Our Meander Valley cluster network work together to ensure we maintain our strong learning connections and aspire to agreed outcomes to support our students as they transition to high school. We have agreement about the high impact teaching strategies and our approaches we use in developing literacy and numeracy. We continue to identify and support the changing needs of our students as they move into an on-line world. Mr Ian Mackenzie, teacher at Deloraine High School submitted a grant which was successful, to obtain Science and Technology resources to develop students’ skills in programing and coding. We received Lego robots, Blue Bot and Sphero robots, valued around $16000. Developing skills in the primary schools will enable students to engage in higher order challenges when they enter high school. We are very appreciative of the work that Mr Mackenzie did to secure this grant and we look forward to some amazing outcomes for all of our learners. We have already had a large number of students enrol in after school technology workshops to commence their journey.
We are fortunate to have such a supportive school community. Last week a team of parents worked throughout the day to create flower bouquets to fill orders for Mother’s Day. We would like to thank the following individuals: Pip Neate for her organisation, Sophie Folder, Katie Tangney, Rachelle Holland, Jess Bramich, Nicole Sherriff, Hannah Greive, Alison Scott, Linda Coull, Mattie Harris and Bronwyn Butterfield for their amazing dedication to supporting this event. Also, thank you for all of the donations of flowers from the many families to make this possible.
Yesterday we held a Mother’s Day breakfast, and had over 150 family members attend. This was a lovely opportunity for mums, grandmothers and children from our school to sit and chat, and for mums to take a few minutes to rest and know that they are very special people in the lives of their children. The breakfast spread was incredible – thank you to all those who helped to make this such a welcoming event.
During the next two weeks NAPLAN assessment for 2019 will be taken by Grade 3 and 5 students. As all tests (apart from Grade 3 writing) are online there has been a great deal of preparation behind the scenes for computer readiness. Thank you for your support in your child’s participation. We will endeavour to complete catch up tests for any absences for students to complete a full set of assessments. Reports will be available for parents in the same format as previous years.
Support Staff Week
In recognition of the wonderful work that all of our support staff do we will hold a morning tea on Thursday 16 May, Education Support Personnel Day. Our office will be closed during this time, 11.00am – 11.30am, so our office staff can join us.
Walk Safely to School Day
This year Deloraine Primary School will be participating in the National Walk Safely to School Day which will be held this Friday 17 May. The benefits of this event are many and include experiencing the health benefits of walking, developing road crossing skills and reducing the pollution from cars around the school.
Mr Samphier and a number of staff will start a pick up walk from the commemorative area opposite Sunrise Trailers commencing at 8.15am. They will collect students as the group walks down Emu Bay Road to the Train Park. The official meeting place for other students wishing to join the walk is the Train Park. Mr Samphier, Mrs Wing and Mrs Kettle will be at the Train Park in Deloraine at 8.25am and the second part of the walk will commence shortly after.
Parents are invited to walk with their children. Students from outside the Deloraine township are welcome to attend, however, buses will not be able to drop students at the Train Park.