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From the Principal

We hope everyone is keeping well and staying safe as we continue to navigate these uncertain times with lockdown 5.0. Remote Learning is not an ideal situation and certainly we are aware of the challenges it presents. Please know that we are here to support each other and our community.

Staff and students have become very familiar with how to navigate the Remote Learning environment and the switch back into it was seamless. We have been so impressed with the number of students connecting via Webex and completing set tasks. The Specialist staff have been presenting live sessions which have been well attended by students. The PPS staff will continue to focus on student learning and wellbeing during this time.

The Olympics begin this week and year levels are preparing activities for the children to complete, this will be a nice distraction.

Curriculum Day - Wednesday 18th August

At our School Council meeting, School Council passed Curriculum Day for Wednesday 18th August. This will be a Pupil Free Day.

Health and Wellbeing Resources

To support our school community during this time, the Department has published resources and support for parents, carers and families.

Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our students remains a priority. Please see the link below.

Quick Guide to Student Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources

The guide includes resources for Students to support their own mental health and wellbeing.

  • Advice and resources for students about ways to adapt their learning during COVID-19, to look after themselves and where to get help.
  • Wellbeing activities with tips on managing stress, staying active and gratitude.
  • Physical activities with Melbourne Victory Football Club.

The guide also includes resources and supports for parents and carers to help them build their child’s physical and mental health and wellbeing. This includes:

  • resources to support children’s physical, mental health and wellbeing
  • wellbeing activities and conversation starters
  • raising Learners podcast series
  • how to talk to your child about COVID-19

We will continue to communicate any further updates and information as they come to hand.

We hope all families are keeping healthy and safe and we thank you for your ongoing support. We all look forward to returning to onsite learning on Wednesday 28th July.

 

 



Leanne Bradney
Principal

 

And Now A Word From Mrs Richards

Hi everyone,

As we continue this strange little journey I hope that you are all well and safe and are managing as best you can. We continue to be totally amazed by how well our staff, students and parents continue to rally and make the best of things during the remote learning period.

It is difficult to provide advice for how to best manage the daily demands and pressures that we are under as everyone’s circumstances are so very different. I think what is important though is the following:

  • Take time to prioritise your own wellbeing. I know that this isn’t easy but it isn’t selfish to carve out time each day for you to do something that will help you feel calmer and less anxious. Whether that is a walk, some yoga or a cuppa whilst watching a catch-up episode of The Bachelor, whatever works for you to clear your mind and put you in a better headspace will, in turn, help your children as you will be able to manage their ups and downs better.
  • We understand that many parents are juggling home/ work commitments as well as supporting their children with their online learning. Make it work for your own set of circumstances. If that means that students complete attend their class WebEx sessions but then complete the bulk of their tasks later in the day when you have time to help them, that is absolutely fine.
  • There will be good days and there will be bad days. On one of the bad days when nothing else works and you and your child are in constant conflict- STOP! It is perfectly acceptable to send the teacher a message and let them know that your child will be stepping away and will be back on deck the next day. If your child is feeling anxious and upset and needs time away from formal school work it is perfectly acceptable to have them spend time learning informally through games etc. Try to avoid learning becoming a battlefield for you and your children and make sure you communicate with their teacher so that they are aware of where your child is at. It may be something they can then discuss and problem solve with them via WebEx sessions.
  • Please ensure that you give yourself permission to be less than perfect during this time. As we have mentioned previously, the online learning routine will have to be adapted so that it fits into the timetable of your whole family’s work and school commitments. If your child is struggling, please let us know and we will work as hard as we can to support both you and them.
  • We have a strong community in Parkdale. Please take care, look after  yourselves and support one another as best as you can. Every single one of us is doing the very best that we can under extremely trying circumstances. No-one is unaffected, whether it be managing financial uncertainty, juggling working from home with remote learning, managing preschool children and babies amid supporting school work or desperately missing seeing members of our families who we are isolated from.

