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IMPORTANT DATES!

JULY 2019

AUGUST 2019

SEPTEMBER 2019

OCTOBER 2019

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Thank you and Happy Holidays

I want to extend a special thanks to Denisse, Luke, School Council, the leadership team and wider staff team on their amazing support during my leave. Thank you to everyone who stopped me in the morning and afternoons to chat and share all things Malta, it was an amazing help while I was over there navigating the best places to visit. It was such a special time with my husband and I was constantly blown away with the history, landscape and architecture of the country. We spent two days in Taormina in Sicily, which gave us enough time to hike up Mount Etna which is still an active volcano. In summary, we visited museums, churches, schools, churches, beaches, restaurants, churches, archaeology sites, Pop Eye’s Village, churches, fiestas, Pinocchio’s Workshop and churches! We climbed, we hiked and we walked some more. It was a great trip and memories I will forever be thankful for.

Events

It is extremely difficult for our office administration team and classroom teachers when parents are ringing the office to book in for 3-way conferences and other events that require payment/consent after the event has closed on Compass. Despite many notifications and information being sent home regarding events opening and closing, we still have a number of parents calling after the event has closed. Please be aware that this is not fair and I urge you to please ensure you adhere to these deadlines. We completely understand that, at times there are extraordinary reasons and we can accommodate these special circumstances. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Empowering Students, Student Voice and Agency - Three Way Conferences

Best evidence based practice in teaching and learning is constantly evolving and we are always on a journey of improvement at Golf Links. We have initiated great change over the last few years and our individual curriculum pathways with Essential Learnings – ‘I can statements’, has sparked new professional discussions around further engaging our students in the learning process. This looks different for all children and at different ages and stages of achievement their proficiency in this process and communication will vary.

Student voice is not simply about giving students the opportunity to communicate ideas and opinions; it’s about students having the power to influence change. Authentic student voice provides opportunities for students to collaborate and make decisions with adults around what and how they learn and how their learning is assessed. This is known to lead to improved educational outcomes.

Student agency refers to the level of autonomy and power that a student experiences in the learning environment. Student voice and agency are intrinsically linked. Agency gives students the power to direct and take responsibility for their learning, creating independent and self-regulating learners. Research shows that the work we are doing with student voice, agency and leadership improves student learning outcomes.

“As students become invested in their own learning, they gain a better understanding of what good learning is and the purpose of it. This enables them to evaluate their own work, and to more purposefully discuss progress and achievement with teachers, each of which has a significant effect size on achievement.” (Hattie, 2009)

We are on this learning journey together and I would urge you to please have a conversation with your child’s teacher or one of our many leadership staff if you have any questions, feedback, or would like further information.

Communication Chain

Procedures for parents to follow if they have concerns, queries, issues in relation to their child or any other community member.

1) Request an appointment time with the classroom teacher to discuss your concerns.

2) Request an appointment time to speak with the Team Leader for that area of the school or one of our Leading Teachers.

3) Request an appointment time to speak with the Principal or Assistant Principals.

 

Procedures for students to follow if they have concerns in relation to how they are being treated in the playground or classroom.

1) Speak to your classroom teacher or teacher on yard duty.

2) Speak to a teacher with whom you feel comfortable.

3) Speak to the Principal, Assistant Principals or a Leading Teacher.

School Dance – CAN YOU HELP?

Our JSC have voted and the theme for this year’s School Dance will be ‘A Night at the Oscars’. We look forward to seeing everyone dressed up in their red carpet frock or tux, or perhaps come dressed as your favourite movie star or movie character.

If any parents are keen to help with table decorations and other small tasks in preparation for the dance nights, please get in touch with Deb Howard. howard.deborah.l@edumail.vic.gov.au

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).

Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:

  •                       – year of schooling
  •                      – category of disability: physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional
  •                      – level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary,                             substantial or extensive.

This information assists schools to:

  •                     – formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools
  •                     – consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disability in schools
  •                     – develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational                                    outcomes for students with disability.

The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability.

The NCCD will have no direct impact on your child and your child will not be involved in any testing process. The school will provide data to the Australian Government in such a way that no individual student will be able to be identified – the privacy and confidentiality of all students is ensured. All information is protected by privacy laws that regulate the collection, storage and disclosure of personal information. To find out more about these matters, please refer to the Australian Government’s Privacy Policy (https://www.education.gov.au/privacy-policy).

Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD Portal (https://www.nccd.edu.au).Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).

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Kelly Morrow
Principal

Sock fundraiser

Thank you to all the families who have supported that Cadbury Chocolate Drive and the Jolly Sock Drive.

We have plenty of socks still available, so if you know you could sell a few more please contact the office.  We can customise a box to suit your needs with regards to size.

