Friday, 05 May 2017 00:00

Issue 6 Head of Primary

  • Canberra Encounter Experience                                                                                     BACK
  • Pirates! The Musical
  • Kindergarten Speech Pathology Workshop
  • NAPLAN: Tuesday 9 to Thursday 11 May
  • Welcome to New Students

Canberra Encounter Experience
We are all excited about our tour to Canberra! We leave on Sunday 14 May and our Year 6 students are looking forward to staying (and eating at the wonderful café) at the Australian Institute of Sport. On Monday 15 May we will visit the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House and then go to Parliament House. Tuesday will involve visits to the National Film and Sound Archive, the National Capital Exhibition and then the Australian War Memorial. Primary Head Girl, Olivia and Head Boy, Fletcher will lay a wreath at 5:00pm at the closing ceremony on behalf of the John Wollaston school community. On Wednesday we will visit the National Gallery of Australia, the CSIRO and then the Telstra Tower for a great view of Canberra. On our last morning we will visit Government House, the Royal Australian Mint and then a favourite to end the tour, Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre. We arrive home later on Thursday night, ready for a good night’s sleep and a day at home on Friday 19 May. We are looking forward to a great trip, with plenty of news to share with the whole school community after our return.

Pirates! The Musical

Over the school holidays the Primary Performing Arts group were busy rehearsing for this year’s musical theatre production. Over 60 students from Years 3 to 6 are involved and I am most pleased to see more boys taking part this year. Mrs Jenny Coles displays great enthusiasm and energy and I certainly admire her zest! There are plenty of great songs in this production and I look forward to the performances both at the Perth Convention Centre and here at John Wollaston. More information will follow about tickets for each performance. I can promise you a brilliant show with some beautiful singing for your entertainment.

Kindergarten Speech Pathology Workshop
On Tuesday 23 May our Kindergarten families are invited to a seminar conducted by a Speech Pathologist from the Dyslexia-Speld Foundation. This is the culmination of Speech Pathology screening for all Kindergarten students. The seminar will cover areas such as, early literacy foundations; typical language development; and developing oral language at home. Parents will receive resources and handouts at this event. We know that the number of words our children are exposed to in the early years and the frequency of two way conversations with adults, have a great impact on future literacy development. We want to provide the best possible opportunity for our students to develop alphabetic and phonological awareness and, most importantly, make sure that all students are making progress. This Screening Project is designed to give us valuable information to assist your child to learn. Please always remember that reading to your child each day is a vital part of learning and adds to the warmth of your relationship with your children.

Speech Pathology letter to Kingergarten parents

The annual NAPLAN (National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy) for Years 3 and 5 will take place next week. While we understand NAPLAN is just one assessment at one point in time (a ‘snapshot' of learning) and we are careful not to create too much anxiety around this process, it is nevertheless important data. I encourage you to stress the importance to your child of doing his/her best, carefully reading the questions and completing as much of each test as possible. Please speak to your class teacher with any further queries.

NAPLAN Information for Parents

Welcome to New Students
In my recent interviews I have noticed that many families are coming to John Wollaston based on recommendations from friends and family. This is most pleasing and testimony to the quality of our students and staff. We have a strong, caring school community. Thank you all for contributing to our success. As always, please arrange to meet with me through Primary Secretary, Mrs Brown should you have any concerns. I would also like you to meet with me to share any positive news; there is nothing better as a teacher, to receive praise and encouragement.

Take care
Wayne Revitt
Head of Primary

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