Bedtime Stories, Monash Science, Mandarin Night & more

What a busy few weeks we have had. I have enjoyed my time keeping Ms Harry’s seat warm, but look forward to her returning to school on Monday the 30th of May.

Bedtime stories

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 7.38.26 PMA huge thank you to families and teachers who battled the wind and rain to attend the Bedtime Stories event last Thursday. It was wonderful to see students, siblings, parents and teachers in their PJs and listening to fantastic stories.

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Monash Science Visits

This week we had Monash University Science pre-service teachers come in to deliver Science lessons to grades Prep – 6. The students demonstrated interest, curiosity and wonder throughout the lessons and provided valuable teaching opportunity for the pre-service teachers. Hillsmeade continues to value our strong partnership with Monash University and the opportunities provided for our students through this partnership.

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Division Cross Country

On Thursday the 3rd of June 12 students will be representing our school at the Division Cross Country event to be held at Casey Fields. We wish the following students the best of luck for the event: Holly Van Der Loop, Krystal Hayes, Matthew Nelson, Joel McConchie, Ella Ryan, Kira Emery, Jess Catheray, Alisha Kennedy, Kur Maler, Matt Pollard, Jack Cornish and Logan Klat.

Mandarin Event

Just a reminder that on Tuesday the 31st of May we will host our first Mandarin Community Event. The event begins at 4pm and concludes at 5:45pm. Please come along to participate in activities and see the wonderful work our students from grades Prep – 6 have been engaged in.

Parent Engagement

There is strong research around the importance of parent engagement in education. When you are positively engaged in your child’s education, they are more likely to attend and perform better at school. The Australian Government has released a free app that assists parents with useful tips and inspiring ways to be more involved in their child’s learning. Visit the website to learn more.

How can you help your child do well at school?

  • Have high yet achievable expectations of your child,
  • Talk regularly about school and the value of learning,
  • Encourage positive attitudes and respect for school and teachers, and
  • Model the behaviours you would like to see in your child.

Other things you can do which have also been shown to have a positive impact are to:

  • Read out loud with your child and listen to your child read out loud,
  • Talk and ask about what they are learning,
  • Ask what was and was not fun at school, and
  • Help them to develop strong work habits.

One of the most effective ways parents and families can help children to do better at school is to make sure they go to school every day. School attendance has a major influence on educational outcomes. Students who attend school regularly are more likely to achieve better results at school and are more likely to complete their schooling.

– Jodie (Acting Principal)

Jodie Bray

Principal at Hillsmeade Primary School
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.