Second Last Week of Term

I love the work I do as I am fortunate enough to see children’s work and smiling faces when they come to proudly show off their latest achievements. Late last week, four children from a grade 3 class came to show me their artwork which they completed during their procedural writing session. Following the step-by-step instructions, these drawings were almost identical. Congratulations guys!
Well done.

One of the great things about being a KidsMatter school is the continued focus on building relationships in our school community. Our grade 6 school leaders finish their peer support training with the grade 5 children today. Once completed, the leaders are qualified to be in the yard as peer support leaders supporting our younger children with minor concerns at lunch time. This has been a 3 month program for the leaders and we are extremely proud of their enthusiasm and commitment for undertaking the training. The Breakfast Club and Happy Hub are popular places for the children where they can interact with different teachers and staff of our school. Last Thursday, we also saw a teacher versus student basketball match at lunch time. The crowd gathered and we saw a few bumps and falls, but on all accounts, I think all involved had a very competitive, but thrilling game. I’m not too sure who won though!

Each year, the children in Grades 5 & 6 complete the Student Attitudes to School Survey which provides us feedback from the children about teaching and learning and welfare related matters. We are able to follow trends in the data and also celebrate improvements but discuss areas where we can focus upon. This year, we have seen improvements in all elements of the Teaching & Learning sections from last year’s results (Teacher Empathy, Teacher Effectiveness, Student Motivation, Stimulating Learning, School Connectedness & Learning Confidence) and in the Student Relationships & Wellbeing sections (Student Morale, Student Distress, Student Safety, Connectedness to Peers and Classroom Behaviour). As with any data, we will discuss within our teams and identify ways to work with the children in focussed areas.

As you know, our school has been participating in the Woolworths Earn & Learn program. The program has now finished for this year, so a big thanks to everyone who supported our school. We’re now at the important stage of the program where the Sticker Sheets are collected and lodged as our Earn & Learn claim. We will then be able to get new educational equipment for our school. The more we collect, the more we can redeem. So this week, please send in your Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker Sheets and any loose Earn & Learn stickers you may have. Remember to check your handbag, the car glove box or they maybe stuck on the fridge. Every little bit helps. Thanks again for all your support!

With only seven more days of school before the September holidays, I would like to remind parents that school finishes at 2.30pm and children must be collected by 2.45pm. Teachers are still required to be at school and we use this time for staff meetings and planning for the next term. Our final term 3 assembly will start at 1.45pm next Friday.

Deborah

Deborah Harry

Deborah Harry

Former Principal at Hillsmeade Primary School
Deborah was the Principal at Hillsmeade from 2013 to 2016, after four years as the Principal of two schools in Castlemaine.She holds a Master of School Leadership from Melbourne University, a Graduate Diploma of Secondary Teaching and a Bachelor of Business Honours.
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