It has been a week of learning for many of us, with our children’s best interests at the forefront, as always.
This week, our staff has been greatly enriched by expertise and support of educational researchers, Sophie Murphy and Luke Mandouit. Their focus is on visible learning, effective feedback and purposeful teaching. They were thrilled to observe the students in action, sharing their thinking and learning with them across all curriculum areas. Even more so, they were excited to read the comments of a parent in the communication book, stating that her child had shared that she had moved from pink to yellow, then green with her thinking and that she is now a deep thinker in patterns. The language of learning is strong at Gippsland Grammar and we are grateful for our parent engagement.
Professional Development continues as always. Two members of staff recently attended a Diabetes training session in Sale and will share their learnings with us to ensure the safety of our students; all staff participated in an online training to support this process. Mrs Penny Rankin attended GRIN (Getting Ready in Numeracy) training to further her understanding in delivering the program that encourages confidence in mathematics.
Many of our parents attended class information sessions on Thursday, where they had the opportunity to not only meet the teachers, but to also get a glimpse into their child’s learning environment. The implementation of VOS will further enhance parent engagement, offering a range of benefits to teachers, students and families. If you are having any difficulties with VOS, please let us know and we will happily assist you. We learn best when we do it together!
Gippsland Grammar was well represented at the District Swimming Carnival, with most competitors moving through to the next level. It was pleasing to hear that two of our students comforted a fellow competitor in distress, checking in to see if she was ok. While we are suitably proud of our students’ achievements in the pool, these stories of compassion are the ‘icing on the cake’.
Correa has once again presented an exciting Fellowship, with their musical performances a highlight. The Year 1 students performed a percussion processional, while the Year 2’s entertained us in the recessional with their song Cabbage Patch Café, which they have been working on with Mr Glover. The Fellowship theme ‘Maths and Pattern’ demonstrated the learning in the Correa class.
I encourage your attendance at the ‘Plant a Pot’ event for the Caitlyn Fischer memorial garden in the ELC, next Friday. It will be a fun afternoon, painting a secret message on a rock and carefully planting your lucky number plant, before enjoying sausages from the BBQ. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for catering purposes.
Enjoy the weekend.