The strong winds last night played havoc with trees, traffic signals and power in our local communities. The school yard is covered in smaller broken branches. Fortunately, there is very little damage to report other than that.
Our community continues to display resilience and a remarkable ability to manage their way through the current lockdown arrangements. Well done and take on the challenges as they arrive. We can do this.
A great encouragement for us all is the reduction in numbers of positive test results. Remember to wear your masks, stay close to home, exercise for the permitted times, hand hygiene is important, stay socially distanced and remember to connect with your networks.
Our Education Minister has not indicated a clear timeline for return to school in term 4. These decisions are based on advice from the health officers. Further details will be provided as we are notified. We have three weeks to go this term; they will be challenging but the holiday break is in sight. We acknowledge all the work that goes into the onsite learning program, our families who are invested and engaged in the remote learning program and the work undertaken by our students during this time continues to be sensational.
Over the next few weeks, teachers will be involved in one-on-one assessments with students, and working towards collecting a range of achievement data. These important work samples and assessment results are used to support planning and the delivery of lessons. There will be adjustments made to current class timetables to accommodate one-on-one teacher conferences and some new additions to how our work is supported and delivered into each learning space.
In the junior classes, reading assessment happens in the form of a Running Record. A Running Record is an common assessment tool which provides an insight into a student’s reading as it is happening. Teachers take a Running Record while a child is reading out loud. This form of assessment provides information on the following:
- a score of word reading accuracy
- an analysis of a reader's errors and self-corrections
- an analysis of the reading strategies used.
After the student has finished reading, according to the number of errors and self-corrections, the teacher can determine the level of text difficulty. All of this information can then be used to develop targeted learning intentions which will inform future teaching and student learning needs.
Students in Years 3 – 6 will be involved in one-on-one Probe testing, or another similar tool, to assess their reading and comprehension progress.
Spoonville is coming to CJC
Yesterday you may have noticed a social media post that invites CJC families to add to our Spoon Village outside the front entrance on Balaclava Road. If you live more than 5 kilometres away, don’t worry, you can post (or email a photo of) your “citizens” to us and we will add them to the growing population. Encourage your friends and neighbours to join in and add to the collection.
We have been steadily processing refunds to families for the payments made at the start of the year for the Key Experience Levy. We need to know the destination for these refunds and you can provide these banking details via the Compass platform.
Many families have kindly donated their refunds to the school. These generous gifts will be added to the playground improvement work and ensure all children benefit from the gifts directed to us by our families.
At Caulfield Junior College, we are committed to providing students with diverse learning opportunities in a multicultural context that challenges students to recognise their individual potential.
It is an understanding that students will develop the knowledge and skills to appreciate our own and other people’s cultures; exploring differences, embracing them when we can, in order to become responsible citizens of our world. Two of our school goals in 2020 are to improve outcomes in Literacy and Numeracy for all students and to engage, challenge and empower students through voice and agency. This work will continue into the upcoming school year.
The teaching and learning program at Caulfield Junior College is consistently reviewed and reflected upon so as to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our students.
On a weekly basis, the staff of CJC connect via zoom to engage with their colleagues in professional Learning workshops. Within these workshops, colleagues participate in unpacking the Victorian and French curriculums, share their learnings, reflect on professional readings and discuss what teaching and learning might look like moving forwards at CJC. These workshops are dynamic and inspiring, enabling colleague collaboration about best practice in teaching and learning.