RWPS eNewsletter Term 1 Week 3

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Principal's Report

Hi everyone,

I trust that most people were able to have a look at last week’s Newsletter and the new website. It has taken a good deal of work to set up and we are still wrestling with parts of it. We have removed the website calendar widgets because they are not yet syncing with the Compass calendar. This means that we currently have to enter dates into two calendars, which is not time-efficient. Until our website host sorts out this issue, please use the calendar in your Compass app, which we will keep up-to-date daily. Also, included in the Newsletter each week will be a monthly download from the Compass calendar, showing all events for 2024.

OPEN SESSION           Monday 12th February             9.00 – 10.00 a.m.
Please take advantage of this session to come to school and sit in on your child’s classroom or specialist lessons. This will provide you with an excellent opportunity to see what happens at school, to get to know your child’s classroom teacher and you might even be asked to help out with particular activities! Your children would love to see you at school. No bookings are required – just turn up! You don’t have to sign in at the office.

A school tour will also be conducted for any prospective parents who may be thinking of enrolling their children at Reservoir West for Foundation in 2024. All prospective parents should have registered for the tour via the school website.

STUDENT OF THE WEEK
Our weekly SOTW awards commence this week. They are awarded to students for displaying the RWPS values of Respect/Responsibility, Wisdom, Persistence and Success.

Please see The Student of the Week item for this week’s recipients.

FIVE MINUTES OF FAME
The students who receive the SOTW awards will be presented with their certificates in their classrooms at 3.20 pm this week. Parents are invited to come along to 5MoF.

The following classes have specialist lessons during the last hour on Friday, so here is where you will find them:

  • 4H Art Room
  • 3M Spanish/Music Room
  • 4W STEAM Room

At 3.25 pm I will be putting over an announcement to ask all SOTW recipients and Good Behaviour draw winners (it’s the 5/6s’ turn this week) to come to the stage for a photo for the next week’s Newsletter.

TERM ONE SPECIALIST TIMETABLE
Set out below is the current timetable for specialist lessons for this term. The timetable will change each term to rotate the classes who have specialist lessons in the last hour on Fridays. Sometimes it will change mid-term. I will endeavour to keep parents informed of any changes.

The key to the timetable is:

Daniela

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Daniela Conte

DT

=

DigiTech

Kelly

=

Kelly Mitchell

Lib

=

Library

Flora

=

Flora Kossivas

SM

=

Spanish/Music

Tash

=

Tash Vargas

PE

=

Physical Education

Jorge

=

Jorge Leiva

Sc

=

Science

Arlia

=

Arlia Hickman

 

 

 

Kylie

=

Kylie Garlic

 

 

 

Amanda

=

Amanda Solakidis

 

 

 

Jacinta

=

Jacinta Simpson

 

 

 

Kat

=

Katherine Nikolakoudis

 

 

 

Kahli

=

Kahli Clafiore

 

 

 

Where a session has a dividing slash ( / ) between two classes, they are fortnightly lessons.

The class before the slash has the lesson in the odd weeks and the class after the slash has the lesson in the even weeks. This week is Week 3, an odd week, so at 9.00 am on Monday this week, 3J would have has DigiTech, with 3W having it next week in Week 4. Simples!

Term 1 timetable (1)

The timetable has also been included on the website under Teaching & Learning.

AN INTERESTING ARTICLE
I read the following article on Monday morning in the Herald-Sun. There was a similar article in the age and on many of the evening news shows. The report from the Grattan Institute backs up what we already knew at Reservoir West, thanks to the influence of John Fleming and the work done by our teachers over the past four years. It was ironic that the article appeared the same day that John was visiting us this term. Reservoir West is already well down the path of providing our students with structured, phonics-based learning and explicit instruction is found in all areas of our teaching & learning. You can read more about John’s visit in Barb’s Teaching & Learning item in this edition of the newsletter.

