Parent information nights
It has been a busy week at school with three parent information nights taking place across the primary division and Year 7. Hopefully, parents found these sessions informative with regards to what is happening in their child’s year level along with understanding the direction of the school. Importantly, parents also had the opportunity to meet their child’s teacher. For the parents that missed the information sessions, I would like to introduce our new teachers that have joined us this year in the primary division. We have:
Kiely Murphy – Director of Wellbeing (Reception – Year 12)
Kath Ellis – Head of PDHPE
Andrew Wookey – PDHPE (Reception – Year 2)
Jo Spencer – PDHPE (Year 3 – 6)
Marnie Hunt – Visual Arts (Reception – Year 4)
Andrew McLean – Visual Arts (Years 5 – 8)
Priscilla Chu – Music (Reception – Year 1)
Josh Aghion – Year 6 class teacher
Vanessa Perry – Reception class teacher
During the information sessions for primary, I outlined the research that the Executive Leadership Team have been working through to help develop the school’s strategic and operational plan. With a rapidly changing world, we need to think about what skills, knowledge and understanding students need to be prepared for the future. Using international and Australian research, the Executive Leadership Team have used the following papers to inform some of its decision making:
- Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) – The future of education and skills: Education 2030
- World Economic Forum – The 10 skills you need to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution
- For Young Australians – The new works smarts: Thriving in the new work order
This research, along with context of being in Hong Kong and input from parents through the parent survey, has underpinned the school priorities this year and beyond. This includes strategic priorities of:
Enhancing student wellbeing
Teachers working in professional learning communities across divisions
Continuing implementation of problem solving in mathematics
Greater consistency in the teaching and assessing of reading
Explicitly teaching health, geography, history and science as outlined in the new Australian curriculum
Developing creative and critical thinking skills through inquiry learning.
Alongside this, we will continue to develop the home-school partnerships through parent workshops and parent communication and interaction. We will be introducing an online digital platform (Seesaw) to share student learning with parents after a successful trial in Year 1, Year 4 and performing arts last year. More information about this platform will be provided after Chinese New Year.
For parents of children in Years 3-6, your child may have talked to you about applying for a leadership position of House Captain (Year 6 only), SRC or Environmental Manager. These positions will be selected after the Chinese New Year break and students will be presented with their badges at the Primary Leadership Assembly on Friday 15 February at 8:30am in the Auditorium. You will be notified if your child is given a leadership position should you wish to attend the assembly. Unfortunately, some students will miss out, which can be difficult to deal with so it is important to remember that students do not need a formal leadership role to be a leader. Students are given many different opportunities throughout the year to display and develop their leadership skills.
A reminder to parents that parent-teacher interviews will take place in Weeks 6 and 7 of this term. This will give parents an opportunity to hear how their child has settled into the year along with you sharing any information you think might be important that your child’s teacher needs to know. Parents will also be able to request a meeting with the specialist teachers as well. More information will be sent out after Chinese New Year via the Primary Office.
I wish everyone a happy Chinese New Year. Kung Hei Fat Choy/Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Brendan Kean | Head of Primary