Dear parents and carers,
Four weeks into Term 3, our class programs are in full swing, and it is wonderful to see the consistently high quality of teaching and learning in our classrooms.
This term, teaching staff are participating in a professional development model called ‘Teaching Sprints’. We use educational research to develop innovative teaching strategies focused on a particular curriculum area. This term, we are doing rich tasks in maths – tasks that promote ‘rich’ mathematical thinking of problem solving, reasoning and creativity.
Through the Teaching Sprints process, teachers collaborate to plan and trial their lessons, reflect on their successes and challenges, and collect and analyse assessment data to evaluate their impact. It is exciting to hear about the plans each grade team is making, and I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing students engaged in rich mathematical thinking over the coming weeks!
Drop off and pick up procedures
When children arrive at school, they are welcome to walk into any gate – you can use the gate that is most convenient for your family. As children arrive at school gradually between 8:30 and 9:00am, and parents say goodbye outside the gates and then leave, there is no need to use your allocated gate for drop offs.
Allocated gates are only necessary in the afternoon, when parents are waiting to pick up children, to ensure an even spread of adults across the gates to assist with social distancing. Thank you.
Wear It Purple Day
In two weeks, on Friday 28 August, Stanmore Public School will celebrate Wear It Purple Day for the first time. Wear It Purple Day encourages Australians to wear purple to show LGBTIQ young people and families are respected, supported and can be themselves. The theme for 2020 is We Are The Change.
Pip in Year 5, who with the student executive is leading this initiative at Stanmore PS, writes:
“Wear It Purple helps create supportive, safe, empowering & inclusive schools and communities for rainbow young people and their families. Lots of LGBTIQ people still experience discrimination, bullying & harassment because of who they are or who they like. Wear It Purple Day helps us to understand that it is important that we all play our part in making sure everyone feels safe & welcome.”
To celebrate Wear It Purple Day, we are having a purple and rainbow mufti day on Friday 28 August. Students are invited to wear purple and rainbow colours, and bring a gold coin donation, with proceeds going to Wear It Purple, a charity that strives to foster supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for rainbow young people. Teachers will be provided with resources to lead an age-appropriate discussion about Wear It Purple Day and supporting LGBTIQ young people and families with their class.
Year 2 photo album
I popped into some of our Year 2 classrooms this week and captured some students highly engaged in STEM, writing and visual literacy lessons. Great learning is happening here every day.
Until next week,