Month: May 2015

Feedback

Many thanks to the parents who have responded to the survey circulated earlier in the week.  I like to hear community thoughts on how we are going, and as the school looks to the creation of a new strategic plan, there will be more opportunities to hear from you.  The feedback from parents on the web page has been particularly positive especially in relation to the blog and calendar of events.  A few families have indicated that the old newsletter style was the preferred option.  With this in mind and by way of a compromise, I will publish a fortnightly newsletter  styled publication which will be available under the newsletter section and will be added to the admin blog.  The document will contain the important dates for the following two weeks, it will highlight upcoming events and will provide information and reminders that are timely for parents.  The calendar will remain on the blog so parents can check events scheduled beyond that period of time.  Classroom teachers will continue to provide information on classroom information via the class blog and P & F information will also be published on our web page for interested parents.  I hope this change will complement the current web page content  and support improved communication with all our families.  Please leave your thoughts in the comment box so we know if this is helpful and subscribe to the blog so that you are notified when this blog is updated.

Our modified newsletter can be found by clicking the link

Enjoy the long weekend!

Feedback!

It’s always important to review what goes on in our school.  Please take our quick, 10 question survey to provide some feedback on how we are going!

Please click here for our survey!  Thank you!

A Hairy Day for All!

Today we let our hair hang down for a great cause – the Sisters’ Shelter House. The hairstyles were colourful, zany and a source of great mirth about the place.  The ingenuity of our families never ceases to amaze me.  Thank you all for the generous donations which will be passed on to the Sisters’ House very shortly.

Crazy hair

Extra Long Weekend

A reminder that next week we will be enjoying an extra long – long weekend.  Friday May 29 is a Professional Development Day for staff and Monday June 1 is Western Australia Day and a public holiday.  We hope our families enjoy the additional time together.

Sand Play

Many of the students have been delighted with the addition of the “big” sandbox and it is certainly a hive of activity at both recess and lunch times.  A variety of different bits and pieces will be placed in the box for students to use, with the theme of the box changing weekly to keep students engaged.  Sand play is a sensory experience that allows children to use their imagination and creativity.  It is also a wonderful way for students to collaborate, build social skills and test hypotheses. Many thanks to Nicole C. for her wonderful idea and hard work shovelling all the sand!

Sandpit

What NAPLAN doesn’t tell you!

NAPLAN commences for children in Years 3 & 5 from May 12 to 15   Results are a snapshot of a child’s performance on the testing day and they certainly don’t tell you everything about a student which I’m sure you all realise.  The test provides information on student performance in literacy and numeracy however, it doesn’t have the capacity to measure a child’s personal qualities which are equally as important.  Creativity, resilience, persistence, courage, compassion, enthusiasm, resourcefulness the list goes on …….. are essential skills, too.  If you would like the complete picture of how your child is going in class, please make an appointment to speak with their teacher.

Blogging

The class blogs have been a wonderful way to share with the school community what is going on in the classrooms.  I have been amazed by what I have read and the various formats that have been used to share information.  Last week, I had the opportunity to see our digital leaders using a programme that turned carrots into a keyboard which they proceeded to play!  All I can say is innovation is alive and well in our school!

Maggie Dent Parent Evening

Building resilience and self esteem in today’s children (10 Resilience Building Blocks)  will be the subject of a presentation by Maggie Dent in Treacey Hall on Friday, May 15 from 7-9 pm. Are you worried, confused or concerned about parenting in today’s chaotic world? Children need to have certain basic experiences to build the competencies that will help them manage life — the good, the bad and the ugly.

Popular Australian parenting author and educator Maggie Dent published her bestselling book, Real Kids in an Unreal World, to help guide parents in raising children who are happy, healthy, strong, kind and resilient. In this seminar, she will explore her common-sense, practical model of 10 building blocks for children birth-12 to build resilience. She’ll offer practical, common-sense ideas and strategies to make small changes in your home, which will make a big difference to your children’s cognitive, physical, psychological, emotional and social health later in life.  Please click here for further information.

Future Problem Solving (FPS)

In just a few short weeks, the Future Problem Solver team (FPS), will be heading off to compete on the international stage for the second consecutive year!  As National Champions, the Iona students have been invited to represent Australia in the International competition to be held in Iowa, USA, in June 2015.

In order to attain this success, the students have been working industriously, studying and researching the topic of Intellectual Property in order to prepare for the 2 hour examination. They will be competing against over 50 junior teams from around the world.  If parents are aware of any organisations who might like to assist with our fund raising efforts,  please let me know.