RWPS eNewsletter Term2 Week 11


Principal's Report

Dear Parents, Students and Friends,

This Friday is the last day of Term 2. We are almost halfway through the school year. It’s quite unbelievable. On Friday the students are dismissed an hour early.

  • 1.50 pm Five Minutes of Fame
  • 2.00 pm Whole-school Assembly including choir performances
  • 2.25 pm SOTW and Good Behaviour photos near the stage
  • 2.30 pm Students dismissed

Term 3 commences on Monday 15th July.

 

PLEASE READ THE NEWSLETTER

I know that if you are reading this, it does not apply to you. However, I am quite gobsmacked that there were a number of parents who did not know that classroom PST Conferences were taking place today. Yesterday we were informed via a couple of different sources that this was the case, so Julia sent out a newsfeed last night as a reminder.

The organisation for the specialist/support and classroom PSTCs have been in the Newsletter for the last four weeks. I can understand maybe parents missing a week or two of the Newsletter – but four weeks? No wonder my hair is grey.

 

STAFFING CHANGES

There are a few staffing changes taking place at our school.

  • On Friday Kelly Mitchell commences her family leave in preparation for the arrival of her and Jake’s second bub. We wish them all the best and I’m sure we will have some exciting news early in Term 3.
  • To replace Kelly in Term 3, the following is occurring:
    • Monday DigiTech lessons are being conducted by Amy Sandri. Amy has been on Family Leave for the past seven years and is returning one day a week. 
    • Tuesday and Thursday DigiTech lessons are being conducted by Bianca Wickham. Bianca is returning after a year of Family Leave
    • Jen Barnes, former DigiTech teacher and school Digital Technologies Leader is returning one day per week, on Fridays, to co-ordinate this area across the school
  • Mulynda Blease is returning from just over a year’s Family Leave to take our PE lessons on Mondays and Tuesdays

 

SOFT STARTS FROM TERM 3

There will be a slight change to Soft Starts in the mornings next term. The music will commence playing at 8.55 am as it does now and that will be the signal for all students to begin moving inside to get ready and be organised for learning by the time the 9.00 am bell rings. There will be no 8.57 am bell. Teachers will be communicating the new organisation to students this week.

 

THEIRCARE PLACES

We understand that there are quite a few families that have been severely inconvenienced by the fact that our afterschool care program conducted by TheirCare is at capacity on some days.

Very early this year, TheirCare made an application to the Department of Education to increase the number of places that we can provide to families to reduce or eliminate the number of students on the waiting lis on some nights.

Unfortunately, this process is out of the school’s hands and is dependent on how quickly the Department can process TheirCare’s application. We are regularly checking with TheirCare as to whether there is any news and I believe that they are regularly checking with the Department.

I am really hopeful that this can be sorted out soon, as I know some families are finding it very difficult.

 

PLEASE PAY/CONSENT BY THE CUT-OFF DATE ON COMPASS

INCURSIONS/EXCURSIONS AND CAMPS
School events such as incursions/excursions, camps and sporting events are very exciting for both staff and students. They provide great opportunities for students to flourish outside of the traditional classroom setting.
However, it is crucial that correct procedures are followed in relation to parents/carers providing payment and consent for these events.
When these events are set up on Compass there is a clearly stated cut-off time for payment to be made and consent to be given.
In the past the school has bent the rules in accepting late payments. This will not happen anymore. It puts unnecessary stress on staff, especially office staff. Please do not contact teachers or the office staff to process late approvals or payments or send money to the office with your child.
Ultimately it is up to parents/carers to ensure that payments are made and consent given before the cut-off date. No exceptions are going to be made. Reminders will be sent out by teachers before the cut-off date.
If you are not confident or you have forgotten your Compass password, please come to the office and staff will assist you with making the payment on Compass or reset your password. Resetting of your password can also be done by phoning the office.

