YEAR 7 2020 INFO NIGHT
If your child will be attending Kotara High School in 2020 there is an information night to be held Tuesday 2nd April at 6pm at Kotara High School. All prospective Kotara High Parents are invited to attend.
MEREWETHER HIGH SCHOOL YEAR 7 2020 – PLACEMENT TEST
Applicants for Year 7 placement in a selective high school in 2020 are required to take the Selective High School Placement Test to be held from 9.00am to 1.30pm on Thursday 14 March 2019.
The test centre for students is:
Merewether High School
BROADMEADOW NSW 2292
MATHS INVESTIGATION – PARENT CHALLENGE!
This week our stage 3 students worked hard on this rich mathematical investigation. They worked incredibly hard to find a solution and they never gave up… its tricky. The best thing about this was that the kids went out to lunch buzzing and still talking about how to work out the answer! They got there in the end! Have a go!
MATHS IN OUR CLASSROOMS no. 4
Our classrooms and our teaching practice are designed to create a culture of student responsibility. When teachers are designing mathematical tasks they think about the roles that students will need to play when working independently or as a group. For example students may become facilitators, managing time and keeping team members on track. Also the role that each student plays within a team is designed to allow them to engage in the process of understanding mathematics and engaging with the task. Roles give students responsibilities for managing their learning and have them invested in the success of a task. This is just another reason our kids love maths!
RUNNING FOR A LEADERSHIP POSITION IN 2020
Student Leadership of our school is a highly valued and coveted position. Last year in consultation with the P and C the school strengthened the leadership pathway opportunities for Year 5 students. Should Year 5 students wish to take on a leadership positionin 2020 such as school captain or leader they will need to complete the following steps.
- SELF NOMINATION OUTLINING LEADERSHIP OVER TIME AT ANY SCHOOL OR IN OTHER FIELDS, EG SPORTS, THE ARTS, VOLUNTEER ORGANISATIONS ETC
- THIS NOMINATION IS SECONDED BY A PEER WITH REASONS FOR THE NOMINATION
- NOMINATION IS GIVEN TO ANY TEACHER FOR ENDORSEMENT
- ENDORSED CANDIDATES ARE INTERVIEWED BY THE PRINCIPAL AND CURRENT SCHOOL LEADERS
- SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL THEN GIVE SPEECHES TO THE STUDENT BODY
- STUDENT BODY VOTES
- ANNOUNCEMENT OF SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS AT PRESENTATION DAY.
Student will be informed of the process this week and the school procedures will be found on the website.
STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL
Increasing student participation in the governance of our school will be an major focus during this year and the next. As such we will be forming the Student Representative Council. Ms Dixon will be the coordinating teacher for the SRC and we are very excited as are the students for this wonderful leadership opportunity. Students in years 3-6 will have the opportunity to nominate and be elected to the SRC which will be a vehicle for student voice and change within the school.
Our school is consistently recognised as a leader in education in Newcastle through our involvement with a number of universities and visits from other schools to watch our teachers in action. This week Kurri Kurri Public joined us to take a look at the way we teach maths and how we ensure every teacher is always improving. It was wonderful to share our journey with them!
Touch Football Trials
The online registration and permission form is on the Newcastle City Zone PSSA website: https://sites.google.com/education.nsw.gov.au/newcastlepssa/home
Please click the Touch Football tab.
The password: Touch2019
Entries close Wednesday 13 March
Boys and Girls Zone Soccer Trials
The link for the form is: https://sites.google.com/education.nsw.gov.au/newcastlepssa/home
The password: Soccer2019
In completing the form, students and parents are agreeing to the PSSA Code of Conduct. Principals and Sports Coordinators will also sight the online form agreeing to the student participating in the trial.
Note from the Selectors: Please only send players of the highest quality and not those that just play on weekends. It was very difficult culling 65 players last year (boys) when only approx. 25 were up to the standard. Thank you for your cooperation with this.
DOGS IN SCHOOL
A friendly reminder that dogs are not allowed on school grounds. The Department of Education identifies that all dogs can pose some risk to students particularly large numbers of children who are moving noisily and quickly at pick up and drop off times. Please refrain from bringing your dog onto the school grounds. If your child has received a puppy and would like to bring it in to show classmates please contact the school.
Parents and carers are reminded that the school can only accept new enrolments from within our zoned area. Parents wishing to enrol must present suitable paperwork validating their residential address prior to the enrolment of a student. A comprehensive list of acceptable enrolment documents is available on our website along with a copy of the schools zoning map.
Volunteers are needed to continue the CommBank School Banking program at our school.
Without new volunteers the program will not be able to continue. The current volunteers are finishing on the 13th March which will be the last banking day unless someone steps into the role. If you can spare an hour a week, please contact the school office.
PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEW FEEDBACK
Thank you to all parents who met with our teaching staff over the past two weeks. Feedback from the staff has been that it was a very positive experience and gave them a lot of insight into your children. As a school we are always looking to improve what we do, if you have any suggestions we would appreciate you following this link to a very quick survey.
LAMBTON HIGH SCHOOL – INVITATION TO A PARENT MEETING FOR YEAR 7 – 2020
NATIONAL DAY OF ANTI BULLYING
Friday 15 March is the National Day of Action Against Bullying and our school will be taking part. Students will participate in a variety of specialised lessons and a special assembly followed by a hands on session where they can implement some of the anti-bullying strategies that they have learnt.
CCC – CARING CONFIDENT CHILDREN
Some of you may have heard of our CCC Program. This is the Caring, Confident Children Program and is an opportunity for students in Years 5 and 6 to develop and implement lunchtime activities for younger students. The older students are responsible for communicating the activities, organising them and helping younger students access them. This is a wonderful initiative for both senior and junior students with senior students developing leadership and organisational skills whilst giving the younger students a structured option in the playground. Some of the activities include tennis, gardening, yoga and dancing.
CAPABILITIES IN OUR SCHOOL
EDUCATION IN THE PAST HAS BEEN FOCUSSED ON THE 3R’S. Knowledge and skills associated with reading writing and arithmetic. There has been a worldwide shift away from this approach to a methodology that embeds the development of capabilities or attributes in our children whilst still addressing curriculum requirements. Our staff have recently identified the capabilities that we are trying to develop in our students. These capabilities have been gleaned from a range of evidence based research papers which can be found here.
We have identified the following that we embed in our learning and teaching for our students as critical to their future success.
- Critical creative thinking
- Grit and perseverance
- Risk taking in learning
- Communicating ideas
- Listening with understanding and empathy
- Decision making
- Emotional regulation
- Questioning and posing problems
- Open mindedness
- Compassion and empathy
- Collaboration and team work
- Problem solving
- Metacognition (learning about learning)
- Creating, imagining and innovating
GRAPHIC DESIGNER NEEDED
If any member of the community is a graphic designer or works in advertising and or communications and would like to help the school with a project please contact Andrew Pryce, Principal, or if you have had a good experience with a design company please also get in touch.
PARENT INDUCTION PROCESS
On Friday March 8, there will be two parent induction sessions for new parents to volunteer in classrooms or around the school. These will be held at 9.30am and 3.00pm.
There is no need to RSVP, just turn up.
If you are unable to make these times, please contact the school to arrange a quick induction.
Enjoy your week