As we continue our journey towards world class education by working towards making every student great by 2028 it is important that not only the students participate in learning, but also teachers. To provide additional support to students and teachers we advertised for an Improvement, Engagement and Interventions Coordinator for our school. The role would encompass working as part of the Leadership team to identify the needs of students predominantly focussing on reading. Reading underpins everything, reading is the key to opportunity, achievement and success. I am pleased to announce that Aaron Sharp has been successful in being appointed in this role. Aaron has a deep understanding of reading skills and the reading process. As part of his role he will be identifying, tracking, monitoring, implementing reading programs and working with small groups of students on targeted intervention programs to improve reading outcomes. Aaron will also work with teachers to further develop their understanding of the reading process and skills required to be successful to ensure continuity of programs and interventions withing the classroom. These processes will not only support students experiencing difficulties in this area but also provide intellectual stretch to ensure all students are benefiting from this one year initiative.
Attendance is imperative to learning. Another part of Aaron’s role will be to monitor student attendance of all of our students. Our current attendance is 90% and our goal is to increase this considerably and ensure students are actively engaged in their learning. Aaron will not only track student’s attendance, but work with both students, parents/carers and staff to implement programs to improve both attendance and engagement.
To ensure consistency, Danni Gericke will be teaching in T2. Danni has been a staff member at Thiele Primary School since 2013 and has taught Yr 1/2 students in T5 last year as well as R-7 Science. Luke James will be teaching Science on Monday and Friday to T8, T13, T14, T15 and T16 students as well as T15 on Wednesdays and T14 on Thursdays. Luke is familiar to the students as he taught Music for several terms and was a TRT to many classes last year.
These actions directly relate to our External Review Directions of:-
- Direction 1: Ensure all staff have shared understanding, ownership and accountability of the School Improvement Plan (SIP), by refining processes that actively involve staff in all stages of the SIP process.
- Direction 2: Ensure quality in the teaching and learning in every classroom by building and consolidating a shared commitment and responsibility in actively and consistently implementing the schools agreed practices daily, at all levels of schooling.
- Direction 3: Strengthen student agency by making learning visible through clear learning intentions and success criteria that enable students to benchmark their learning and set explicit learning goals that continuously stretch and challenge their learning.
- Direction 4: Ensure differentiation, intellectual stretch and challenge for all students by strengthening teachers’ capacity to track and monitor the progress of individual student learning, and the use of formative assessment and feedback to inform the next steps in learning.