PHONIC TRUTH

Susie O’Brien - Education editor

Current reading teaching methods should be “banished” and replaced with phonics to help Australian children who are up to five years behind their peers, a new report ­concludes.

A landmark study from the Grattan Institute reveals that one in three Australian and one in four Victorian children can’t read properly, 

This rises to two in three disadvantaged children and half of all regional and remote children, and costs the Australian economy $40bn over their lifetime.

NAPLAN 2023 data shows children whose parents didn’t finish school were more than five years behind their peers with more educated parents.

The damning report slams governments for failing to be accountable for poor reading, a lack of support for teachers, under-investment and inconsistent teaching methods.

It calls for the current method of teaching reading – the 1970s-era whole language approach based on the idea that reading is an easy, natural process – to be “banished” from schools.

Instead, schools should be focusing on structured literacy that includes a focus on phonics. This involves students sounding out the letters of each word and receiving explicit teaching to build up their background knowledge and vocabulary, the Grattan report suggests.

“If schools don’t take this approach, disadvantaged students will be left even further behind their advantaged peers, who tend to have richer learning opportunities outside of school,” author and Grattan Institute education program director Dr Jordana Hunter said. “Australia is failing these children. And it’s a preventable tragedy – the reason most of those students can’t read well enough is that we aren’t teaching them well enough.”

One school that has already adopted the structured literacy approach to teach reading is Docklands Primary.

“Principal Adam Bright has made sure his teachers are trained in best-practice teaching approaches. Teachers also work with a literacy leader and a coach to help them fine-tune their classroom teaching,” Dr Hunter said.

“Docklands Primary students thrive in the classroom. They love reading and are proud of their accomplishments.”

Education Minister Ben Carroll said many of the actions recommended were already core features of Victoria’s approach to reading instruction.

“Phonics is currently taught in Victorian schools and will have a stronger focus in the revised English curriculum to be implemented next year,” he said.

Opposition education spokeswoman Jess Wilson said: “To have the Labor government call Victoria’s NAPLAN results ‘phenomenal’ when more than a quarter of Victorian students cannot read proficiently just demonstrates this is a government more focused on playing politics than lifting education outcomes.

“Labor must drop its phonics-phobia and give every student the best opportunity to reach their full potential,” she said.

susie.obrien@news.com.au

Susie should have come and spoken to me, rather than the Principal of Docklands Primary School!

THEIRCARE MEETING
Last week Julia and I met with the TheirCare National Partnership Manager and the Founder/Head of Relationships to discuss the possibility of increasing the number of places that they can provide our families, especially in after-school care. The number of places that an OSHC provider is licensed for is directly dependent on the number of square meters of indoor/outdoor space the venue has available.

We are hopeful that a variation in the spaces that we have made available to them will allow them to provide more spaces for our students in the near future, as I know that some families are doing it tough.

AUSKICK AND SUPERKICK
Auskick and Superkick clinics are coming to our school. They will be taking place on Tuesday afternoons from 3.40 - 4.40 pm on the school oval. Please see documents in the Community item and use the QR codes to register.

The full list of dates are outlined below.

  • Tuesday February 27th
  • Tuesday March 5th
  • Tuesday March 12th
  • Tuesday March 19th
  • Tuesday March 26th

As a precursor to the program, free kick-to-kick sessions will be held by AFL staff at the following times:

  • This Friday 16th February at lunchtime - students only
  • Next Tuesday 20th February from 3.30 until 4.00 pm - parents welcome to stay and help/watch

There will be AFL give-aways at both kick-to-kick sessions (unfortunately I have heard it will be mainly Carlton merchandise, but that's ok).
Cheers,

Regards,

Bruce

Principal



Teaching & Learning

JOHN FLEMING VISIT
On Monday, our school had the pleasure of hosting John Fleming, our educational consultant, for his first visit this year. It turned out to be a day filled with valuable learning experiences for both teachers and students. John provided highly positive feedback, expressing that our school is ahead of any other he has worked with in their third year. He was particularly impressed with how settled and prepared our students were for learning, considering it had only been two weeks into the school year.

