I can’t believe it is already the end of week 5. Our Year 5 students returned from Lady Northcote camp on Wednesday exhausted but still buzzing from the success of the camp. I have now lost count of how many times I have had a go at the giant swing. I am not as enamored with the whole process as the students are, but it was great to see them all take risks and go outside of their comfort zones. We are still looking forward to our Year 3 big day out and Year 4 camp to round out our camping program for 2023 and have organised some more new camp sites for 2024.
Tansitioning to 2024
Thanks to all of the families who have sent in emails and letters that have given us a greater insight into our student needs. One wonderful thing about this year for me, is the opportunity to get to know the student’s individual needs a little better as it continues to strengthen my ability to build relationships. Our teachers and staff are currently working through the various permutations of class placements. As you know, it is a tricky process, and we value the input from families as we work through it. I can let everyone know that we will have one composite class next year in our 1-2 area, we will be running a 25-classroom model with 4 Preps, 4 and a half year 1’s, 3 and a half Year 2’s and 4 Year 3 classrooms. This model allows us to keep all of our junior classrooms small, ensuring more capacity for explicit small group focus in the early years of schooling where it is proven to have the greatest impact.
We have already commenced our 2024 Prep transitions with a few visits from Interlaken kindergarten this week. We are delighted to be able to welcome our 2024 preps into school for transition on the 14th as we begin the important transitioning process. We will also run our whole school transition day later in December. During this day every child will have the opportunity to step up into their new classroom, meet the teacher and spend the day with their new classmates.
Don’t forget that we do have a curriculum day on Monday the 6th of November. Staff have been given a report writing day to work on student reporting requirements for term 4. TheirCare will be running a holiday program for those who need it. Please book if you require this service.
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL’S REPORT
As we gear up for the long weekend, it’s the perfect time to create lasting memories with our children. Please take this time to turn these precious days into a mini family vacation or stay closer to home. Here are some ideas to help you make the most of your upcoming long weekend:
- Outdoor Adventures: Embrace the beauty of the great outdoors! Whether it’s a trip to a nearby park, hiking in the woods, or a visit to the beach, nature provides endless opportunities for fun and bonding. Pack a picnic, play outdoor games, or simply enjoy a leisurely stroll together.
- Arts and Crafts: Set up a creative corner at home and unleash your inner artists. Gather art supplies, and work on DIY projects or simply color and draw together. This is a fantastic way to encourage your children’s creativity while spending quality time with them.
- Movie Marathon: Sometimes, there’s nothing better than a cozy movie night in. Let your kids choose their favorite films, make some popcorn, and create a mini cinema experience in your living room. Don’t forget the blankets and snuggles!
- Baking Bonanza: Get the kids involved in the kitchen and bake some delicious treats together. Whether it’s cookies, cupcakes, or a special cake, the joy of baking and the delicious results are sure to delight everyone’s taste buds.
- Board Games and Puzzles: Unplug and enjoy some good old-fashioned fun with board games and puzzles. These activities promote critical thinking, teamwork, and lots of laughter.
- Story Time: Spend some quiet moments reading books together. Choose a variety of books that suit different ages and interests, and let the kids take turns reading aloud or listening to your storytelling.
- Family Project: Start a project that the whole family can work on together, such as building a birdhouse, a garden, or even a family scrapbook. It’s a fantastic way to teach children about teamwork and patience while creating something meaningful.
- Day Trip: Explore a nearby town or city that you’ve never visited before. You don’t have to go far to discover new places and experiences. Check out local attractions, try new restaurants, or simply enjoy the change of scenery.
- Camp in the Backyard: If you have a backyard, set up a mini camping adventure. Pitch a tent, tell stories around a campfire (safely in a fire pit), and enjoy the simplicity of being in the great outdoors right at home.
- Special Family Dinner: End the long weekend on a high note by preparing a special family dinner together. Let everyone contribute to the menu and enjoy a meal made with love.
A long weekend provides the perfect opportunity to strengthen your family bonds and create cherished memories. So, make the most of this precious time, and savor the joy of spending quality moments with your kids. After all, the days may be long, but the years are short, and these moments are what make life truly special.
Here’s to a wonderful long weekend filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable family moments and remember that Monday is a Curriculum Day (no school for kids).
Fundraising in schools is crucial for several reasons. Firstly, it helps bridge the gap between limited educational budgets and the ever-growing needs of students and schools. These funds often contribute to important school projects and infrastructure we can otherwise not afford. As you have most likely noticed we had to remove our shade sails over the ‘rainbow’ playground for safety reasons. We were not able to fit the replacement of this in our budget. All funds raised through the Colour Run will go towards the removal and installation of new shade in this area.
