T1 Week 8 Newsletter 2021 (Harmony Day, Use of Assessment)

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From the Principal's desk
‘The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team’
  • Phil Jackson
Year 5/6 welcoming me into their room to participate in ‘Quality Teaching Rounds’ yesterday. Continual Improvement As a school, we are very close to completing our 2021-24 four-year School Improvement Plan (SIP). I look forward to sharing this with our community. It focuses not only on the growth of our children, but also of our staff. One aspect of this staff growth is ‘Quality Teaching Rounds’, a process whereby teachers form small groups of colleagues to observe each other teaching before applying a framework to bring improvement in practice. I am proud that our staff so willingly embark on this, and this week I had the pleasure of observing Mrs Nicastri in her classroom with a small group of staff. I was equally as impressed with Mrs Nicastri’s expertise as I was with her students’ eagerness to learn. Last week I attended a session at the Foundry Family Centre in Port Kembla to hear about a new resource for dads in our area. It is called The Fathering Project, and it offers monthly events, weekly catch ups, and even one to ones for any dads who request it. It is a free service, and one we are lucky to have. Some of the catch ups are just social events, and others can be tailored for individual support. Times have not been easy over the last twelve months for many members of our community, and I am always searching for new ways I can support wherever they exist. If this fathering resource is something you’d like to learn more about, give them a call on 1300 FATHERS and ask about the Port Kembla program, or pop into school and I can connect you in person. I will share more on this over coming weeks as well. The first event is on Wednesday afternoon, April 14 at the Foundry Centre. It is mandatory for Principals to have tree inspections on school sites. These must be completed by highly qualified arborists. These inspections are carried out with the purpose of ensuring the utmost safety for our children. They use a complex risk assessment to determine when trees need pruning or felling and balance ecological preservation with student safety. Unfortunately, we have to fell two large trees and one small one tree in 2021. Also, in the name of safety, this work is going to be completed in the upcoming holidays. It means we cannot share our space, and the gates will remain locked these holidays. We cannot share our space when construction or similar is occurring. In coming holiday periods, our gates will remain unlocked during school hours for the duration of the breaks. Following the removal of the trees this April, we plan to replant trees in four locations across the school. The consulting arborist made recommendations on species and locations which we will heed. For the carers of students in Years 3-6, your child will bring home an opt out note for the Tell Them from Me Student Surveys in 2021. The kids generally enjoy these surveys. They provide our school with valuable data on what kids are enjoying, what they don’t like, and what they would like to see at our school. They are very useful in both determining strategic directions, and evaluating our progress. No children are identified and results are grouped by school. If you would like to discuss the decision for a child not to participate, please make contact. Last but not least, this week we celebrate Harmony Week at our school. All students are encouraged to wear orange on Friday, and we will learn about the week’s mantra ‘Everybody belongs’. It is a lovely sentiment and one we often promote. Please continue the conversation with your children at home, and keep an eye on our social media avenues on Friday where we will share some of our celebrations and learning.    Have a great week, Kieren Corbyn, Principal
What Works Best: Assessment in Yr 1
Students learn best when teachers use high quality assessment. Assessment refers to the range of activities that teachers use to evaluate where students are up to in their learning. It includes formal activities such as exams and surveys, as well as more informal activities such as asking students questions and evaluating samples of their work. This week, our Year 1 class walk us through what assessment looks like in their class. Click on the picture above to view the video.
Harmony Day this Friday
Remember to wear something orange this Friday as we celebrate Harmony Day.  We'll post some photos on social media as we celebrate inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background.
Merits
Hat Parade
Big hats, small hats, whacky hats and fancy hats!!! It's time for our children to parade around in their fabulous creations for our annual Hat Parade. Children will be creating their hats in class with their buddies at the start of Week 10 and will then parade around the COLA, showing off their exciting designs, on Thursday the 1st April at 11.35am. Parents are warmly invited to watch the parade and join in on the fun. If you would like to send decorations in with your child to decorate their hat, you are more than welcome to. Please send them in a plastic bag labelled with your child's name prior to Monday of Week 10. Teachers will have plenty of fun items to share around with the class. 
NAPLAN online 2021

NAPLAN Online 2021

  Dear parents and carers,   The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is a point in time assessment of literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in the annual NAPLAN tests in writing, reading, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.   Our school will be participating in NAPLAN Online between 11 and 21 May 2021.   In preparation for NAPLAN Online, our school will be participating in practice tests between 22 March and 1 April. The practice tests give students an opportunity to become familiar with the test format, functions and tools of the online tests in a test environment. The practice tests are not an assessment of student ability and will not be marked.   Excessive preparation for NAPLAN Online is not recommended. Students do not need to be able to touch type to complete NAPLAN Online as the tests are not about keyboard skills (just as the paper test is not about handwriting skills). Students can use the public demonstration site to familiarise themselves with the types of questions and tools available in the NAPLAN Online tests.   Please see the attached NAPLAN Online – Information for parents and carers sheet for further information.   If you have any questions about NAPLAN Online, please contact your child’s teacher.   Additional resources:
Annual School Report
Our Annual School Report 2020 is now available to read on our school website. The Annual Report for 2020 is provided to the community of Lake Heights Public School as an account of the school’s operations and achievements throughout the year. It provides a detailed account of the progress the school has made to provide high-quality educational opportunities for all students, as set out in the school plan. https://lhps.nsw.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/2020-ASR-new.pdf
Dogs on school grounds
Lake Heights Public School is committed to maintaining a safe, secure, and accessible environment for all students, staff, and visitors. Based on this responsibility, no dogs, with the exception of certified service dogs accompanying a person with a disability, are permitted on our school grounds. The safety of our children is always our top priority. We appreciate your cooperation and assistance in helping us keep our children safe.
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