The day kicked off with a professional learning session focused on Bloom's Taxonomy, demonstrating how its effective integration into various curriculum areas encourages different levels of thinking.

John then observed nineteen teachers and classes, where they showcased components of a Maths warm-up or Reading Hierarchy to demonstrated how student responded. He commended the teachers for their willingness to try new approaches, the thorough preparation for student readiness, and the effective strategies employed to help students achieve automaticity in content and transfer knowledge to long-term memory. Remarkably, even our Foundation students attempted parts of a warm-up after just six days of school! Feedback was provided both individually and collectively to the staff about what was observed.

Additionally, John met with our School Improvement Team, engaging in discussions that aimed to enhance the school's practices related to Success Criteria and acceleration in Reading.

Highlights of the day, according to John, included the wonderful positivity in the school, teachers consistently checking for understanding, evident strong teacher-student relationships, exemplary student participation, well-valued learning spaces displayed in classrooms, and students being genuinely ready to learn due to effective teacher preparation.

We express our gratitude to John for sharing his knowledge and experience during his visit and use of components of his model at our school. We eagerly anticipate his return in Term 2, where teachers will showcase how they are 'accelerating' their students.


MATHEMATICS AT RWPS
Reservoir West Primary School (RWPS) places a strong emphasis on fostering a love of Mathematics and creating proficient mathematicians through its comprehensive Mathematics program. The program's key features are aligned with modern educational practices and focus on individualised learning.

Mathematics lessons occur daily. The Mathematics program at RWPS aims to develop students to become numerate and effectively use Mathematics so they can successfully participate at school, home and in the wider community.

As mentioned previously, at our teaching core is explicit instruction based on the principles of our educational consultant, John Fleming. RWPS structures curriculum lessons for explicit instruction using the RWPS Instructional Model based on The John Fleming Effective Teaching model. This includes key components such as a Warm-up, Lesson Intention, Success Criteria, Why, I Do, We Do, You Do and Plough Back. The ultimate goal is transference of learning to long-term memory.

Mathematics at RWPS includes:

  • Warm-ups to consolidate and automatise skills developed in previous lessons, mini-lessons or prior learnings using correct terminology and definitions. Warm-ups offer chances for repetition and systematic spaced practice, contributing to the mastery of learning.
  • Clear learning intentions and criteria for success.
  • Connections to real-life experiences, designed to allow students to see a purpose for learning and make relevant connections to their everyday lives.
  • Explicit teaching of skills, including self-talk and strategies to enhance problem-solving.

Emphasis on regularly reciting, recalling, and applying newly acquired information to facilitate the transition of learning into long-term memory and its application in new contexts.

  • Prioritising number fluency, which includes the explicit teaching of number facts.

The RWPS Mathematics program not only incorporates fundamental mathematical concepts but also concentrates on applying skills in real-life situations. The emphasis on self-talk and problem-solving strategies serves not only to enhance procedural knowledge and support the transference to long-term memory but also to cultivate higher-order thinking skills.

 

INITIAL PARENT/STUDENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES – MEET AND GREET

Our first Parent-Student-Teacher conferences (PSTC) for the year will be occurring on Wednesday, February 28th for Year One to Year 6.

Just a reminder to our Foundation parents, your PST conferences will be occurring during your child’s Wednesday appointment.

Julia Abdel-Nour (Administration Assistant Principal) will be sending out related information about when and how to book a PSTC.

 

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS WEEK – FEBRAURY 11th – 17th 
Random Acts of Kindness Week is dedicated to bringing more kindness in the world by doing something kind for others. Picture story books are a great learning tool. My recommendation is the book Kindness is my Superpower which is part of a series of books by Alicia Ortego.

 

NAPLAN – MARCH 13th – 25th
This term, our Year 3 and 5 students will be involved in NAPLAN (The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) during Week 7 and 8. The school will schedule the tests as soon as possible within the testing window, prioritising the first week.

