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Term 3, Week 9

Coming up

Date

Event

10 September

SeeSaw Free Day

17 September

Last Day of Term

23 October

'A Place to Grow' Family Fun Day

MISSION STATEMENT

To work under God in partnership with parents to provide an inclusive, nurturing and high quality education for every student.

VIsion

Flourishing through faith, belonging and the pursuit of excellence.

From The Principal

Student-led Conferences 2.0

In Term 1, we introduced Student-led Conferences as a move towards a contemporary learning environment that fosters students’ voice, choice and ownership of their learning (in teacher lingo, we call it agency)

The Why behind the change

Authentic, ongoing and frequent communication

Student-led conferences are predicated on the idea that two-way communication between teachers and parents should be frequent, authentic and ongoing – not reserved for two meetings per year.

  • If you’re wondering about your child’s friendships or social development, ask the teacher straight away
  • If you are wondering how your child is doing academically, message the teacher for more information
We don’t want you to have to wait for the end of term for your questions to be answered. Unanswered questions may lead to frustration, which is the last thing we want you to feel. Please message the teacher this week if you’d like to have a private parent-teacher conversation about either of those things.
 
If you would like to book a private meeting for the teachers, you will need to do so in addition to the Student-led Conferences. Please send the teacher your questions in advance and they will address them.
 
What ‘Contemporary Learning’ looks like
 
Our Strategic Plan 2021-2024 includes the following goal: Adopt innovative teaching practices based on sound research in education and wellbeing
 
Contemporary learning acknowledges the alignment of ‘soft skills’ with academic achievement. We learn best when we are organised, resilient, focused on goals, able to work well both individually and with others.
 
Contemporary learning values real-world experiences as the format in which the richest learning happens. Student-led conferences allow students to take responsibility for their learning and set meaningful goals. By sharing them with teachers and parents, we are able to partner in supporting the students.
 
In preparation for the conferences, students are practicing reflection, metacognition, communication skills and more. Students have voice, choice and ownership in their learning.
 
What to expect
 
A student-led conference is a conference wherein the students lead parents through a journey of their learning. It is a time when the teachers step aside and allow the students and parents to share a close

educational experience together.

The purpose

Student-led conferences involve the student and the parents/guardians

  • The students are responsible for leading the conference, and also take responsibility for their learning by sharing the process with their parents/carers.
  • It may involve students demonstrating their understanding through a variety of different learning situations.
  • The conference will involve the students discussing and reflecting upon samples of work that they have previously chosen to share with their parents/guardians.
  • The student identifies strengths and areas for improvement and may discuss their learning goals.
  • It enables parents/guardians to gain further insight into the work their child is doing and offers them an opportunity to discuss it with their child.
  • The conferences are carefully prepared, and time is set aside for the students to practise their presentations.
  • It is an important opportunity for students to self-evaluate, reflect and monitor their own learning.

 



Have a great week!

Janet Moeller
Principal

Challenging ourselves to do the 'can do' activities
Knowing ourselves as learners and as friends
Enjoying the cookies that the Kinders made for their fathers on Friday

From The DEPUTY Principal

Remote Learning and Student Led Conferences

This week and next our teachers and students will start to prepare for the Student Led Conferences that will take place on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 September. This will mean there will be a change in focus for many of the activities posted on Seesaw or Google classrooms by the teachers for the remainder of term.

As part of the planning and preparation for this, all of our students will need to be logging in for their Google Meets that are now happening every morning.

There will be important information sharing and small group meetings happening with students to help them prepare for the Student Led Conference they will lead with you. I would be grateful if you can ensure that your child/children are being participants of these Google Meets.

Please refer to the information below about how to log in to book your appointment time for your Student Led Conference.

To book a student led conference you will need to log in to Parent Lounge. Once logged in, click on “Parent Teacher Interviews” and you will see displayed the dates for the conferences and a “Schedule” button.

Click “Schedule” and from the drop down list of conference times click an available time for each child.

If you are having problems logging in to Parent Lounge or did not receive an email with login and password details please contact the school [email protected] 

Social Media focus – Someone is being mean to me online

This week’s focus from the eSafety Commissioner website talks about what to do if someone is being mean to you. A key guideline here is to be kind to everyone and report to your parents/caregivers if someone is being mean to you. There are further guidelines listed below.

As I have already mentioned in previous newsletters, the eSafety Commissioner Government website is an excellent resource for educators, students and parents in providing advice, guidance and support in dealing with online issues or concerns.

What does Cyberbullying look like?

