Our 2024 planning is well underway and over the remaining weeks of Term 4, I will continue to share key information with everyone in the upcoming newsletters.
We are strongly committed to providing a high standard of ‘enriching and challenging’ learning for all children and the most equitable balance for all class sizes and needs. This directly influences the class structures we select and create each year. Specific class teacher allocations and staff roles are currently being finalised; however, we are planning for 15 class groupings: Kinder A & Kinder B, Prep A & Prep B, 1A & 1B & 2/3A, 2/3B & 2/3C, 4A & 4B, 5A & 5B, 6A & 6B.
Our systematic curriculum provision is strongly mapped and planned for all class groupings, whether in a straight or composite format. Our highly effective teachers plan collaboratively using the appropriate year level achievement standard outcomes and learning areas planning guides, as well as catering for a range of student needs within each class.
Students from our current ‘Prep to 5’ year levels will be regrouped to form our new 2024 classes; and along with key teacher-educational information, we have used each child’s list of friends to help us with this task.
All Kinder students will remain in their current class groupings to form their 2024 Prep classes. This initiative aims to maximise a key positive social factor that can contribute to and enhance student achievement for children in their foundation years, especially in their first full-time year of schooling. Further building on each child’s current strengths of ‘belonging’ and ‘relationships’ supports positive transition to and in school. This initiative is aimed at providing our ‘part-time’ to ‘full-time’ learners with a greater sense of safety, confidence and independence in both their class and school environment. Transitioning as a class importantly allows for our youngest children to be able to settle quickly into new classroom and learning routines; with an increased awareness of interconnectedness and social inclusion, understanding and tolerance/acceptance of each other.
A reminder to families that Prep to 6 End of Year reports will be sent home on Friday 15 December. Included with reports will be some key 2024 information, including Class allocations and Book, Uniform and Levy Dates.
Posi Schools Program – Co-Founder Trent Cotchin Visit
Our school have been enjoying learning about wellbeing and building positive habits through our Posi Schools program.
We were very lucky to have Posi Schools co-founder, Trent Cotchin, recently visit to celebrate our Posi Progress.
Mr Cotchin joined us for a brief sharing assembly as each class had a representative present about their Posi Schools learning. Students were very engaged and respectful as Mr Cotchin spoke and admired our sea of stripey Posi Socks.
Following the assembly, all classes participated in some Posi Play facilitated by our Sports/Daily PE Leaders. Mr Cotchin was very excited to be able to join in some fun activities and interact with students as they enjoyed their play. He toured the school and was very impressed with the enthusiasm, focus and positivity of all learners.
Recent Staffing Updates
- Last week our allocated School Social Worker, Emma House, finished in her role and working at our school. We will be informed shortly of a new Social Worker for 2024. Many thanks to Emma for her work with us over the past two years supporting students, families and staff. We wish her every success in her new position working with Yrs. 9 – 12 and policy development.
- EFA, Michael Johnstone has also recently finished working as a member of our staff team. Michael not only provided a caring nature and welcoming smile to children starting their day in Breaky Club but also helped keep our school and grounds looking great. We wish Michael all the best as he focuses on other business interests.
- Welcome back to Ms Ashleigh Laurendet who has returned from an extended period of leave and has resumed teaching part-time with us.