STUDENT EARLY DISMISSALS

We understand that there are times when you may need to collect your child from school earlier than the 3.30 dismissal time.

This can be disruptive to learning and so we ask that it be kept to a minimum and that appointments be made outside of school times.

However, it is occasionally unavoidable, so we ask that pickups occur at the beginning or end of lunchtime. Those times are 1.30 and 2.30pm.

This way we will be minimising classroom interruptions and be able to locate your child as quickly as possible.

 

FRIDAY BREAKFAST CLUB

There will be no Breakfast Club on Friday 28th June, the last day of Term 2. It will commence again on the second Friday of Term 3.

 

CHILD SAFETY AND WELLBEING

Reservoir West Primary School is committed to providing an environment where students are safe and feel safe.

Our child safety framework includes policies, codes and procedures that explain how we support and maintain the safety and wellbeing of our students and protect them from harm. These documents are available on our website: www.rwps.vic.edu.au

We are also committed to continuous improvement of our child safety framework. We are currently reviewing our child safety policies and practices to ensure they are up-to-date and effective.

Our students and families are important partners in this process. We welcome your feedback or ideas on ways we can improve our approach to child safety and wellbeing.

If you have any suggestions or comments, please contact Julia or Bruce.

 

SOME OUTSTANDING YEAR 1 SPANISH WORK

I was attending the Specialist PSTC last night and Tash Vargas sent a Year 1 student over to me to show me his Spanish work on the topic ‘the garden’. Zayn Aboushamat in 1P has put together some outstanding work. See below: ?

  

Enjoy your holidays.

Regards,

Bruce

Principal




Teaching and Learning

2024 SEMESTER ONE ACADEMIC REPORTS & TERM TWO EFFORT AND BEHAVIOUR PROGRESS REPORTS

 

At the end of the week, you will receive your child’s Semester One Academic Report (Student Achievement) as well as their Term Two Effort and Behaviour Progress Report via Compass. These reports provide parents/carers and students with a succinct picture of a student’s achievement at a point in time, as well as their progress relating to their effort and behaviour at school.

The Department of Education requires schools to provide a written (print or digital) student report at least twice a year to the parents/carers of each child enrolled at the school.

At Reservoir West Primary School, we value the importance of involving students and their parents/carers in learning. This process includes providing written reports on student learning, and effort and behaviour and conducting regular Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences (PSTC). 

 

SEMESTER ONE ACADEMIC REPORTS EXPLAINED

  • Curriculum score in given curriculum areas, shown as a black dot on a graphic continuum,
    • Capturing at a glance a student’s results compared to state-wide, age-appropriate expected levels
    • Showing progress in specific curriculum areas, since the last time the curriculum area was reported against.
  • Expected mid-year levels (indicated far right of Yellow block ‘expected level of achievement’)
  • A grid demonstrating the level of Achievement Standard knowledge or skills in curriculum areas taught, represented by a five-point scale

 

FIVE-POINT SCALE

Well Above
Well Above indicates achievement that is well above the standard expected for your child’s year level at the time of reporting. It means that your child understands and is able to work successfully with knowledge and skills. They have achieved a very high level of competence in the processes and skills outlined.

Above
Above level indicates achievement that is above the standard expected for your child’s year level at the time of reporting.  They have thorough knowledge and understanding and a high level of competence in the processes and skills outlined.

At Level          
At level indicates achievement that is at the standard expected for your child’s year level at the time of reporting.  It means that your child’s learning is on track and that they have achieved the required level of competence in the process and skills outlined.

Below
Below level indicates achievement that is below the standard expected for your child’s year level at the time of reporting. They have basic knowledge and a moderate level of competence in the processes and skills outlined.

Well Below
Well below level indicates achievement that is well below the standard expected for your child’s year level at the time of reporting.  They have achieved minimal competence in some of the processes and skills outlined.

 

  • A chart showing the percentage of school attendance for Semester One, up until Friday, June 21st, on which teachers needed to complete reports.

