It has been wonderful to see so many of you in school over the past week or so across the two Campuses, whether visiting the parent workshops, coming to Swimming Galas, Sports Carnivals, MAD Show launches, swim meets, Year 6 transition day for parents, music moments, helping with costumes and dress rehearsals.
There are so many ways you can choose to be involved if you have the time… For some of you being a parent at Alice Smith can turn into a full-time job! Thank you for all you do to make this the vibrant learning environment it is; every contribution, no matter how small is equally valued and we hope that you enjoy your part in the community at a level that is sustainable to you and your family.
The relationship between home and school is vital as we all work together to ensure that learning for our children seamlessly continues no matter where they are at any given time. Parents in the Foundation Stage and Year 1 have an additional advantage in this due to our online reporting systems. Tapestry and Evidence of Learning have been used all year to record learning across all aspects of school life. Annotations can be made and pictures, videos and text shared between home and school very regularly.
Parents can also comment and share learning moments with teachers through this medium. This is an extraordinary example of how learning technologies can build bridges between home and school and ensure that parents can see how and what their child(ren) is/are learning.
Looking ahead, Evidence of Learning will continue to be used in Year 1 and will also be extended into Year 2 next year. Parents will receive all of the images and videos at the end of the year on an external pen drive so that they can share them with their child and review the learning and with family members further afield to celebrate successes and achievements. An amazing step forward towards ‘real time’ reporting!
In addition next week, we have a very exciting visitor coming into school. Her Excellency Vicki Treadell, the British High Commissioner and her guest will be visiting the Primary Campus to see the fabulous learning, learning environment and learners on show! A letter has been sent by Roger Schultz, Head of School, about some small changes that have been made to the school schedule as a result of this visit. The letter can be seen here. More information and photos will be shared in next week’s KLASS Times.
Finally, I want to say ‘break a leg’ to the cast and supporting cast of the Year 6 production ‘Frozen’. A sore subject in the office at the moment with me on crutches! The rehearsals look amazing, the set looks fabulous, the singing is awe inspiring, the orchestra is superb, the acting has been fabulous and the Year 6 team are a sea of calm! It is going to be superb… break a leg! Can’t wait to see it in all its glory!
Wishing you all fun and frolics at the Summer Fair on Saturday.
Have a super weekend
Principal Primary Campus
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