This last week of term 3 has proven to be a typical Victorian spring week. We had twenty-seven degrees and beautiful sunshine on Monday. As the grade 3 students, teachers and volunteer parents hopped on the bus to visit Melbourne Zoo today (Tuesday), raincoats, umbrellas and jackets were evident as we hoped for 15 degrees. Tomorrow when I travel with the grade 5’s up to Sovereign Hill in Ballarat, I’ll be prepared with the full ensemble of winter/spring attire. If you’ve visited Sovereign Hill before, you’ll know that a jacket, scarf and even gloves are in order.
Congratulations to team Bull Rush, the overall winner of Survivor Day last Friday. The grade 5 & 6 children supported each other in their teams to get through the many and varied challenges set by the teachers. I think the team had an advantage given Ms Tierney has been part of this event for a number of years.
This week the Government and the Department of Education launched The Education State by announcing $747 million in extra funds to deliver great schools for every community and great teachers in every classroom. If you would like to read more about this, please have a look on the DET’s website.
Developing the Education State involved consultation with various stakeholders where six key themes emerged:
- Improving the quality of teaching;
- Ensure the overall wellbeing of children and young people;
- The need for all students to have access to quality education;
- The importance of ensuring students see clear learning and career pathways;
- Partnerships with communities; and
- The need to consistently monitor student learning progress and school improvement.
Five and ten year targets have been set to improve reading, maths, science, arts and critical and creative thinking results for all Victorian children. Other initiatives include a new Victorian Curriculum F-10 (incorporating AusVELS), a School Leadership initiative, additional Regional Services & Support, a Framework for improving Student Outcomes and a new Online Assessment Platform (Insight). Hillsmeade PS has already been advised that we will receive additional equity funding which has been calculated based on the levels of social disadvantage of our school. We will be afforded some exciting and challenging opportunities in the next few years of education and more particularly, as we develop our next Strategic Plan.
I wish you all a relaxing two week break with family and friends.