Bounce Back

As part of the kidsmatter framework we are beginning to implement a social and emotional learning curriculum from Kindergarten to grade six called Bounce Back. Bounce Back is an evidence based wellbeing and resilience program. Each week every year level has a focus linked to a story and discussion to support students to build strong social and emotional skills.

In term one we covered values including; Honesty, Fairness, Responsibility, Cooperation, Acceptance of differences, Respect and Friendliness.

Here is an overview of our whole school approach.

Week Unit Focus (Kinder – Grade 2) Focus (Grade 3 – Grade 4) Focus (Grade 5 – Grade 6) Social and Emotional Competency
1 Positive Start Refer to handout Refer to Handout Refer to Handout Building Relationships

Student Engagement

2

 

Core Values

 

Honesty Honesty Acting fairly, honestly and responsibly Social Awareness

Self-Awareness

Self-Management

Relationship Skills

Responsible Decision Making

3 Core Values Being Fair Being tactful Fairness and responsibility Social Awareness

Self-Awareness

Self-Management

Relationship Skills

Responsible Decision Making

4

 

Core Values Caring about and supporting others and showing kindness Social justice Support, kindness and compassion Social Awareness

Self-Awareness

Self-Management

Relationship Skills

Responsible Decision Making

5

 

Core Values

 

Supporting people we don’t know (a combination of Kindness and Fairness) Kindness and supporting others Cooperation Social Awareness

Self-Awareness

Self-Management

Relationship Skills

Responsible Decision Making

6

 

Core Values

 

Kindness to animals Supporting and caring for animals Cooperating to protect our environment Social Awareness

Self-Awareness

Self-Management

Relationship Skills

Responsible Decision Making

7

 

Core Values

 

It’s OK to be different It’s ok to be different It’s OK to be different Social Awareness

Self-Awareness

Self-Management

Relationship Skills

Responsible Decision Making

8

 

Core Values

 

Including others Is it fair? “in” groups versus “out” groups Respect Social Awareness

Self-Awareness

Self-Management

Relationship Skills

Responsible Decision Making

9

 

Core Values Smiling is Contagious Cooperation for world peace and to look after our environment Cooperating for world peace Social Awareness

Self-Awareness

Self-Management

Relationship Skills

Responsible Decision Making

Our Hillsmeade Heroes certificates are now based on the Bounce Back lesson for the week.

The Language of Resilient Families

Parenting ideas and insights from Michael Gross

Children and adults in resilient families tune into the needs of each

other, choosing situation-specific language, rather than simply

regurgitating generalised ‘feel-good’ or ‘get-on-with-it’ platitudes.

Follow the link here for his great advice to support your child’s learning and development.

language of resilient families

 

IT Improvements and ANZAC Day

Dear Parents/Guardians –

Hillsmeade School Improvements – Information Technology 2016

With the exciting opening of the new school oval now two months old the school has turned its focus to Information Technology and updating the current IT infrastructure throughout the school.

In 2015 the school purchased 14 x 60” HD TV’s and installed these in classrooms. The school also began preliminary work in devising a plan to begin the replacement of over 80 desktop and notebooks computers.

Early 2016 the school arranged the purchase of 14 more 60” HD TVs and these have been installed in the remaining classrooms throughout the school. These screens are used daily to provide explicit instruction and engage students in learning activities.

Furthermore, the school committed to purchasing 120 x iPads, 90 Netbooks and 28 Notebooks. These resources will be distributed throughout the school and Learning Centre and will provide both students and teachers with access to current technologies in teaching and learning. The first roll out of these devices is expected in the upcoming month of May.

Over the year the staff will continue to receive professional development on the use of these IT devices in the classroom and how to maximise their effectiveness for student learning and engagement.

Planning for the attainment of more digital devices in 2017 is already underway as the school strives to provide the best educational opportunities for our students.

ANZAC Day

On Tuesday 26th April students from Alkira visited our school to conduct an ANZAC Day service with our year 5/6 student. We were fortunate to hear from two ANZAC veterans and learn more about the ANZAC story.

ANZAC Ceremony
School Captains, Stef and Joel with City of Casey Mayor Sam Aziz, Ms Harry & veterans Bill Shepheard, & John Boothroyd

Have a wonderful week.

