- 15 August 2017
Dear Parents and Caregivers
Welcome to the second half of Term 3! I hope that everyone took advantage of the beautiful weather which came with the long weekend. We are truly blessed to be living and working in such a beautiful part of the country – God is good!
From all accounts our Year 3 students had a very exciting and memorable first school camp. Well done to all these students on taking that first big step of independence and growing as young people through experiencing the many highlights and, I am sure, a few challenges along the way. Thank you to the following parents who volunteered their precious family and work time to be part of this memory making experience for the students: Dimitiri Faolua, Nic Martin, Mark Agnew, Scott Normille, Ann Arvidson, Nick Herson. Thank you to our Year 3 teaching team of Mrs. Henderson, Mrs. Farrell and Mrs. Witham for all the work done behind the scenes in planning and organizing this great adventure for the students in their care.
This coming Saturday will see a number of our community stakeholders gather to be part of the annual review of our Strategic Plan. This will begin at 9am and conclude by 12:30pm. If you are planning to be part of this forum, please RSVP your attendance with the front office by Thursday afternoon. Once the review has been completed, a draft copy of the school’s 2018-2020 Strategic Plan and the draft 2018 Annual Plan will be made available for your perusal and further feedback. Thank you in advance to those members of the parent body, staff and School Council who have indicated that they will be in attendance on Saturday.
Next week is BOOK WEEK and our annual BOOK FAIR at St Paul’s! We will be celebrating everything which is great about the importance and enjoyment of Reading. The week will include a Dress Up Day on Tuesday, Book Blanket on Thursday, the Book Fair will run from Monday to Friday and it will culminate with our Grandparents’ Day on Friday. This is also a great time to get the grandparents down to the Book Fair in the library where they can purchase a book our two [or three] for your child. See you there!
As we continue to focus on improving learning outcomes, student independence and time management at St Paul’s, I would like to share with you this week some Reading data which we have collected from our current Year 4 [past 6 months] and Year 5 [past 18 months] students who have been growing and working as learners in the “purer” flexible learning spaces in the school. As a minimum annual school improvement Reading benchmark, we work with your child to achieve at least 12 months progress in their reading. As we know by now, student progress and achievement are stage and not age based as each student’s learning journey and experiences unfold for them. Currently our assessment to date is showing that the current Year4 students have averaged as a cohort 6 months growth. Please note that this means some students have made more progress and some students are needing to consolidate the various skills at their current level remembering a level is a teacher’s tool not a child’s label. The current Year 5 students have also shown similar growth rate with an emphasis on reading broadly to increase vocabulary and inferential comprehension which is vital at the levels that Year 4 to 6 students are exposed to. Daily 5 gives multiple opportunities for students to read and develop reading skills and therefore grow as learners as displayed in the infographic below.
Next week I will be sharing with you what Neuroscience is telling us about student movement, fidgeting [do you remember those students who got into trouble for fidgeting when we went to school?], attention/distraction and ergonomics [fitting the student to the task].
Thank you to those parents who took the time to complete and return our annual parent survey. I will make this information available to you in a future newsletter once the student, parent and teacher data has been collated.
Many blessings for the rest of the week.
Yours in Christ