day where everyone can dress up in their favourite team’s colours. Some of us have our teams still going strong, while others are ready to turn their attention to the 2015 season. The canteen is combining this with a special lunch order day.
Due to the nature of the show and the huge sets used every student needs to be seated by 9.15am for the start of the show. This will mean that children who are late to school will not be able to enter the show as the room is blacked out and special lighting is used. Children who are late will be supervised until the end of the show, as it is not appropriate to keep stopping the artists at work and changing the lighting conditions.
Last Thursday all Year 3 and Year 5 children were given their NAPLAN results to take home to share with their parents. We have a pleasing range of results across the spectrum, but we as a school have truly received some excellent individual student results in both Year 3 and Year 5. It is always abundantly clear that the children who:
- Attend each day
- Work hard throughout the year
- Participate in every day’s academic and social activities
- Read daily
- Complete weekly homework tasks and Have unwavering parent support do extremely well also on these external tests that match individual performances to those of the same age children across the state of Victoria and Australia. Generally the results very accurately reflect the children’s capabilities under test conditions and on unseen tasks without the opportunity for teacher assistance.
We are happy to discuss any of the results with families if they have any questions.
It is just one more set of data that we use in the whole assessment process, but it is clearly a great testament to the strong teaching and learning that takes place at this school, that so many of our students can individually match or better the results of children across the state. Well done to all the students in Years 3 and 5.
Congratulations to our latest Artist of the Fortnight; Jimmy designed and created a clay fish tile, Haylie used colour and pattern to create her own radial art work and Xavier, who showed great imagination in creating art work using recycled materials. Amazing works of art by great students! Well done!
Congratulations to all the students on both camps for their wonderful behaviour and participation in all the activities that had been planned for them. Thank you to all the teachers who attended with the students and who were also away from their own young families and partners as well. Thank you to Mr Mercer for filling in for Mr Thompson at such short notice. A special thank you goes to the parents that volunteered to attend the camp as adult helpers. We know that it is tiring, but the staff and school thoroughly appreciate your time and effort. Without such additional help we would not be able to go without hugely increased costs all round. The parents that attended both camps this year were:
Carla Kirby, Katie Floramo, Kasey Smythe and John Carra
Grade 3 Camp
Grade 4 Camp