BOOK WEEK DRESS UP DAY 

Tuesday 20th August

On Tuesday 20th August we will be celebrating Children’s Book Week with a special dress up day, a visit from author Tony Wilson, the annual House Literature Quiz and some special book reading activities. This year’s theme is “Reading is my Secret Power”.  Students are invited to dress up as their favourite book character or in a costume related to the theme.  Classes will be timetabled to see Tony Wilson during the morning. You may pre-order Tony’s Books using the order form distributed via Compass (please return orders to the school by Wednesday 7th August).  Tony will bring the signed copies of any books purchased with him on the day.

LITERACY

DEAF FACILITY NEWS

TEACHING AND LEARNING

2019 Tournament of the Mind

The RGLPS Tournament of the Mind Team has commenced work on their six week long term challenge. The TOM Team (Zoe L, Lucas S, Lachlan D, Ben W, Kate M, Audrey J, Sophie B) have elected to complete the 2019 ARTS Challenge.

The TOM team meet weekly to plan and prepare their presentation for the judging panel and to rehearse for the unknown Spontaneous Challenge. RGLPS wishes the TOM team the best of luck over the coming weeks until the Northern Metro Final at La Trobe University on the weekend of 24th – 25th August 2019.

 

2019 Maths Olympiad

There are three remaining Maths Olympiads for the year. These will be held on the following dates:

Wednesday 31st July

Wednesday 21st August

Wednesday 11th September

Good luck to our thirty participating Maths Olympians for the final three Olympiads for 2019.

 

ICAS UNSW Assessments

A reminder to parents that online registration for ICAS programs remains open until Wednesday 14th August 2019.

 

ICAS tests are designed to provide an objective ranking of student achievement in the relevant subject. Each participant receives a printed certificate of achievement. Students with the top score in each subject in each year level are also awarded a medal and a medal winner’s certificate at a school assembly. Registration is $14.50 per test.

 

The ICAS registration process is as follows:

  1. Login at following site: https://pay.unswglobal.com.au
  2. Type in the school’s unique access code when prompted: befd071562
  3. Complete the registration details for your child (or multiple children) and select which ICAS tests you would like them to participate in. (see below for dates and eligible year levels)
  4. Complete the billing information and make an encrypted payment by credit card (VISA or Mastercard) for the tests selected.

 

ICAS Testing Dates in 2019 are as follows:

Date

ICAS Test

Who is eligible?

Tues Sept 3rd, 2019

ICAS Digital Technologies

Years 3 – 6

Thurs Sept 5th, 2019

ICAS Science

Years 2 – 6

Tues Sept 10th, 2019

ICAS Writing *Paper based test for year 3/4 only

Years 3 – 6

Thurs Sept 12th, 2019

ICAS Spelling

Years 3 – 6

Tues Sept 17th, 2019

ICAS English

Years 2 – 6

Thurs Sept 19th, 2019

ICAS Mathematics

Years 2 – 6

 

Please contact Kerron (9457 4178) if you have questions about any of ICAS, Tournaments of the Mind or the Maths Olympiad.

 

  • Kerron Worsdell (Teaching and Learning Coach/Enrichment Coordinator)

SPORT NEWS

State Cross Country 2019

On Thursday 18th July, three RGLPS students competed in the Victorian State Cross Country Carnival. The students were running against the best in all of the state who have progressed through the school, district, division and region stages of competition. The performance of the team was exceptional with all students running to the best of their ability.

The placings for the day were as follows:

9/10 years girls                                                       9/10 years boys

  • Zoe L – 49th                                                           –    Harry B – 23rd                                                     

12 years girls Multi-Class

–    Nida F – DNF (injured)

Thank you to the parents and families that came to support our school.

Michael Brunelli

PE Coordinator

Soccer Round Robin 2019

On Friday 19th July the RGLPS boys and girls soccer teams competed in the Heidelberg District soccer round robin. Both teams represented the school with pride as they showed great determination and teamwork. Each game was competitive with the boys having a draw in the first game and a close lose in the dying stages of the second game. The girls won their first game and lost their second, qualifying for the semifinals, which they competed amazingly but unfortunately lost to the eventual grand final champions St Martins.

Thank you to the parents who came and supported the students. A big thank you to Evelyn Stavridis who helped ensure the day ran smoothly.

Woolworths Earn & Learn

Thank you to all those who participated in the Woolworths Earn & Learn program and collected stickers for the school. We have amassed a staggering 27,000 stickers that will be used to purchase educational and sporting equipment.

OSHC

ACCOUNTS

A friendly reminding to all OSHC families to please check their OSHC account (account is dated to the end of week 1 term 3) that was sent out Tuesday. Please ensure that your overdue account is paid ASAP, to avoid losing your bookings. All accounts should be finalized at the end of each and every term. 

If you have not received your notification, please let me know ASAP or if you have any concerns or questions please let me know.

THREE WAY CONFERENCE DAY

Thank you to all the children who attended the OSHC program yesterday, you were all brilliant.

Yesterday in the program we started a little project. Keep an eye out while you’re outside, you maybe find what we have been working on.

Many thanks OSHC team

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