From the Principal

Dear Families,


I hope you have a great long weekend and managed to enjoy some of the warmer weather. It’s hard to believe we are already into week 7 and only have a short time until the Fair is here. Some amazing work is being done behind the scenes in preparation for the big event. Thanks those who are involved now, to those who will be jumping in to lend a hand soon and to those who have added their names to rosters already. Chilwell had a strong tradition of making this night enjoyable for all of our community so don’t forget to invite as many people as possible! Imagine if they missed out on Chilwell’s Got Talent or even worse… not seeing Mr Welsh going down the giant slide!!!


Mr Welsh: Mrs Welsh has organised a surprise for Mr Welsh and taken him away for a little holiday this week. We wish them a safe trip and look forward to seeing him back at School next week.


Preps: Thanks to Mylea and Cathy in Prepland for all your work in assessing the preps. The
information they gain from the Wednesday sessions help them target their teaching for your children. Preps will be in full time from now on and I am sure they are ready to take on 5 days per week. I also hope that the parents have settled into a routine and are developing great relationships with the wonderful Prep team. Remember if you can help out in anyway (laminating, cutting, folding, listening to students read, etc) please let Cathy and Mylea know. It is a partnership between home and school.


Cross Country: Congrats to Pete for organising perfect weather conditions for the cross country last week. Thanks to the parents and staff who helped out and made the day run so smoothly. The results were very close and I am sure there will be a report in the newsletter soon.


Art: Deb Fisher has been doing some amazing things in our Art room as usual! It is the year of the Art show so if you are keen to help Deb in anyway, please pop in and see her or even send the office an email so we can let Deb know.


8:45am: Just a reminder that staff are not on yard duty until 8:45am each morning. We have a great before school care program in the Multi purpose room if you require care from 7:30am. Pop in and see Cheryl to get an account and booking information before the cold weather kicks in.


Parent Teacher Meetings: Thanks to the families who have met with their child’s class teacher over the last few weeks. We hope to build relationships and enhance student learning by engaging with
families. Your support of, feedback to and work with your kids certainly adds value to their education. Staff will be updating ‘I Can’ statements in the Sentral portal before the end of term so please have a look over the Easter break at what your child has achieved. Mid year we will also have our Student Lead
Conferences (student, parent & teacher) where we set goals for semester two.


Reminder: Staff have regular meetings on Monday (Staff and Curriculum Teams) and then Action Research Team (ARTs) meetings on Wednesday from 3:45pm. If you require a catch up with a staff
member it’d be great if it was outside these times to enable staff to engage in their professional learning and planning.


Has anyone heard of HITS? High Impact Teaching Strategies… based on the research of John Hattie, DET has released a top 10 document to help teachers identify strategies that have an effect size of greater than 0.4. (1.0 is the equivalent of 1 years growth) My favourite is Feedback with an effect size of 0.73… I wonder how we (school and home) can provide better quality feedback to our students – your children – and continue to add value to their progress?


Swimming: We wish all our swimmers the best of luck as they head to the Regional Swimming Carnival coming up on the 20th March. I am sure we will hear about some great results later in the term.

AGM: Monday 18th March 6.30pm in the staffroom all welcome.

Permission forms: With so many opportunities for our students, various permission forms will be going home and will need to come back – usually with a few dollars. The 5/6 students have begun their Lightning Prems last week and there will be many more too!


Scott McCumber



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