For all subject areas taught at RWPS during the semester, a short description of what was taught is provided. Achievement (excluding Library and Foundation – Year Two Digital Technologies) is reported on by making a teacher judgement against the Victorian Curriculum F-10 Achievement Standards by providing a score (dot) for each strand/mode. Progress from the last time that curriculum area was reported on is shown, and a five-point scale using Achievement Standard Skill Statements is provided.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION
For classes who were taught by Arlia Hickman (Term One) and Anne Watson (Term Two), Semester One Academic Reports and Term Two Effort and Behaviour Progress Reports have been completed by Anne Watson and Amanda Solakidis, collaboratively. Both teacher names will be appear on semester reports. Amanda Solakidis’s name will appear on progress reports, due to the limitations when setting up reports in Compass.

LIBRARY AND DIGITECH FOR FOUNDATION – YEAR TWO
For Library, a short description of what was taught, and progress is shown applying a five-point scale using skill statements. No score is provided for the subject as Library is not a specific curriculum area in the Victorian Curriculum F -10. For Foundation – Two it isn’t a requirement to provide a score for Digital Technologies. However, the school has still provided skill statements.

DIGITECH: YEAR THREE – YEAR SIX  
Students in Year Three – Year Six will now receive a score for Digital Technologies in the specialist, DigiTech. Previously, Digital Technologies was reported on in Global Studies in Year Three – Year Six, as it appeared in the school’s two-year teaching and learning plan. This change is due to the introduction of MAPPEN units in the last two years, which does not include Digital Technologies. From this semester, DigiTech will be reporting on Digital Technologies and students in Year Three – Year Six will be provided with a score each semester, as well as Achievement Skill Statements.

GLOBAL STUDIES (Formerly Inquiry)
For curriculum areas taught in the subject Global Studies, please read below for an explanation of how to interpret scores.

Foundation – Year Two
The curriculum areas covered within the subject of Global Studies are reported on as they are taught over the Foundation Stage: Foundation to Year Two, in line with our school’s new MAPPEN learning sequence, and as per the expectations of the Department of Education Victoria. A score at the end of the given curriculum level is the expected score to be considered at level within the semester provided, as the subject may only be taught during one semester over a year, or once or twice during the Foundation Stage.

Year Three – Year Six

The curriculum areas covered within the subject of Global Studies are reported on as they are taught over a two-year period of school, in line with our school’s new MAPPEN learning program, and as per the expectations of the Department of Education Victoria. A score at the end of the given curriculum level is the expected score to be considered at level within the semester provided, as the subject is only taught once during a two-year period.

ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE
For students involved in English as an Additional Language (EAL) curriculum, a short subject description is provided, scores for the English as an Additional Language modes that show the student’s level of achievement using the Victorian Curriculum F-10 EAL Achievement Standards, and the progress made since last time the student was provided with EAL scores. Teachers also use a five-point scale which reports on a student’s progress in achieving skills and knowledge against Victorian Curriculum F-10 EAL Achievement Standards.
 
IMPORTANT NOTE
Semester One Academic Reports and Term Two Effort and Behaviour Progress Reports for a select few students may be different due to exceptional circumstances. For example: late enrolment, an extended family holiday, an extended or high number of absences or a dual enrolment for a student who attends multiple school settings.
 
TERM TWO EFFORT AND BEHAVIOUR PROGRESS REPORTS
The Term Two Effort and Behaviour Progress Report displays Effort and Behaviour on a grid and graphs for subjects taught during Term Two and are comparable with Term One. These progress reports are attached to the bottom of each child’s Semester One Academic Report. Progress reports can also be exported separately as a PDF.
Teachers use school-created matrices to make judgements about each student’s level of effort and behaviour in each subject area taught in Term Two. Matrices have been sent out with instructions of how to access reports.
 
