From the Deputy Head of Junior School

Better late than never but never late is better!
The children had such a smooth start to their mornings last week. Thank you all for ensuring your child is at school on time and ready to begin their learning at 8.30am. Beginning the day well cannot be underestimated. If you have ever been late to a meeting you would know how unsettled and tense you can feel upon arrival, and it can take at least 5 to 10 minutes to feel comfortable and ready to take information in. It is no different in the classroom for your child if they are consistently late to school. A good and punctual start to the day has a positive impact on learning and sets your child up for a good day. If your child is late to school and the bell has gone, please sign your child in at Reception after you have dropped your child in to the classroom. The teacher will have started their teaching and lessons, so if you have an important message please leave it with Lisa Stewart at Reception and she will ensure the teacher receives it.

The Prep teachers have already commenced their Literacy and Numeracy assessments of the children. The other teachers began their testing this week. The teachers conduct a one-to-one Maths interview with each child to ascertain where they are in their understanding of Maths. They assess the strategies the students use to get their answers and this assists the teachers to plan for your child’s needs in the classroom over the coming term. New students have their reading assessed and teachers note the strategies the children use to decode and decipher unknown words and answer comprehension questions. We already have a lot of rich data about our current students that the teachers refer to for further information.

The teachers look forward to hearing from you at the Parent Teacher Information Sharing evening scheduled over Tuesday 1 March and Thursday 3 March. You are a rich source of information for teachers, as you know your child so well. The teachers also want to hear about the goals you have for your child this year. You will receive an email next week to book your information sharing interview.

How to help your child develop as a reader and Classroom Helpers Course
Parents of students in Prep to Year 2 would have received an emailed invitation to attend an information evening on Tuesday 23 February at 7.00pm in the Evans Library. If you would like to learn more about how you can help your child at home as they learn to read, then Colleen Jarrett-Burke and I look forward to receiving your RSVP. If you need further information, please see either your child’s classroom teacher or us.

Each year, Colleen Jarrett-Burke, who is the Prep to Year 3 Co-ordinator and Prep to Year 6 English Co-ordinator, runs a Classroom Helpers Course for those parents who wish to assist in the Prep to Year 2 classrooms during Literacy rotations. This year’s course will be held on Thursday 17 March from 9.00-11.00am. There will be more information to follow closer to the date. Please contact Colleen if you have any queries in the meantime.

House Swimming Trials
Our Year 3 to 6 children will participate in the House Swimming Trials tomorrow in readiness for the House Swimming Carnival on Friday 18 March. It is always exciting for our Year 3 children to swim the full length of the pool at our marvellous Bulleen complex. Parents are welcome to attend both events. There was detailed information about both events in last week’s eNewsletter. You can view that information here.

Please note that this Friday 12 February is also our School Photo day. All students are to wear full summer uniform (no blazer required) to school. Students in Years 3 to 6 will be given ample time to change into their sports uniform for the trials. Thank you very much for your assistance.

Your child’s classroom teacher would have showed you their class’s CLASSe site at Meet the Teacher night.

Hometasks for students in Year 3 to 6 are uploaded so you know what is expected of your child. If you click onto the Term Curriculum Overviews tab, you will find a summary of what your child is learning for Term 1 in their classroom in English, Mathematics and Integrated Studies. Clicking on the specialist tabs on the bottom left-hand side will give you the same term outline information. Your child’s class timetable is also available under its own tab, as are class announcements under the tab Class News. If you want to find out more information about what your child is learning for the whole year in any subject area, please have a look at our Pathways site. If you have any questions about this site or about the curriculum offerings in the Junior School, please see me.

Louise Sayar
Deputy Head – Student Learning