Minister Visit, Bedtime Stories, Monash Science Visits and more

Dear Parents & Guardians –

Jenny Mikakos Visit

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 9.02.21 AMOn 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.Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 9.02.12 AM

Bedtime stories

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.

Curriculum Day

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)

Jodie Bray

Jodie Bray

Jodi started at Hillsmeade as a Leading Teacher in 2015, and then Assistant Principal in 2016. She was acting Principal for two terms in 2016/2017 and then became substantive Principal in term 2, 2017.

She brings a wealth of pedagogical experience to Hillsmeade, and is passionate about using data to drive student outcomes. She is also a passionate basketball player and coach.
Jodie Bray