Teachers decide if a child’s effort and behaviour is:
10        Excellent
8          Very Good
6          Good
4          Satisfactory
2          Unsatisfactory
0          Not Applicable
Scores 1,3,5,7 and 9 do not have a category. This is due to limitations with setting up reports using Compass.
 
Please Note:

  • Foundation students did not receive a Term One Effort and Behaviour Progress Report.
  • Term Two Effort and Behaviour Progress Reports do not indicate levels of academic achievement.
  • School Yard Behaviour is only scored for Behaviour.
  • In Term Two and Four, Effort and Behaviour will not be scored for Library, due to skill statements provided in semester reports being linked.
  • If N/A appears on your child’s progress report for a subject, the reason may be due to: an exemption for the curriculum area, a long-term absence, low attendance for the subject, a late enrolment or another special circumstance.
  • Sometimes subjects aren’t taught every term, in accordance with our teaching and learning plan. If this is the case, the subject will not appear for the term on your child’s report.

Accessing your child’s Report
Please refer to the Accessing Semester One and Progress Report information that will be sent on Friday via Compass.

Troubleshooting
If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s report or progress or need some additional help with accessing and downloading the reports, please contact your child’s classroom teacher or myself after the holidays and we will be happy to answer any questions or help in any way we can.

NAIDOC Week
As mentioned in the previous Wellbeing piece, a fun and exciting whole school project has been planned by the Art team for the celebration of NAIDOC Week which will be held in the first week of Term Three. All students will be involved in the creation of a bottle cap mosaic mural. 

For NAIDOC Week, students will explore its significance through various classroom activities during the first week of Term Three. The theme for 2024 is 'Keep the Fire Burning! Blak Loud and Proud'.

NAIDOC Week Poster Art


Artist Deb Belyea won the 2024 NAIDOC Week Poster Competition. Deb Belyea’s artwork captivated the committee and beautifully embodied the spirit of the 2024 NAIDOC Week theme, "Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud."

Deb proudly belongs to the Samuawgadhalgal Cassowary Clan, with ancestral ties to the people of the top Western Torres Strait islands of Saibai, Dauan and the Bamaga-Saibai community of Cape York.

Residing on the lands of the Juru people in Bowen, North Queensland, Deb is an educator, curriculum writer, and practising artist.

The artwork shows ancestors hands placing an ember into a burning fire. This ember, and the fire, represents the sharing of cultural knowledge from one generation to the next.

‘Urapun Muy’ created by Deb Belyea (Samuawgadhalgal), Torres Strait.

GENRE WRITING AT RWPS USING THE JOHN FLEMING EFFECTIVE TEACHING MODEL
Since Term Three last year, the school has changed the way it teaches Genre Writing and we are seeing some wonderful results. The focus is on teaching students different text types explicitly. Across all our year levels, lessons follow the same structure.

 

The structure of a Genre Writing:      

  1. Genre Writing Warm Up
  • Vocabulary - introduction or revision of vocabulary suited to the genre and links with Daily Writing
  • Grammar and Punctuation - sentence structures suited to the genre and can link to Daily Writing
  • Introduction or revision of the genre structure
  1. Genre Writing Lesson
    Using the RWPS Lesson Model which incorporates Learning Intentions, Success Criteria, Why? I DO, WE DO, YOU DO and Plough Back, teachers and students focus on one or two components of the genre structure at a time, depending on the year level and students’ familiarity with the genre. In the You DO section, students work on their own piece throughout the sequence, building on the components each lesson. In this section, teachers work with small groups of students.  

Have a look at some teacher examples (I DO), teacher and student examples (WE DO), student examples (YOU DO) of Genre Writing in the photo stream.

SAVE THE DATE: LITERACY BLOCKS AND GENRE WRITING AT RWPS
I am excited to announce a special workshop on Wednesday, August 14th (5pm – 6pm), dedicated to exploring what happens during a typical literacy block at RWPS. This is a great opportunity for you to gain insights into the literacy curriculum and understand how we foster reading and writing skills in our students using the John Fleming Effective Teaching Model.

