Principal's Report 

Today we had our Mortlake Kindergarten students visit for the first time this year. All prospective students started off the day by attending our P-12 Assembly. Following on from this, the students had the opportunity to explore our new P-2 Discovery Room, engage in story time as well as exploring other part so f our school. The Kindergarten students will visit our school again over the next 3 terms. We look forward to continuing to build our strong partnership with Kindergarten.

 

 

This Wednesday will be hosting our School OPEN NIGHT. It has been some years since we have opened up our doors for an evening open night.  I would like to encourage all new and exiting families to come along and meet our staff (many new faces in 2021) and find out what our wonderful school has to offer. Our school is a progressive intuition and we are constantly improving our programs and offerings.

The school tours will kick off at 5pm and run up until 7pm (leaving the main office foyer area). There will be subject information to collect and other educational activities that families will be encouraged to participate in. All families will enter a draw upon arrival with the chance to win 1 of 3 local business spending vouchers. We look forward to meeting you!

 

Enrolments 2022- We are now taking new enrolments. We ask families considering enrolling in our school to collect enrolment information from the main office and submit their enrolments by early term 3. 

 

Student Leadership: Congratulations to Claire Mahncke who recently attend her first introduction CEP (Country Education Partnerships) forum in Melbourne last week. Claire is a selected Rural Youth Ambassador and she had privilege of joining up with approximately 15 other RYA’s from across the state (Below- students pictured outside the Victorian State Library).

The first forum is an opportunity for the groups to meet and reflect on their experiences growing up rural. The ambassadors discuss the challenges, and also the highlights of going to school in rural Australia. They begin establishing some of the solutions they believe will address the challenges identified by the group.

The first forum is an opportunity for the groups to meet and reflect on their experiences growing up rural. The ambassadors discuss the challenges, and also the highlights of going to school in rural Australia. They begin establishing some of the solutions they believe will address the challenges identified by the group.

 

Parent teacher interviews: 

We had a terrific turn out by our families to the parent teachers interviews held last Monday. I would like to thank families for their attendance and commitment to their child's education. Please don’t hesitate to contact your child's classroom teacher if you require additional communication and support concerning your child's progress.

NAPLAN Kicks off next week, 11th-14th May:

 

Our year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students will be participating in the NAPLAN assessments for Reading, Writing, Language conventions (Spelling and Grammar) and Numeracy from Tuesday 11th to Thursday 13th May. NAPLAN is one of the tests we use to determine your child’s learning growth and level of achievement. We explore this test at a whole school level and compare it with our other assessments to see if the programs we are implementing are effective, our teacher judgements are accurate and to evaluate our courses. Most importantly, our teachers look at the NAPLAN results to see what your child is doing well and what they need to focus on to make further targeted improvement. Our year 7 and 9 students can expect that not only will teachers be using their results to inform their practice, they will be talking to each student about what they’ve discovered and what they are going to do next. While some students do get nervous about tests, I would like to encourage all of our students to see this as an opportunity to learn more about themselves and their learning strengths and needs. This means that all of the students in year 7 and 9 will need to put our school values of Respect, Resilience and Excellence into action to ensure they apply and achieve their best effort.  This will mean we get the most accurate data to inform our practice. In the 'Well being' section of this newsletter, we have included some helpful resources for families regarding Fear, Worries and other Anxieties. However, the best thing you can do if your child is going to do NAPLAN is to remind them to do their best and apply what they know. Please don’t hesitate to contact myself if you have any further questions about NAPLAN.

 

 

A reminder that this Thursday 6th May is a student free day (Warrnambool May Race Holiday)

And remember: ‘A learning curve is essential to GROWTH’- Anon.