The tests relate to Writing, Reading, Conventions of Language and Numeracy.

Please click HERE for a brochure for parents and carers for further information.

 

Mrs Barb Balliro, Assistant Principal – Teaching & Learning

barbara.balliro@education.vic.gov.au 



Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

PARENT, STUDENT AND TEACHER CONFERENCES 2024 – MEET & GREET!

Here at Reservoir West, we advocate for students being engaged and empowered in their learning. As a result, we have Parent, Student and Teacher Conferences (PSTCs). Our February PSTCs are a time to get to know your child’s teacher and their learning environment, as well as share any important information that you would like the teacher to know. Involving students in PSTCs fosters a collaborative effort towards tracking progress; it is a chance for students to do some goal setting and to be accountable to themselves and to the adults in their lives.  

Classroom PSTCs will be occurring on Wednesday, 28th February 8.00 – 8.40am and 3.40 – 7.30pm. To select a desired timeslot for these Meet and Greet PSTCs, families can make a booking via Compass. Bookings are now open and close on Monday, 26th February at 4.00pm. Classroom PSTCs will be ten minutes in duration, so please ensure that you are prompt with your arrival and considerate of the 10-minute limit, as teachers will aim to adhere to the booking schedule.

We encourage all families to book a 10-minute conference time. Please note that due to some staff working part-time, the following arrangements are taking place for teachers that are in shared classrooms:

  • Amber Mahony is available for the afternoon conferences, commencing at 3.40pm. Ally Kropf present throughout all sessions.
  • Kelly McQuestin is only available for the afternoon conferences, commencing at 3.40pm. Jo Toman present throughout all sessions.
  • Kelly Wild - is available for the afternoon conferences, commencing at 3.40pm. Flora Kossivas present throughout all sessions.
  • Amanda Solakidis - is available for the afternoon conferences, commencing at 3.50pm. Bryony Hardy present throughout all sessions.

Other important information:

  • Students are expected to attend school as normal on this day.
  • Parents of students who will be attending Student Support Group (SSG) meetings during the next few weeks are not required to make a PSTC time.
  • All conferences will be held face-to-face on the school grounds.
  • There will be no Feb PSTC for our Foundation students.
  • Year 1 – 6 Conferences will be held in your child’s classroom.

Mrs Julia Abdel-Nour
Assistant Principal - Administration

Student of the Week

Congratulations to all of the students that are recieving a Student of the Week award!

  

