Julie Shepherd - Literacy Consultant, Julie Shepherd, has worked with teaching teams again this week to build best practice in reading, writing and spelling. She has modelled lessons in classrooms, team taught with teachers, attended planning sessions and continued mentoring staff, focusing on engagement through rich literature.
Reconciliation Week - Our week began with an explanation of acknowledgement of country during assembly, led by Amica, Zali, Bailey and Ramon in Year 6. Students have then participated in three afternoon sessions, working with their multi-age friendship groups to learn about the Boon Wurrung Language, and Dreamtime beliefs and the Mimis. Our playtime song this week has been ‘Treaty’, providing an opportunity to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture within our community.
ATSS - WE WANT OUR STUDENTS TO TELL US WHAT THEY THINK!
We value student voice as a means to improving student engagement, wellbeing, and quality instruction, and are conducting a survey to find out what your child thinks of our school. The Attitudes to School Survey is an annual student survey offered by the Department of Education and Training to assist schools in gaining an understanding of students' perceptions and experience of school. Our school will use the survey results to plan programs and activities to improve your child's schooling experience.
Students from Year 4 to 6 at our school will participate in the survey. Your child will complete the survey online during school hours using a purpose built secure online survey tool. It is important to note that we are not in any way “testing” your child. Your child has the right to refuse or withdraw from the survey at any point before, during, or after completion of the survey.
Your child will be provided with a unique login to complete the survey. The student login is an assigned identifier that may be used to link data for statistical and research purposes only. All responses to the survey are kept anonymous in the response file. Personal identification data will not be recorded in the survey response file. This ensures that the confidentiality of your child’s responses is protected at all times.
This year the Attitudes to School survey will be conducted at our school over the next two weeks. The survey only takes up to 20 minutes to complete and occurs during your child's class time.
The survey results will be reported back to the school before the end of term 2. All survey data that is made available in reports are for groups of students only so that no individual student can be identified. Data suppression rules are used for schools with low student numbers per year level. Survey results will be communicated to our community via the newsletter and through the annual school report.
If you would like more information, please speak to your child’s teacher or visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/management/improvement/Pages/performsurveyat.aspx
Child Safe Fact Sheets - Students will be participating in our annual Child Safe Standards sessions, aimed at building student confidence and understanding about what it means to feel safe. Students will unpack what a respectful relationship looks like. Key messages include talking to a trusted adult. Attached is a copy of the student fact sheet teachers used to inform student sessions, and the parent information page, as presented by the
Victorian Government. For more information go to www.education.vic.gov.au/protect
Chess - A free chess incursion will take place Wednesday 5th June in the CLC from 1:40 to 2:30 pm. Phil from Chess for Kids will be holding a free introductory session for all ability levels from grade one to six.
Chess for Kids will return to our school in Term Three to provide chess tutorial lessons to students who are interested in further developing their chess game.
Chess club continues, for this term, as a student centred club. Students are invited to meet each Monday lunchtime in the CLC to play chess.