With the announcements from the premier today, we have learned that we will be continuing with remote learning for the remainder of term three, this takes us to Friday the 17th of September. While this is not ideal at least we have some certainty about the next two and a half weeks. The recent snap decisions to come back onsite and then go back into remote learning have taken their toll on our students, staff and I’m sure many parents. You are all doing an amazing job of staying positive and supporting your children. If you need additional supports, please reach out to your classroom teacher or us here at school and we will do our best to help you in this difficult situation.
Disability Inclusion Department of Education Reform
Recently the Department of Education announced a funding stream to support students in our schools with a disability. The $1.6 billion Disability Inclusion Reform package aims to increase support for students with disability through a strengths-based process to help schools and families identify the student's strengths and needs and the educational adjustments schools can make to help these students.
The primary focus of this reform is to support us to develop our collective capacity and understanding of teaching students with a disability. I am thankful that the Loddon and Campaspe area, in which the Macedon Ranges school are a part of, is in the first phase of the roll out of this program. We have received significant ongoing funding for the next four years. As a result of receiving this new funding we have employed two new staff members in the last month. Karlisa Smy has been employed as an educational support staff member to work in classrooms on a full-time basis to support the implementation of inclusive practices with students. We have also created a new role called the inclusion leader and in collaboration with Mount Macedon PS we have employed Oliva Desormeaux in this role to work across the two schools. Olivia will work across both schools and will be in our school for two days a week. She will conduct classrooms visits, attend student support group meetings and run professional learning for our teachers and educational support staff.
International Competitions and Assessments for Schools – (ICAS) – University of NSW testing
The annual ICAS assessment period is approaching and parents and carers of students from Year 3 to Year 6 may register their children to sit a range of assessments to challenge their children. This is an opt in and pay as you go program, and the assessments will be run before school between 8am and 9am in October by myself. Please follow the link below to register your child’s interest. (details are furtherdown in newsletter) Registrations close on September 19. The participating students receive certificates for participation and the various levels of success which will be presented at assembly in celebration of our students who strive for academic success.
Thank you to all the students and staff who dressed up for book week. It was great seeing photos of you in your dress ups and I hope it helps to foster your love of reading. I was fortunate enough to have two visitors on the book parade day, Polly and Olive S dropped in to say hello and to show me their fantastic costumes. I know this is a highlight for many students and their parents and I would like to thank you for all your efforts. Please see a selection of photos below.
Sampai jumpa (until next time)