Message from Staff
The end of the year is coming around very quickly and we have been busily preparing for 2017. The staff have been meeting to discuss the needs of the students, and making decisions about the learning foci for next year, while the Leadership Team have been meeting to discuss the numbers for next year and the impact this has on the way the school is structured. We are really excited about what 2017 holds!
Our big focus for school improvement next year will be the implementation of our action-base inquiry model, LIGHTS, keep an eye out over the course of the year to develop a deeper understanding of what this means. We will have parent evenings to help you build a better understanding and also how this has an impact on Home Learning.
As a staff we have decided that Peace will be our values focus for next year. When we looked at the Graduate Attributes that we want for our children we felt that the attributes around Peace were the ones in most need of development by our current students. These attributes are around self-regulation, restorative skills and attitudes, collaborative skills, and the mind-set for growing on the inside. We will begin the year looking at what it means to be at peace within ourselves through understanding and regulating our emotions. We have the Life Ed bus with Harold the Giraffe, coming in Week 2 to help launch us into this learning.
In terms of the school structure next year the school will be slightly different.
Our Junior end of the school will only have Years 0-2 next year, but will still be taught collaboratively by three teachers. Lynda Siave and Kendra Liggett will continue to teach in this space, and we are currently in the appointments process for a final member of this team. Please keep this in your prayers. Each teacher will have a ‘Kohanga’ (nest) group within the team. Your child’s Kohanga teacher will be your primary point of contact. Once we have finalised the last teacher for this team we will inform you of your child’s Kohanga teacher. Meeting the children’s academic and social needs will continue to be a collaborative process for the three teachers.
The Upper end of the school will have students from years 3 – 8, and will be taught collaboratively by four teachers. This means that all our current Year 2 children will also be moving into the Upper end of the school. This team will also have kohanga groups. These will be divided according to ages – Year 3, Year 4 & 5, and Years 6-8. Dennis Marshall will be part of the teaching team but at this stage will not have a kohanga responsibility so he can focus on full school aspects. Mandy Cleave will be moving with the Junior Hub children to the Upper end of the school to provide consistency and relationship for those children. She will be the Kohanga teacher for the Year 3 students. We have a new teacher, Mrs Gabby Nuthall, that will be joining us next year in this team. She is a highly experienced teacher and has already begun to contribute to the school positively. She will be the kohanga teacher for the Year 4-5 group. We are extremely excited about her joining us in 2017!
Unfortunately, last week Amos Pilgrim was offered and has accepted a more senior position at Medbury School. We are therefore looking for a replacement teacher and leader for the Year 6 – 8 kohanga. Please keep this in your prayers. We will be sorry to see Amos leave but we are appreciative of all he has contributed to the school over the past two years and also the privilege of being part of his growth as an Educator and Leader.
We are excited about the increasing opportunities to collaboratively meet the needs of children across the school as we have seen real academic and social gains for students this year.
If you have any questions about these plans, please do not hesitate to ask.