What a wonderful week! We started off with an amazing book week parade where many of my personal literary favourites roamed the school for the day. There were the Hogwarts crew with what seemed like hundreds of the many magical characters sparking wonderful conversations around the school. Our Year 6 team brought some humour with an homage to Zoe Foster Blake’s ‘No one likes a fart’. Many students had themed outfits with their friends and the creativity of the outfits brought such joy to the school. I am so glad that we continue to able to do so many wonderful things as a community this year and am just grateful to see all of the excited faces around the school.
A huge thankyou to RGLPS students, staff and parents for getting into the spirit and supporting this fun, whole school event and promoting that love of literature.
Week 9 brings a new celebration to RGLPS. Over the past few years, we have been celebrating our learning with a Writers and Arts festival and as you already know, this year we were keen to expand and add STEM to our learning celebrations. Sarah McLellan and her Maths Strategic team have been busy working on the content to ensure challenge and engagement over the week. Make sure to read about all of the exciting activities that will run throughout week 9 in the body of the newsletter.
I did want to point out a few of the things that I am most excited about. On Monday the 4th of September we will have the opening of the STEM Festival at 6:00pm. We would love to see all of our families come and celebrate this with us.
On Wednesday the 6th of September, we are running a special session for parents about Maths learning at primary school. It is a great opportunity for our families to learn how we teach Maths and what you can do at home to help.
With the release of the Victorian data on Wednesday there were some mixed messages outlining the NAPLAN results of our state. I thought it the perfect opportunity to celebrate and reflect upon the learning opportunities that have allowed our students to have such success with this platform.
In the past we would measure our growth based on previous data sets but the changes to NAPLAN have altered the way we are able to measure that success. In 2023 a new proficiency standard with 4 levels of achievement has replaced the previous 10-band structure and the old national minimum standard set in 2008. As a result, we are now matching our data to Victorian averages and Network averages. The following visuals match our results to these measures.
Even more pleasing has been the breakdown of percentage of students exceeding in core learning areas, in particular Numeracy. The following images outline these results.
I am so pleased to share these results as they do give us great feedback on the learning that takes place at RGLPS. I would like to thank all of the staff and the students for working hard to achieve these results.
Hunting for Cereal Boxes
If you have any empty cereal boxes or equivalent at home, please do not throw these away. We are seeking a collection of these for some activities we will be running during STEM Festival week. Please ask your child to deliver these to Sarah (in 6SK) next week if you have any to spare.
The STEM Festival is quickly approaching! Take a look at the below timetable to find out what exciting things will be happening throughout the week.
Professor Bunsen Incursion
A compass event has been released with further information on the Professor Bunsen Science Incursion. Consent and payment for this event is due Monday 28th August.
Mixed Level Maths & STEM Activities
On Friday 8th September between 9:30am and 11:30am, students will participate in Maths and STEM activities in mixed year level groups. This is a great opportunity for students to buddy up across the school and work collaboratively to solve problems.
Opening Ceremony & Amazing Race
On Monday 4th of September at 6:00pm, families are invited to join us in the school hall. Our specialist captains will run a short opening ceremony. Afterwards, families can participate in the RGLPS STEM Amazing Race. A variety of STEM challenges will be set up around the school for you to enjoy. Students will be able to collect stickers for each activity completed.
Parent Information Session on Mathematics
On Wednesday 6th September from 6:30pm-8:00pm, parents and carers are invited to attend an information session on Mathematics. This event will be held in the school music building. While our preference is for parents to attend in person if at all possible, we will organise a Webex link for those who aren’t able to attend. Webex details will be provided via Compass closer to the date. Michael Ymer, specialist mathematics consultant, will address some of the following points:
- What is my child learning in mathematics?
- How can I help my child become an efficient problem solver?
- How do children best learn mathematics?
- How can parents promote quality thinking and learning?
- How can I help my child in mathematics?
FATHER’S DAY STALL
If you would like to volunteer to help out at the Father’s Day Stall please go to the following link to sign up:
Beefie Burger – See Flexischools Menu for details
Monday 28th August 10.30 am – 12.30pm Rachel Bellgrove
Wednesday 30th August 10.30 am – 12.30pm Kristina Sikich
10.30am – 12.30pm Help Needed
Friday 1st September 10.00am – 12.30pm Lisa Powell
10.00am – 12.30pm Nikki Arthur
10.00am – 12.30pm Britt Jacobson – Mills
If you are able to help me in the Canteen, please contact me on 0400 577 002.
Acting Canteen Manager
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