A Message From The Principal:
Dear Parents, Staff and Students
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I take this opportunity to wish all staff and students a restful break. I thank the staff for their continuing support of the students. I know it can be hard for families at holiday time especially working parents but if you get a chance try and enjoy the time you have with your children, remember you can’t get this time back.
Friday In-service – Differentiated Assessment
On Friday of last week staff travelled to the University of NSW to listen to speakers on the importance of differentiating assessment for all our students but especially for our more able students. As you know we have started a refocus on our gifted and more able students and over the next year we will begin the task of better identification of these students as well as better catering for their needs.
What’s Happening at St Therese’s
The following is taken from Media Centre for Educational Research (MCERA) and focuses on:- Why we still focus on handwriting?
“In an era when so much of our communication is done via computer or other screens, it may seem strange that so much focus is still placed on handwriting. In your day-to-day life, you may very seldom need to handwrite anything; and so you wonder: if the world has moved so far from handwriting, why does it matter if my child is practising theirs? Associate Professor Noella Mackenzie of Charles Sturt University has been researching this very thing, and has found that there are a lot of reasons why handwriting remains important. “If our handwriting is automatic and fast, we can concentrate on other elements of writing, such as composing the message, Assoc Prof Mackenzie said. “But handwriting and keyboarding skills both require complex sensory, motor, perceptual and cognitive skills, and we are not giving students the instruction or the time to develop and practise these skills so they become efficient and automatic practitioners. If we expect a child to produce a piece of writing, we need to teach them how, so they can choose the best tools for the task and use them efficiently so they don’t interfere with the task itself. Handwriting skills remain essential for students at all levels of schooling, and support the development of reading, spelling, vocabulary and other cognitive abilities, as well as fine motor skills.” For further information, see Mackenzie, N.M., & Spokes, R. (2017). Handwriting and keyboard skills, in N.M. Mackenzie & J.A. Scull (eds), Understanding and supporting young writers, Routledge, UK: Oxfordshire.
Here at St Therese’s, for the past three years we have been focusing on the above. Our Occupational Therapist (OT) Karen Ray with the help of OT’s from the University of Newcastle has developed a program “Write Start’ which focuses on developing automaticity of handwriting in other words children write letters and words without thinking about how to do it. By developing this skill children’s working memory is freed up so that they are able to concentrate on the task of writing rather than focusing on how to write letters. The Write Start Program begins in Kinder and continues through until the end of year 2 and into year 3 if needed. There has been significant growth in writing as a consequence of this fabulous program.
Manly Selective Band Visit
We are welcoming the Manly Selective Campus Band on Monday 30th April for a one hour performance for students and any parents and carers are welcome to join us – please be seated by 11.50am in the Main Hall.
DATES FOR THE DIARY
30 FIRST DAY TERM 2
Manly Band Performance 12- 1pm
1 ANZAC Assembly 2.30pm
P & F Meeting 7pm
2 Dio Touch Trials
4 Polding Winter Trials -
7 Mothers Day Stall
8 Dio Cross Country
ICAS Digital Technology Test
14 Mothers Day Breakfast 7.30am
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