Further details about the workshop will be provided as we approach the date. I look forward to seeing you there!

 

Barbara Balliro
Assistant Principal- Teaching and Learning
Barbara.balliro@education.vic.gov.au



SOTW


Week 11, Term 2
  • 1.50pm - 5 Minutes of Fame in classrooms
  • 2.00pm - Assembly this week. Below is the agenda:
    • Principal report
    • End of term performances
  • At the conclusion of assembly - SOTW and Golden Ticket photos at the stage
    *Golden Ticket draw - Milburn Wing
  • School concludes at 2.30pm.

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

  

NAME

VALUE

LA1

5/6L

William Karlis

Persistence 

LA2

5/6M

Rafael Manonella

Success

LA3

5/6K

Sebastian Presljak-Lim

Persistence

LA4

5/6V

Olive Clennett

Success

LA5

5/6P

Talia Nagi

Success

LA6

5/6H

The Whole Class

Respect and Success

LA 8

4W

The Whole Grade

Success

LA9

Prep B

Lenny Bozinovski

Success

LA10

Prep D

Harvey Borlase 

Success 

LA11

Prep V

Genevieve Moore

Success 

LA12

Prep H

Una Polizzi

Success

LA17

1C

Jun Qian

Success

LA18

1M

Hattie Pauli

Persistence

LA19

1P

Elijah Tsaousis

Success

LA20

1R

Octavius Irineos

Success

LA21

3W

Darcy Lange

Success

LA22

3J

Max Heeney

Success

LA23

3M

Arowe Tomkinson

success

LA24

3S

Jed Braithwaite

Persistence and Success

LA25

2C

Aitana Norton

Persistence 

LA26

2G

Elsie Giles

Success

LA27

2B

Yasmina Mariam

Success

LA28

2M

Henry Ray

Wisdom

LA29

4T

The Whole Grade

Success

LA30

4H

The Whole Grade

Success

ART        

Charlie Hunt

Success

DIGITECH      

Austin Avraam-Messaoudi

Success

LIBRARY 

Edward Mcardle

Generosity

MUSIC   

Jayden Lam

Gus O’Neill

Persistence & Success

Persistence & Success

SPANISH

Amity Simmons

Archer McGloughlin

Success

Success

PE

Ingrid Singleton

Stella Halge Adams

Levi Asgautsen Roberts

Respect

PRINCIPAL

Blossom Finlayson

Austin Giles

Responsibility

Responsibility

TURBO/SUPPORT

Ziggy Jones

Persistence and Success


 

Group photo of last week's SOTW recipients!

Week 10 Golden Ticket winners!



Global Studies Cross-Age

Dear School Community,

With a whole-school focus on exploring Social Justice, our students have immersed themselves in various learning units during Term 2.

Foundation
Students focused their learning on the learning sequence titled, 'Friendship and Fairness'. They considered techniques to manage conflict and social skills when working in a team. During their Cross-Age session, students completed an activity about how to be a good firend. They drew a picture representing this and their big buddies assisted with writing a sentence about their picture.

Year 1 and 2
Students immersed themselves in the food, games, music and traditions of different cultures, through the learning sequenced titled, 'Celebrating Differences'. Students reflected on their own cultural identity and taught their peers how to make a lantern, during their Cross-Age session.

Year 3
The Year 3s covered our Social Justice unit during Term 1. Therefore, their focus was on Community. They learned about the lives of the First Australians before European settlers arrived in Australia, also exploring th4e First Fleet. During their Cross-Age session, they presented their information reports about their chosen person, sharing their research and knowledge with their buddies.

Year 4
Through the learning sequence titled, 'Somoene Else's Shoes', students learned about the issues experienced by people with disabilities. They further developed their understanding about the role that rules and laws play, sharing their opinions. During their Cross-Age, students shared their posters that reflected their learning.

