Tim's update: Week 6 Term 1...
'E' Learning initiative update...
This week the Friends of the School group, at their first meeting of the year, committed to supporting the purchase of digital learning tools for our school. Their donation of $20,000, partnered with the IronKidz and the Board contributions set the scene for our classrooms having equitable access to these tools. The provision of these tools for use within our classrooms is important. They are part of the 'tool basket' that is representative of the learning and the wider world that our children are exposed to. Every profession and trade has its 'way of doing' and its own path of innovative change that it follows. Education is no different. The way we did school is not the same as how school should be in 2016 and beyond. Not only has the national curriculum framework (the guiding document for schools) changed but we know more about how kids learn, how the brain works and what effective teaching involves.
Digital devices are an important learning tool for today. But they are not a panacea. Genuine teaching and learning needs a range of tools and approaches. School provides a social context for learning that helps our children develop those core skills in Managing themselves, Relating to Others, Participating and Contributing and Using Language, Symbols and Text. These are the Key Competencies that our curriculum is based on and what the learning areas (English, Maths, The Arts, Social Sciences, Science, Technology and Health & PE) give context to.
School Working Bee March 20...
The council have kindly donated the cobblestones (from the revamped Lions Walk on the lakefront) to complete our project for extending the staff carpark into the front of the new office (old dental clinic - see pic below) and behind that for the Room 6 outside space.
We just need to load 23 pallets with cobblestones so they can be transported to school for this work to be completed in the Term break. If you can spare some time on Sunday March 20 then we will be meeting behind the Fruit and Veg market on Spa Road (where the cobbles have been dumped). Start time 9am.
The board is the employer of all staff in the school, is responsible for setting the school's strategic direction in consultation with parents, staff and students, and ensuring that its school provides a safe environment and quality education for all its students. Boards are also responsible for overseeing the management of personnel, curriculum, property, finance and administration.
Our election date is set for Friday June 3. We have five parent representative places available. If you are interested in possibly standing for this role then please approach one of our existing board members. Their details and a parents guide to the role of the board is available on our website under the Board tab in the 'About us' tab. It is also linked on the button below.
Our second board meeting for this year is on Tuesday, March 22 @ 7pm in the staffroom. Visitors welcome.
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