Last week our school commenced the recognition of National Reconciliation Week (NRW), which is an opportunity for everyone to learn and reflect on our shared history and culture. The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision. The theme for this year’s Reconciliation Week was ‘more than a word’. At our recent assembly some classes presented their learning in this area which reflected the range of activities that have occurred around the school, including a focus on indigenous language and art work, learning about the origins of Reconciliation Week and year 7 students facilitating indigenous games for students to play. All staff are committed to building an inclusive school environment that is respectful of all cultures and to support this, they recently participated in a training and development session facilitated by two teachers from LeFevre HS. The session covered how indigenous perspectives are reflected in the Australian Curriculum and also provided an informative overview about the importance of meaningful learning occurring in this area on an ongoing basis.
OSHC Vacation Care
Yesterday our OSHC Director, Andrew, sent out information regarding the program for the upcoming July vacation care. This is a fantastic outcome in terms of being able to offer this opportunity to the school community. The OSHC staff are very excited and keen to ensure the vacation care program is enjoyable and engaging for participating students and we look forward to its success. Please contact the OSHC service for details on how to make bookings.
Pupil Free Day
On Friday June 11 our school will be having a pupil free day with the focus being curriculum planning. Teaching teams have spent much time developing a range of planning documents to guide their programs, and on the day, there will be an opportunity to reflect on what areas of the curriculum have been covered to this point in the year and to set directions for future student learning. Teachers’ work in this area supports the consistent mapping out of the curriculum to ensure high quality student learning occurs across all learning areas.
Along with this, staff will also participate in an introduction to a new reading resource that the school has recently purchased. The program is called MYON which is an online platform that provides children access to a large range of digital books. Once set up, this program will be utilised by teachers to support their current reading program along with the opportunity for individual student use. Complementary to this program, teachers will able to use the program to assess student reading progress which will help inform their teaching program. The reading resources provided on MYON will be accessible at home to families.
School of Languages
Thank you to all families that responded to the recent survey about the possibility of our school offering a second language (after hours) in 2022. In the coming weeks a formal expression of interest will be provided to the community; the information gained from this process will determine as to whether we go ahead with this opportunity.
For students kicking balls on the Metcalfe Lawn it is important that this activity is done away from the main building, including not using the flagpoles as goals.