Year 5/6
Students learned about the biggest problems facing children around the world. They learned about the needs across the world and different agencies that are taking action to make a difference. Students shared their presentations to their buddies during the Cross-Age session, which focused on raising awareness on ways that our school community can contribute to making a difference.

Have a look at all the wonderful learning that took place!

Kindest,
Julia Nour.
Global Studies Learning Specialist.

Library - Overdue Books


Dear RWPS families,

As we approach the end of a very busy term, I would like students and families to return any overdue library books to our library.

When books are not returned on time, it affects other students who may be waiting to borrow those titles and limits the availability of our collection.

Please assist your child in locating these books and returning them to the library as soon as possible.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Kind Regards,
Flora Kossivas.
Librarian.



TheirCare

Theircare Winter Holiday Program!

Join us for all the fun of Winter these holidays. We welcome you to our theme Time Warp for fun activities and excursions. Please take a look at our flyer on the Theircare website. Bookings are now live, please book at your earliest convenience. 


A MESSAGE FROM OUR NEW AREA MANAGER

Dear families and children,

I'm Sarah, and I couldn't be more thrilled to join you as the Area Manager for North Region 3. I'm eagerly anticipating the opportunity to meet each one of you.

With over 15 years of experience in Early Childhood Education, I've dedicated my career to managing services, mentoring, and training and assessing. My passion for working with children stems from ensuring that education and care are always at the forefront. Building strong relationships with children and families, making them feel like integral parts of the community, has always been a priority for me.

One aspect of my career that I've particularly cherished is mentoring, training, and assessing, where I've had the privilege of helping new educators and service managers flourish in their roles. It's incredibly rewarding to see individuals grow and succeed within the sector.

Outside of my professional life, you might be surprised to learn that I have a love for boxing. In fact, I'm also a personal trainer and sports nutritionist. This passion led me to open and run my own boxing studio, where I've been actively involved in the community for over two years now. Seeing the studio thrive, with amazing coaches and a supportive community, has been immensely fulfilling.

However, my desire to reimmerse myself within the education setting has brought me here to TheirCare. I'm genuinely excited to collaborate closely with all of you and witness your growth and success within your respective environments.

Here's to an incredible journey ahead!



A MESSAGE FROM OUR NEW RWPS COORDINATOR

Hello families, I would like to introduce myself as the new coordinator of Reservoir West Theircare. My name is Jaymee-Lee, I am a past student of Reservoir West PS and I am thrilled to be a part of the team.

I am currently in my 3rd year studying a Bachelor of Education at Latrobe uni. I have a passion for child development, and watching them learn new things is my favourite part. 

Please don't hesitate to contact me on the service phone number at any time for enquiries 0417 007 527



Community

One, two, tres, cuatro | Spanish/English School Holiday Program (age 0-5)

A bilingual musical adventure for families / Una aventura musical bilingüe para familias By peopleartpeople

One, two, tres, cuatro is a lively bilingual musical adventure where families explore the joy of rhythm and language together. Through interactive rhythms, engaging songs, and fun narratives, children and their caregivers will embark on an animated journey, learning basic Spanish and/or English along the way.

One, two, tres, cuatro es una aventura musical bilingüe en la que las familias explorarán la alegría del ritmo y el lenguaje. A través de ritmos interactivos, canciones animadas y narraciones divertidas, los niños y sus acompañantes disfrutarán de un viaje entretenido en el que aprenderán un poco de inglés y/o español.

This event is for pre school-aged children and their families.

Event Details
When: Wednesday 3 July

  • Session 1(for children age 0-2): 10:15am-11am
  • Session 2 (for children age 3-5): 11:30am-12:30pm

Where: Darebin Intercultural Centre - 350 High St, Preston

Cost: Free to attend - registrations essential via https://IC-one-two-tres-cuatro.eventbrite.com.au



Calendar

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

2024 Calendar

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