NAME

VALUE

LA1

5/6L

Adnan Awo

Respect

LA2

5/6M

Sonny Rika

Success

LA3

5/6K

Louis Sands-Haymes

Success

LA4

5/6V

Alexsia Frazzica

Success

LA5

5/6P

Evie Cooke

Success

LA6

5/6H

Phoebe Videan

Respect 

LA 8

4W

Scarlett Diesis

Getting Along

LA9

Prep B

Alfie Hamilton

Success 

LA10

Prep D

Austin Bonadio

Success & Persistence 

LA11

Prep V

Alana Moonen

Success 

LA12

Prep H

Finnian Viola 

Success

LA17

1C

Amelia Mitchell 

Success

LA18

1M

Daisy Jenkins

Success

LA19

1P

Sadie Grubb

Success

LA20

1R

June & Eloise

Persistence & Success

LA21

3W

Zoe Jones 

Success

LA22

3J

Patrick Haswell

Success

LA23

3M

Alexander Tully

success

LA24

3S

Angelia Solomun

Success

LA25

2C

Eloise Stafford

Success

LA26

2G

Fox Stohr

Success

LA27

2B

Lexie Pearce

Responsibility

LA28

2M

Amina Ntolaza

Success

LA29

4T

Aliyah Issa

Success

LA30

4H

Rian Delahunt

Success

ART        

Celia Grenfell

Success

DIGITECH      

Hudafa Aden

Success

LIBRARY 

Sofia Campagna

Respect

MUSIC   

3W

Wisdom

SPANISH

Ua Tui

Billy Delahunt

Success

Success

SCIENCE

Magnus Heskes

Wisdom

PE

Aiden Moonen

Success

PRINCIPAL

Artemis Kypuros

Success



Community








Wellbeing

LEARNING TO LEARN

Students have been engaged collaboratively establish classroom routines and setting up the ideal learning environment. Students from Foundation to Year 6 explored and will continue to learn about personal values, school values, expected behaviours, individual rights to learn, and to feel safe and comfortable. The lessons followed a predictable pattern and rhythm to ensure consistent routines for classroom processes and suitable for different year levels.
Teachers introduced students to a variety of thinking and classroom support tools that will foster a positive and inviting learning environment.
I was able to get my hands on some photos to share the amazing work our students are doing.

Year 1
“I am learning about my personal values and who I want to be as a person. I can list 2-3 values that are important to me.”
“I am learning the steps to self-regulate (calm down) and choose what can help me do this in the classroom. I can notice when I am feeling something I do not like. I will choose what to do to help me feel better.”

Year 2
Here we have Year 2 students getting to know each other through teamwork, and games to build a sense of community.
And I spotted these two students demonstrating responsibility in keeping our school clean. Thank you!!

Year 3
“I am learning about values; the different types of values and I can name the school values and can identify the values of a person.”
Year 3 students also shared ideas to questions about how they see an ideal school and learning environment. Don’t they look happy and engaged sharing their ideas?
“What can we do to make our classroom fun, safe and a great place for learning?”
“How can we be successful learners?"
“How can we show respect to others and our school?”
“How can we be kind and make good choices?”

Peer Mediators
On Wednesday our Peer Mediation Program will begin. We are proud of our senior students who participated in the training last year and worked together to get the resources ready.

About Peer Mediation
The Peer Mediation program teaches student to resolve low-level conflicts using their peers as mediators. Peer mediation can contribute to the prevention of bullying by providing a school environment that is positive, caring, safe and friendly. Mediation opens communication channels between peers, allowing the disagreeing students to discuss their problems and come to a resolution with the guidance of the mediators. For this, the mediators are provided with leadership skill development opportunities and a step-by-step framework for Mediation to empower them as role models and school leaders.

How does it look at RWPS?
Peer Mediators work in pairs in three areas of the school during lunch times Monday - Thursday. They will be wearing blue vests and carrying clipboards. Please explain this with your child and explain the role of a Peer Mediator. Encourage them to find a Peer mediator if they have a small problem.
Peer Mediators will assess whether the problem is minor and something they can help with. If not, they will pass it on to a Yard Duty teacher. The aim of the mediation is for disputants to discuss their problem with Peer Mediator support and find a solution together.
The disputants must both agree to engage with a Peer Mediator, then tell their side of the story, what they want, and brainstorm ideas to solve the problem.
I would like this opportunity to stress and remind our community that this is a very important leadership role. It is also a responsibility that can be a little stressful at times when supporting our little people with school yard issues. Please treat our Mediators with respect and kindness. If any student/s create problems/social issues as a joke or make the Mediators feel unsafe or uncomfortable, this matter will be referred to the Student Wellbeing Team immediately.

MENTAL HEALTH / EVENTS CALENDAR 2024

Event Date

Event

13 February

National Apology to the Stolen Generation Anniversary

20 February

World Day of Social Justice

1st March

Zero Discrimination Day

8th March

International Women's Day

18-24th March

Neurodiversity Week

21 March

National Close the Gap Day

20 March

International Day of Happiness

20th – 26th March

Harmony Week

30th March

World Bipolar Day

31st March

Trans Day of Visibility

7th April

World Health Day



Coming Events

Please take a look at what is happening this year at RWPS.

February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

Follow our live updates on our Compass calendar.

Watch this space for the upcoming live calendar on website, too! More information to come.