Brrrr! Summer seems like a distant memory now, doesn’t it? We’ve had a very busy May here at Wandong PS, with some highlights being:
Our grade three and five students have participated in the annual NAPLAN assessments and this year our students completed them online. All of our students approached the tests with positivity and as a school, we look at student results to compare NAPLAN performance with what we see on a day to day basis.
Education Beyond the Classroom:
This month our students from grade 5/6 paid a visit to Parliament House and ACDC Lane. This excursion provided students with an opportunity to sit in the Lower House and to listen to stories about how government was formed in Victoria. This complemented the learning which they have been doing throughout their integrated units of study. ACDC Lane also showcased a variety of street art which was navigated by our Visual Art teacher Mrs Beer, linking to a previous focus on this vibrant art style.
Our Grade 3/4 students were also lucky enough to visit Quantum where they participated in the ‘Makey Makey’ technology unit. They learned about the principles of electricity, conductors and insulators. Students used alligator clips, playdough, conductive materials, iPads and a Makey Makey controller to play a digital keyboard and Super Mario. This experience extended students understanding of measuring, conductivity and circuits- which has been a focus in Digi-Tech and throughout their integrated units of study back in the classroom.
Walk to School Day:
There was a lovely buzz about the community, as everyone braved the cold to enjoy ‘Walk to School Day’ few weeks ago. Many families made use of our supervised ‘Kiss and Drop’ zone at the CFA and it was a wonderful opportunity for members of our community connect, while enjoying some light exercise. This initiative is in-line with our commitment as a school to support student wellbeing and to promote the important message that ‘active kids are healthy kids’.
Mrs Cole Visits:
We have been lucky to have Rhonda Cole pay our school a visit on two separate occasions as a part of her Senior Education Improvement Leader (SEIL) role. During her first visit, Rhonda observed one of our School Improvement Team meetings and provided valuable feedback on our areas of focus. She then returned to school to visit class rooms and conducted ‘Learning Walks’ alongside our School Improvement Team, which was a wonderful opportunity to have ‘real-time’ professional discussions about what was observable in classrooms. We were buoyed by the positive feedback which was received and we look forward to acting on our observations through planning and professional development sessions in coming weeks.
I look forward to giving you an update next month. Stay warm