For a school with a roll in the mid-80s, we are very well staffed.
Mary, Toni and Vanessa work collaboratively with the junior classes. Sam, Caleb and Tilda work as a collaborative team in the senior classes. We have Elaine working one day per week with learners who have special needs, testing and applying for funding and support for these learners. We have June working 5 mornings per week with reading recovery and specialist support for children needing a burst in their maths or spelling. June is also working with Room 2 on the Feuerstein programme.
These teachers are engaged in constant learning and refinement of their teaching based on the specific needs of each child. I am so impressed with their care and their capacity, and it is exciting to see the progress that our children are making.
Each teacher has their own inquiry into what might work best for a particular small group of learners whose progress seems currently to need an extra burst of atteniton, and they reflect regularly on what is working and what is not for these learners.
Each week we have a time of celebrating successes for the week.
This term, we have had a lot to celebrate:
- The quality of story writing in Room 1 has taken a big leap up with high engagement levels related to animals in the classroom, and also because of focused teaching on 'wow' words and listening to sounds and giving spelling a go.
- Seniors setting games up for the juniors at lunchtimes
- Exciting programmes with both real life problems and simulations that have had the children collaborating to think hard and to solve problems
- Fantastic enagement of parents as they use the Seesaw app to respond to their children's learning
- Excellent participation and results in the interschool speech competitions, resulting in everyone from our school gaining a first, second or third place
- A generally very settled, happy and engaged group of learners across the school
Thanks for being such a great community to be a part of.