Dear parents and carers,
This week we commenced our transition program for students who will be joining us at Parkhill in Foundation next year. It was so great to see the children engaged and experiencing a taste of school. It was also lovely to meet new parents joining us for the first time as well as returning parents in the information session held earlier in the week. A big thank you to our Foundation teachers for organising the transition activities and to Michelle Smith for organising and running the parent information sessions. Further transition sessions will be held in coming weeks.
2022 Annual Implementation Plan Priorities
As a result of the significant disruptions over the past two years and the challenges faced by students, staff and school communities, the Department of Education has set a number of common and core priorities schools need to deliver in 2022. Some of our students have thrived in the remote learning environment, others have maintained their learning progress, and some need extra learning and wellbeing support despite the best efforts of their teachers and families. In 2022 we will continue to focus on student learning and student wellbeing – with an increased focus on numeracy. Learning support will continue to be provided with the continuation of the Tutor Learning program.
The Parkhill School Improvement Team has been examining student achievement data which indicates that while we have made great gains in writing, numeracy needs a concerted focus for improvement. This will involve building the capacity of our staff in evidence-based practices, particularly around assessment and differentiation, to ensure consistency.
Teachers are currently developing Semester Two reports. Due to the challenges of remote learning, the reports will look slightly different. For English and Maths, there will be a short statement of what has been taught as well as an assessment of achievement and progress against the Victorian Curriculum standards. All other curriculum areas will have a statement regarding what has been taught as well as a comment on achievement and progress, however this will not include a judgement against the Victorian Curriculum. A full explanation will be provided in a letter that accompanies the report.
Monday (15th November) is a curriculum day – a student free day.
Have a lovely weekend.