Additionally, school fundraisers foster a sense of community and engagement among parents, teachers, and students. They provide an opportunity for everyone to work together towards a common goal, instilling important values like teamwork, responsibility, and a strong work ethic in students. Ultimately, fundraising in schools not only enhances the overall educational experience but also builds a stronger, more supportive school environment.
This year one of our major fundraising activities is the colour run. We will be holding this event on Friday, November the 10th.
Uptake of this event is improving. As of today we have 204 students of our 565 have signed up. Of these 127 have raised funds. I am writing today to try to encourage you to sign up and raise some funds for the replacement of the shade over the playground.
This week Prep AM won as the highest fundraising class and will get their Zopper Doopers next week!!
There is the opportunity for every fundraiser who raises over $40 to go into the draw for a Lenovo Tablet.
AND if we get 80% or over of students in the school signed up Mr Franklin has been voted as the teacher to be SLIMED!!!
Thanks again for your support and hard work.
Luke Franklin & Denisse Lobos
STUDENT OF THE WEEK
TEACHING & LEARNING
Semester Two 2023 Reports
Teachers are currently composing report comments and undertaking assessment for their 2023 Semester Two reports.
At RGLPS, teachers collect a range of student learning samples and data from various assessments to inform their professional judgment when determining progression points. (Progression points are the dots on your child’s report and reflect where your child’s teacher/s have judged their achievement to be against the Victorian Curriculum Achievement Standards)
It is important that teachers use information on student achievement and progress from a range of sources when making their judgements. This ensures that teachers have an accurate and comprehensive picture of each child’s learning. Use of only one source of assessment data is unreliable; the child might be unwell; have not had enough sleep; experienced family or friendship issues; rushed their work; or a combination of any of these factors and more. Hence, our teachers aim to use at least three sources of data, as well as their professional observations to arrive at judgments, particularly in Reading, Writing and Number.
For example in Reading and Viewing, a professional judgement may involve a combination of the following:
- Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessment (assesses student decoding, comprehension and fluency)
- PAT Reading (a standardised comprehension assessments used across Australia)
- Essential Assessments (standardised comprehension assessments against the Victorian Curriculum used across Victoria)
- Reading Portfolio samples annotated against our RGLPS Developmental Learning Continuums (these may focus on decoding, fluency or comprehension skills)
- Teacher anecdotal notes from small group reading and 1:1 conferencing sessions
- General teacher observations eg. participation/understanding demonstrated in class discussion about class novels or other texts
As you can imagine, gathering and sorting through this data is time consuming and can be somewhat subjective. To minimise this, RGLPS, year level and cross level teams also meet regularly to moderate student learning samples to ensure that teacher judgments are consistent between year levels and across the school. What I mean by this is that what a Year 2 teacher believes to be an end of Year 3 level writing piece is consistent with Year 3 and 4 teacher judgments of a writing sample.
Hopefully, I have provided the community with useful information about the work that goes on behind the scenes to create semester reports and arrive at the progression points for each child. Teachers will continue to make adjustments and finalise their judgements over the next few weeks as they incorporate more recent data into their decision making. Reports are then buddy read by a team member and someone from the leadership team before they are released to parents. This whole reporting process takes 6-8 weeks each semester. Our RGLPS teachers will be using the Curriculum Day on Monday 6th November for report writing to compensate them for the considerable time that goes into writing comments and making judgements.
2023 Semester Two reports are due to be released to parents on Compass on Monday 18th December.
A reminder that all current RGLPS Policies can be accessed via the school website or Compass. RGLPS policies are updated on a regular schedule and in keeping with departmental requirements and advice.
To locate policies on Compass -> Community Icon -> School Documentation – > School Policies
On the RGLPS website, go to the Community tab, scroll down to School Policies -> Additional School Policies (current policies are sorted in alphabetised groups)
Please note that you need access to a PDF reader to read any of these policy documents.
I hope everyone has a wonderful long weekend!
HALLOWEEN COLOURING COMPETITION
2023 District Rounders Winners
Lamb Souvlaki – $6.00
Add: Lettuce, tomato, red onion, baby spinach, tatziki garlic sauce $0.40
Muffins – Strawberry
If you are able to assist in the canteen, please contact Margaret on 0438 585 323.
COLOUR FUN RUN
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