On Friday the Year Six students and the Year Two students spent some time together creating an acrostic poem.
The Year Two’s have been learning about different types of poetry so they taught their Year Six buddies what they knew. In return the Year Sixes taught the Year Two’s how to use PicCollage and insert text, photos and pictures.
It was a fun afternoon and we look forward to sharing more of our learning soon!
Over the last few weeks in Maths we have been exploring Chance and Data concepts. We were introduced to a new game called, “Greedy Pig’. We found this game fun and exciting and it kept us on the edge of our seats. We had a ‘wipe out’ number which we would change each round and this would take our score to zero. Each roll we could add the number shown onto our total or we could risk playing again.
Maths can be a lot of fun and playing a game is a great way to hone our skills and knowledge!
We are looking forward to seeing you this Wednesday for our Three-Way interviews.
Please read the summary reminders below :
What are Three Way Learning Conferences and what do they look like?
Three Way Learning Conferences are a conversation between the student, their parent/s and their teacher.
The student has an opportunity to share with their parents, with the support of their teacher, their growth as a learner.
All three parties – student, parents and the teacher – sit together and talk about the student’s learning by looking at and discussing representative work samples.
Each conference will last for fifteen minutes with times pre-selected through our on-line booking system.
Three Way Learning Conferences achieve the following:
• help students demonstrate evidence of learning
• teach students the process of reflection and self-evaluation
• facilitate the development of organisational and oral communication skills and increase their self-confidence
• encourage students, parents, and teachers to engage in open and honest dialogue
• encourage students to accept personal responsibility for their learning
• increase parental understanding of their child’s learning journey
What does some of the research say?
Professor John Hattie identifies student self-reporting as the most significant indicator linked to raising student achievement.
‘If the focus is to be kept on learning, and the ownership of the learning with the child, then the best person to talk about the learning is the learner’… ‘Not only is the student the best person to tell their parents what they have learnt, but if we believe that students build their knowledge by communicating what they know, then providing an opportunity for the students to tell their family what they know can significantly assist with that learning.’ Absolum, (2006)
What Parents are asked to do during the Conference
•Turn up on time and listen carefully and ask clarifying questions.
• View and provide encouraging comments on student work, progress and achievement.
• Support goal setting and learning intention opportunities.
What Parents are asked to do after the Conference
:• Positively support and take an interest in helping your child to achieve their goals.
• Continue to encourage your child to aim for their personal best through challenge and support while reducing stress and anxiety.
Please respect time limits, and please show genuine respect, care and gratitude toward both your child and their teacher, as your teacher will do for you. Our relationships with one another are so important in setting your child up for success – both emotionally and academically. Children are keen observers – may they see us all at our best – wise, kind, considerate, reflective, positive!
The MS Society of WA is holding its annual Enerflex Step Up for MS event on Sunday, 7 June 2015. Enerflex Step Up for MS is a unique vertical challenge open to people of all ages. Participants will run or walk the 1,103 stairs (53 flights), to the top of Perth’s tallest and most iconic building, Central Park.
This year a Kids Challenge, has been introduced and specifically targets those aged 6-11. This challenge will see children, (who must be accompanied by a parent), run from level 41, to the top of Central Park, finishing on the roof.
Last year a phenomenal $212,385 was raised for Western Australians living with MS.
Senior Events Coordinator
The Multiple Sclerosis Society of WA (Inc.)
Our next P&F Canteen Day will be a Pizza – Sushi Lunch on WEDNESDAY 10th of JUNE.
Please complete the order form (click the link) Pizza & Sushi Day Order Form and return it to school by THURSDAY 4th of JUNE with the correct money, in a sealed, labelled envelope. Please ensure your child’s name and class is filled in and use only one form per child.
UNFORTUNATELY, LATE ORDERSCANNOT BE ACCEPTED and CHANGE CANNOT BEGIVEN.
The Pizza is supplied by Eagle Boys and the Sushi by Sushy Izu.
Today Mr Greg Mitchell spent the day at St Emilie’s in our specialist classrooms and then after school with staff to share some valuable professional development.
One of the many interesting ideas we explored was the importance of supporting children (and ourselves as adults) to develop a GROWTH mindset.
Research shows that a student’s belief about their intelligence plays an important role in their school achievement, and that parents and teachers can positively influence the development of these beliefs.
Students who believe their intelligence is simply a fixed trait fare more poorly, especially as school becomes more challenging, than students who believe their intellectual abilities can grow.When students are taught the growth-oriented view—they show an increase in their enjoyment of learning and in their grades.
What can parents do?
Praise the process– children’s effort or strategies—creates eagerness for challenges, persistence in the face of difficulty, and enhanced performance.
Next time you are tempted to tell your child that he or she is the next Einstein or future Picasso, stop yourself. Instead, take the time to appreciate the effort they put into their work, not what the work means about their innate brains or talent.
Ask them how they went about something and show them how you appreciate their choices, their thinking process, or their persistence.
Ask them about strategies that didn’t work and what they learned from them.
When they make mistakes, use these mistakes as an opportunity for teaching them to come up with new strategies.
When they do something quickly, easily, and perfectly, do not tell them how great they are. Tell them, “I’m sorry I wasted your time on something too easy for you. Let’s do something more challenging that you can learn from.”
Look for ways to convey your valuing of effort, perseverance, and learning—rather than some empty display of ability. Instead of false confidence in fixed ability, these methods will foster a deeper appreciation for the true ingredients of achievement.
It is now abundantly clear that brains and talent alone don’t bring success. The work of Benjamin Bloom and of Anders Ericsson shows clearly that people of outstanding accomplishment—be it in science, the arts, or athletics–are often no more talented than many of their peers. In fact, their peers who seemed most brilliant at the start often turned out to achieve very little. This is most likely because, believing too much in the power of their brains and talent, they did not put in the effort that all great accomplishment requires.
In short, believing in brains or talent as something fixed and all-powerful works against long-term success in school, careers, and life in general.
Talking to your children about their brain being like a muscle – the more they use it, the stronger it gets is a great way to go!
Let’s all become more mindful about HOW and WHAT we say to our children so that we can develop a GROWTH MINDSET in school and in life!