– Scott 

School Captains, Annual Report, Car Boot Sale & Pyjama Day

Dear Parents / Guardians

School Captains

On Friday afternoon at our assembly, Judith Graley MP presented our School Captains, Stefanie Stan and Joel Vigilante and their fellow school leaders with their badges. Three of our leaders recently attended the City of Casey Youth Services Planning for the Future Summit. We congratulate all twenty leaders as they continue to develop their skills supporting our school community.
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Annual Report 2015

School Council is inviting parents to a half hour information session to present our 2015 Annual Report on Thursday 28th April @ 7pm-7.30pm in the Library. Our Annual Report showcases an overview of how the school is contributing to the objectives of the Education State and how it compares to other Victorian government schools. Following this session, the members of School Council will be undertaking a 2 hour Strategic Planning workshop to deepen their understanding in three areas:

  • How to work with the leadership team to develop key documents in the 4 plan strategic cycle;
  • How to use data to identify what the school is doing well and what needs to be done to further improve student outcomes;
  • How to fulfil the governance role by ensuring the school’s planning and practices reflect Departmental guidelines and community expectations.

Car Boot Sale

On Sunday morning, the HFC held their first Car Boot Sale. On a beautiful, sunny morning, the sausages sizzled (provided by the HPV fundraising team), hot coffee was consumed and goods were sold. Thank you to our dedicated group of parents who organised this day!

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Wear your PJ’s day

Yesterday, many children and teachers wore their PJ’s as part of our Book Donation day. A very quick tally shows that we received 928 books. A special thank you to Meg Yates for organising this day and we thank all children for donating their pre-loved readers.
Have a wonderful week.

Deborah

Term 2 Welcome

Dear Parents / Guardians

Welcome

Welcome to term 2, an eleven week, busy term filled with lots of explicit teaching and learning, student assessment (including NAPLAN for grade 3 & 5 children) and reporting, excursions, incursions, sporting activities and fundraising events. I encourage all parents/guardians to check the events list on this page and keep an eye on the letters coming home from the children. Our website also has a calendar for you to look at. If you register to subscribe on the website, you will automatically receive email notification of changes.

Staffing Changes

In the last week of term 1 and over the holidays there have been some staffing changes:

  • Sharon Whiting’s last day was Friday 8th March and she spent time over the break ensuring everything was ready for our new Business Manager, Julie Hale.
  • Di Leeming (Office Administration) has finished work at Hillsmeade PS after 11 years in both the office and working as an Integration Aide.
  • Four Integration Aide staff members have been contracted until the end of the 2016 school year. Please welcome Michelle Spellman, Louise Chaplin, Belinda Lane and Cheryl Zubcic to our school. These experienced and/or Certificate III qualified staff members will be providing support for children through our PSDMS program. Integration Aides already on staff will be working with the Grade 1 classes.
  • We have been fortunate to recruit Karen Kenny, an experienced office administrator, currently working at Timbarra Prep-9 to join our office team. Karen will start on Monday 2nd May.

Easter Egg Hunt

Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 4.06.26 PMAfter the assembly on the last day of term 1, the HFC organised a huge Easter Egg Hunt for children with eggs donated by LJ Hooker. Many of us on staff thought this would be a difficult event to manage, however we were very excited and pleased to see the children having so much fun collecting their eggs off our new sporting field. Thank you to all volunteer parents and community members who helped with this hunt. I believe our HFC President, Inez Crowe is already planning next year’s event to be bigger and better.

Enrolment Data

Yesterday we received notification that our enrolment data will be audited for this year. On Census Day we provided information to the department that we had 903 students enrolled at the school. An audit confirms our attendance records for all children and determines whether funding received correlates to the number of children regularly attending school. It is therefore vital for students to be at school to secure the funding which we use to operate the school.

Deborah on Leave

I will be taking three weeks long service leave from 9th—27th May to travel to South Africa. Mrs Jodie Bray will be acting as principal during this time with additional leadership support from Mrs Mandy Ryan. The school will be in very capable hands.

Have a great week and it’s fantastic to be back into the routine of coming to school.

Deborah