Mothers Day, Welcome Karen, Camps & more

Dear Parents/Guardians –

Mothers Day Stall

What a fantastic day the children had yesterday thanks to our wonderful Hillsmeade Fundraising Club parents. The Mother’s Day stalls were full of goodies for mums and grandmothers. Children had money in their hands, excitement on their faces and the atmosphere in the room was full of jubilation. I wish all of our mothers and grandmothers a very happy Mother’s Day on Sunday.

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Welcome Karen Kenny

I’d like to welcome Karen Kenny to our front office. Karen was our successful applicant for the recently advertised Office Administration position and has over 13 years’ experience working in schools. Starting on Monday, Karen has settled in very quickly. Please say hello to her if you are in the office.

Giving & Receiving Feedback

This week our professional learning sessions after school have included a session on ‘Giving and Receiving Feedback’ and another on Module 2 of the KidsMatter Framework. Our staff meetings are no longer just administrative detail but rather focus on providing opportunities for our teachers to improve on their professional practice. Other sessions this term have included: ‘What does our hour of reading look like?’ and using the Hillsmeade Instructional Model in a writing session. Over the remainder of this term, we will share knowledge and skills for teaching mathematics and using ICT in the classroom.

Grade 4 & Grade 6 Camps

Preparations are underway for the Grade 4 and Grade 6 camp, both of which occur later this year. By organising them earlier, we are providing time for families to pay off the camp to allow children the opportunity to participate in these experiences. The planning for our Study Tour to China in October is also well underway with all passports finalised.

Elective Programs

Screen Shot 2016-05-04 at 8.18.34 PMOur page 3 of the Link this week highlights on our Grade 3 -6 Elective Program. The aims of this program are to improve student connectedness and engagement, to provide opportunities for children to develop their resilience and to provide opportunities for teachers and students across the year levels to develop relationships with children other than those in their class. I particularly loved this shot of Ms Ashneigh Hughes with the children in the gardening project.

Have a fantastic weekend and I’ll see you all when I return from my holiday.

– 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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