Dear Parents & Guardians –
Jenny Mikakos Visit
On Friday afternoon at the Early Learning Centre (ELC) we were lucky enough to have the Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos and local member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley MP present to open the 2016 -17 major grants round for the Children’s Facilities Capital Program. This announcement forms part of the Victorian Budget 2016/17 which will provide $10 million to fund major capital projects for kinders and children’s centres in Victoria.
Congratulations to our School Captains Joel Vigilante and Stefanie Stan who led our guests on a tour of the ELC and who represented our school with confidence.
Just a reminder that this Thursday the 19th of May is our annual Bedtime Stories night. It would be wonderful to see as many students and families in attendance and in their PJs to listen to some favourite picture book stories. This event will be taking place in the Junior classrooms, so please enter through the main building. Bedtime Stories begins at 5:30pm and concludes at 6:30pm. I look forward to seeing you there.
Monash Science Visits
On Monday the 23rd and Tuesday the 24th of May we are lucky enough to again have over 50 Monash pre-service teachers coming in to conduct science lessons for all classes Prep – 6. These lessons will be aligned to the current curriculum focus in the year levels and are sure to be a big hit. Hillsmeade continues to value our strong partnership with Monash University.
Staff Professional Learning
Over the next few weeks teachers will be enaged in a series of ICT professional learning sessions which focus on:
-IPAD 101. How to best use these new devices within our teaching and learning programs to meet the needs of all learners? Teachers will also be exploring APPs which complement the teaching and learning needs of the class.
– Using Excel. Staff will be completing sessions investigating the use of formulas in spreadsheets to assist in tracking and using data to inform teaching and learning.
Just a reminder that there is a Curriculum Day this Friday the 20th of May. No students are required on this day.
– Jodie (Acting Principal)