Resources for parents

Hang in there everyone. You are doing an amazing job and fingers crossed we will see everyone back at school next week.


National Consistent Collection of Data on Students with Disability (NCCD)

Dear parents, guardians and carers

Re: Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)

Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).

Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:

  • year of schooling
  • category of disability: physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional
  • level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive.
  • This information assists schools to:
  • formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools
  • consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disability in schools
  • develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with disability.The NCCD will have no direct impact on your child and your child will not be involved in any testing process. The school will provide data to the Australian Government in such a way that no individual student will be able to be identified – the privacy and confidentiality of all students is ensured. All information is protected by privacy laws that regulate the collection, storage and disclosure of personal information. To find out more about these matters, please refer to the Australian Government’s Privacy Policy (https://www.education.gov.au/privacy-policy).If you have any questions about the NCCD, please contact the school. 
  • Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD Portal (https://www.nccd.edu.au).
  • The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability.
                                       

Mr Bainbridge's Bulletin

2021 Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey 

Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents/caregivers/guardians think of our school. The Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents/caregivers/guardians (previously known as the Parent Opinion Survey). It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of families’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour, student engagement and experiences of remote and flexible learning. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.

Approximately 30 per cent of parents will be invited to participate in this year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous. This year, the Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey will be conducted from Monday 2nd August to Sunday 22nd August.

The survey will be conducted online, only takes 20 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones. The online survey will be available in a range of languages other than English. These include: Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Chin (Hakha), Hindi, Japanese, Somali, Turkish, Punjabi and Greek.

Families that are part of this year’s random sample will be notified on Monday 2nd August via email. The email will contain the survey link and our school specific PIN to complete the survey.

We value your feedback that is provided in this yearly survey.

What's Happening!

FOUNDATION

Welcome back to Term 3. Week 1 flew by in Foundation. Going into our snap lockdown, the students transitioned smoothly back into remote learning once again.

We have begun learning about Persuasive writing and trying to convince people that our opinion is right! In Phonics, we have been learning about closed syllables and long and short vowel sounds. This is a tricky concept, so you night like to use your sound pack to practise this with your child.

Just a few reminders:

  • Olympic Themed WebEx on Tuesday 27th July. Dress up in your favourite countries’ colours or favourite sport
  • Our 100 Days of School celebration will be on Friday 30th July. Come dressed up as something to do with the number 100.

Upon our return from Remote Learning, please ensure your child brings back their pencil case, dotted thirds laminated sheet, whiteboard marker and write and wipe sleeve.

GRADE 1

Congratulations on a great start back to the term and for your smooth transition into Remote Learning on Friday. It was lovely having the children back in the classroom for most of the first week and hearing wonderful stories about school holidays! We really appreciate how amazing you have all been in completing your online/Remote Learning tasks to a high standard, taking on feedback and concentrating on your individual goals.
As you are probably aware, we are starting many new topics at the moment. We have begun to learn about Narratives in writing, focusing on retelling stories to begin with. Our Number topic in Maths groups is Place Value to 100 and beyond, and we have also been looking at 2D and 3D Shapes in our Applied Topic. This term our Inquiry unit is about Australia, and we are very excited to learn lots of interesting things about our country! Last week in Word Study we looked at the sound of ‘-al’, and this week we are reviewing syllables in words.
Fingers crossed we will all be back in the classroom soon! Keep being fabulous Grade 1’s!

GRADE 2

Hello Grade 2 Families 

As you all know we are back into Remote Learning and we would like to say a big thank you for all of your efforts so far this year with the yo-yoing of going in and out of home learning.
We are focusing on RESPONSE writing at the moment, which consists of a structured approach to reacting and forming opinions from a text, short film or music.
When forming our response writing pieces we need to be able to RECALL AND SUMMARISE the text, which is our reading focus this week. We are also finding INTERESTING VOCABULARY in the texts we are reading which hopefully we can add to our writing!
In Maths Groups we are beginning our topic of MULTIPLICATION and DIVISION. Students are learning to recognise and represent multiplication as repeated addition, groups and arrays.