  • hurtful messages, comments or images
  • messages, posts or comments that say someone will do something mean
  • leaving you out or ignoring you online
  • spreading lies about you online
  • creating fake online profiles in someone’s name to trick you
  • sharing something online that can hurt you or make you feel bad, like a picture you don’t want anyone to see
  • threatening to share something online that will hurt you or make you feel bad
  • making you feel very sad, very scared or very upset

Remember:

  • No one deserves to be hurt online
  • Be kind to yourself – it’s not your fault
  • Cyberbullying can make you feel very alone and scared, but there is help available


What to do

  1. Get help from a trusted adult — or call Kids Helpline
  2. Get help from the police if you are in immediate serious danger.
  3. Try not to say anything back — it could make things worse.
  4. Keep evidence — an adult can help you take screenshots or keep a journal in case you need evidence to report it. See our videos on how to take a screen shot.
  5. Block or report them — most games and apps have a way to block or report someone. See the eSafety Guide for links.
  6. Report to eSafety — you can report cyberbullying. The eSafety team can help to remove bullying content and get you help and support.

Please refer to the link below for more information.

https://www.esafety.gov.au/kids/I-want-help-with/someone-is-being-mean-to-me-online

Planning for student supervision at school during lockdown

If you are sending your child/children to school for the occasional day(s) during lockdown, could you please contact the school prior to these days. This will help us plan for appropriate staff supervision ratios during this time. Your anticipated support for this is greatly appreciated.

Let’s keep looking after each other and following COVID-safe practices.

Dylan Evans
Deputy Principal

Mia's art project (Y3)
Reflecting on what makes us special

Values Focus

Let Love Win

Jesus challenged his hearers to look past the insults and injuries that occurred towards them on an almost daily basis.

Matthew 5:38 says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 

So why does Jesus advocate for this form of non-violent passive resistance? The context is the key: under the existing social order of first century Israel any person of low status could be immediately required to serve someone of higher status. If a person was being sued then their cloak was taken as collateral (returned at evening so they didn’t freeze but collected again the next day), and under Roman occupation violence was a daily occurrence.

Jesus continued on as we read in verses 43 and 44…
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Matthew 5:43-44

So why non-violent passive resistance? Because, as I shared with our students this week in my video message, in the face of injustice, love always wins. No matter what is happening in your life right now I pray that you can find a way to let love win.

Chaplain Mick

Curriculum Matters

Tournament of Minds.

Last Friday, all of our teams submitted their video solutions and required forms to be judged. This annual event is traditionally hectic, but never more so than this year! In addition to solving a problem, creating a script, organising backdrops, memorising their lines and exploring video editing software, each team had to ramp up their technical expertise and deal with all the challenges working with technology can create. In particular, students had to juggle their remote learning and still find time to meet with their team each day.

Whilst all of our teams rose to the challenge, one team delivered a winning solution, placing them first in the Riverina for the Social Sciences Challenge. A special congratulations to The Seven Amigos, a team comprising the following students; Lucy Hannaford, Demianna Tadrous, Caitlin Oakley, Harry Richards, Jack Molineux, Kavin Mehendrarajah and Kylie Warnes. These students will represent the Riverina region compete at the State Finals on 19 September.

Below you find some of our TOM team members, reflecting upon this educational experience.

I am grateful that we managed to put our video together (which I could not have done myself, but will try to learn how to for next year), but there are quite a few things that we could have improved.
Our use of the qualities we said we would display in the video which was humour and the second was was special effects – we could have improved on this by, while writing the script, turning our attention to the presentation skills we said we would display. Noah

TOM was an awesome experience once again and had its ups and downs. Amazing job to all the teams and hard work we all put into our videos and forms. It was especially hard this year because we had to do it in lockdown, but we did it in the end. Lucy

TOM is a great opportunity for students to learn how to work in groups, cabaret, have fun, laugh, share ideas, learn some new skills, you get to be in a group with friends but that is not always the case sometimes you are with people you don’t even know. Most of all, it was an opportunity to make new friends from Years 4 to 6. Demi

I enjoyed Tournament of the Minds this year because it was extremely challenging. This year, the challenge was even more difficult because we all had to video our lines at home and use technology to collaborate with our team members working from home. Sam

For next year’s T.O.M team and for the years to follow I recommend to start straight away and get your script done quickly so you have time to practise/film. Also always be prepared of what might happen, because our team had no idea that we would have to film it over Google Meet!! Nikita

Karri von Mengersen
Curriculum Coordinator

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OSHC

This week we have left the program open to allow the children the freedom to explore and create by themselves.

We have been building with paddle pop sticks, challenging each other to Wii games and on Monday we discovered some fairies in our OSHC garden.  The children made binoculars and wrote a letter to the fairies.

The Spring Vacation Care is right around the corner so if you would like a copy of the program or would like to book in please do so as we have some fantastic activities planned. We will be having a science day, a trivia day, crazy hair day and much more.

Have a wonderful week.

Rebecca Cameron
OSHC Coordinator

Lost Property

Please check lost property in the school office for misplaced items. Unclaimed items of clothing will be donated to the school’s second hand Uniform Shop at the end of term.

Please label your child’s items. This practice helps us to return your child’s clothing, etc. Thank you.

UNIFORM SHOP

Orders are accepted via the e-form purchase request on the school app, or by phone call/text message to Tegan Peel 

0401 665 640

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