This has been another great week in grade 5 with our German Day at Heathmont College being a highlight for many. We’ve commenced our final project for the migration unit (linked to the homework) and have wrapped up our last PONT session on Division.
Next week there are a few changes. On Wednesday the grade 5/6 teachers will have planning in preparation for next term. Classes will run as normal but with different teachers. On Friday we have 5/6 sport so fingers crossed the weather will behave!
Just flagging the upcoming Working Bee on Saturday October 19th- more details to follow.
We’ve been reminded this week, by new incoming legislation, of the need to manage mobile phones in the school grounds. As the kids are now aware, mobile phones are not to be used in the school ground- even before and after school. Students who have mobile phones are expected to sign them into the office where they can be stored securely. This will ensure there are no issues with phones in the school grounds but also ensure they are safe. If you can have a chat to your kids if they bring phones we’d appreciate it.
A STORY ABOUT ATTENDANCE
Many years ago I worked with a student who was in the unfortunate position of being more than two years behind in his learning. He worked at a similar pace to other students, had no significant learning impairment and had reasonable behaviour.
The challenges this student faced, was maintaining his attendance. The obstacles included, transportation issues, illness, being over tired, having time off to support sick parents, family visiting from interstate and a couple of other things which all seemed quite reasonable until we recognised that this child was missing, on average, two days per week.
As a Grade 4 student, he’d missed 40% of his schooling, two days per week on average. He felt ‘dumb’. He wasn’t. He’d attended the equivalent time at school as a grade 2 student, which was roughly the level he was working at.
We love to see your kids succeed, to feel proud of themselves, to know that you feel proud of them too. We also recognise that sometimes kids are too sick to be at school. Life is busy.
I’d like to take this opportunity to ask for your support in helping your child to maintain full attendance.
When students are at school, on time, every day they
- maintain better social interactions
- often have reduced anxiety at school, as the uncertainty about what will occur each day, socially and academically, becomes less of an issue, as does feeling like they are behind in their work
- receive the invaluable explicit instruction at the start of the day
- maintain greater continuity in learning and avoid learning gaps
- enable teachers to better track their progress as they move through a series of lesson. This means we are better equipped to support your child’s current learning needs, instead of constantly trying to backfill the learning they have missed.
- Develop better relationships with their teachers and are more likely to seek help when they need it.
As a school we have set a goal to reduce the number of absentee days our students have, because we want your kids to have all the advantages a great primary education brings. We’d really appreciate your support to have your child on time and at school every day.
Hope you have a restful weekend,
Jase, Laura and Elise