We are wrapping up our Applied Maths topic of MEASUREMENT by exploring and comparing the capacity of different containers.

For our Inquiry topic this term we are researching and discovering all the amazing resources we have on our planet - with a specific focus on water.
The concert will be postponed due to Covid, however we encourage students to continue practicing their dance and song over this time.
Make sure to read any Compass notifications and Seesaw posts for information on your child’s learning and activities throughout this remote period.  

As always, we are here to help. We understand what a particularly difficult time this is for all families. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email your child’s classroom teacher. 

 
GRADE 3

How are we already commencing the start of Term 3? The Grade 3 teachers have a lot of fun and engaging learning planned for the Term.  

Reading: To begin the Term we have been exploring the comprehension strategy of finding word meaning in context. Good readers know that they can find word meaning in context by using other words or phrases in the reading passage as clues. Whenever students figure out the meaning of a word without looking in a dictionary, they are finding word meaning in context. This is an important strategy to assist students when facing unknown words. 

Writing: The students have been writing creative poetry over the last two weeks. They have looked into the structure of rhyming couplets and clerihews and brainstormed quality rhyming words before drafting and publishing a final copy.  

Mathematics: We have started our patterns and algebra math concept. This concept involves identifying patterns with shapes and numbers, predicting continuing patterns, finding rules, and using tables to identify patterns. With our applied topic, we are focusing on reading time. Continue to encourage your child to practise identifying the time on analogue clocks at home as a way to work on reading time. 

Inquiry: This term our inquiry focus is forces and functions. The students will be engaged in the practical application of physics and programming. They will learn how forces can be exerted on one object by another as they complete a range of projects. Students will then apply the knowledge they have learned throughout the duration of the term to design a new invention or improve an object.  


GRADE 4

Wow...we can't believe it's Term 3 already! The Grade 4 students have adapted quickly to remote learning, WebEx meetings,

online lessons as well as completing their tasks to a high standard. Their resilience is truly shining during this time, so we are incredibly proud of each and every one of our students.

Writing: We have started to look at narratives and in particular characterisation. We have focused on not only describing a

character's physical attributes but also their personality traits. The use of rich vocabulary, metaphors and similes to describe characters, has been a teaching and learning focus for the students.

Reading: The use of mentor texts to drive and support the student's learning of comprehension strategies, is a big focus for this term. We have read a magnificent picture storybook called, 'Fox' and have been looking at the rich vocabulary within the story in great detail. The students have been learning strategies to help them find word meaning in context.

Maths: The beginning of this term sees us working with fractions in our Number groups. In Applied Maths, we have begun 

looking at bar graphs, tally and pie charts as well as chance and probability.

Inquiry: It has been fascinating to discover how diverse our background and families are in Grade 4. Our recent homework

task asked the students to find out what countries their parents and grandparents were born in. We will continue to explore the benefits of having a diverse society in Australia.


GRADE 5/6

The 5/6 team would like to congratulate all students on a fantastic start to the term and a smooth transition into remote learning. We would also like to congratulate all members of the aerobics team for making it through to the National Titles!

Literacy
During our writing sessions last week we began creating some new goals. They included a variety of academic and personal goals that students will work towards throughout this semester. We have also begun our new writing genre, response writing.

Maths
For our number maths topic both Grade 5’s and 6’s has begun their unit on ‘Adding and Subtracting Fractions’, and for our applied maths unit both year levels have been focusing on ‘Time’.

Inquiry
Last week we introduced our inquiry topic, ‘Australia: Through a Different Lens’. We began by brainstorming what we already know about Australian history and Indigenous culture, and what we would like to learn more about throughout this unit.

Finally, a big thank you to all the 5/6 parents for their support at home and for making the transition back to remote learning so smooth.

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