Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Meet 2016 Teacher

When the reports are sent home in week 9, the children and parents then find out who their teacher is for 2016. This helps to alleviate any anxious students at the beginning of the year, and discussions can be had over the holidays in families ensuring a positive start.  On the last day of school at 10:15 the students meet their new teachers.

Monday, December 14, 2015

EOY ' Teaching as Inquiry' National Standards

As all of the student's OTJs have been entered each team has gone through the process of discussing their results in Reading Writing and Mathematics.  They have identified those students who have made accelerated progress as well as those who are achieving below standard.  Also discussing the vast majority of students who have achieved at 'At or Above'.  They have highlighted the successes of the teachers as well as the students, throughout the year.  The needs of the student's that are to be addressed for next year are also broken down and shared with the Team Leader for 2016.  This will allow for quick identification for target students for 2016.
I have then used e Tap to download and print our EOY data and created a school wide overview to then begin the analysis of our progress.  I really enjoy looking at the big picture and discussing trends and possible reasons for our outcomes.  This has been shared at team level with teachers and discussed during our Leadership meeting.  The Senior Leadership Team will be formulating targets before the end of 2015.  I will then share the EOY data analysis with the BOT along with Paul in Mathematics at our first BOT meeting in February.

TODays 2016

Whilst the year is coming to an end as the Senior Leadership team we have a clear vision for a positive beginning for 2016.  As we have a number of new teachers joining us it is timely to go over the CBS Curriculum Delivery Plan,  also reiterate to staff expectations and where they can refer to for more information.  With the AFL Lead Teachers we will be presenting a workshop on Building Learning Focussed Relationships integrated with Ready Steady Go and setting up a positive learning environment.  I will be walking the teachers through the changes to the 'Teaching as Inquiry' appraisal document and how this impacts on their teaching and learning for 2016.  Lastly I will be beginning the discussion on Goal Cards with our aim this year to utilise these better and refine these so they are in child speak.  2016 TOD doc

End of Year

We are in the last few days of school!  This year has been a whirlwind with again, so many new learning opportunities.  I have gone from being the new kid on the block to feeling like an old hat.  I certainly know more about CBS having been the AP and DP for 2 terms of 2015.  Since our DP arrived in term 3 I have been able to focus on my specific responsibilities, and hope to really delve into Literacy and Transition to school in 2016.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Curriculum Evening

This term the Curriculum Team Leaders presented to the PTA and the Board of Trustees, what takes place in each of the curriculum areas.  The focus was on what are our successes and what are our next steps.  We were given around 5 minutes for our presentations. I had been a member of the audience last year as I was new to CBS.  I remember being wowed by all of the amazing opportunities the students can be a part of.  This year I felt differently. Five minutes is a very short time frame and most of the leaders went well over this, which lead to the presentations being around 2 hours.  I left feeling dissatisfied not about the content but with they way it was conveyed.  I felt we could do things better /differently in show casing how wonderful CBS is.  I also felt that presenting in term 3 may be too late to speak with parents, and sharing with them sooner would have many benefits.
However I feel I may have a glass half empty perspective at present, and my expectations of coming across as 'Wow' compared to last year now that I know all that goes on needs to be taken into perspective.  All that said and done, here is my presentation for Literacy.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Key Competencies

At the end of term 2 , after our Mid Term Reports went home, we felt it was timely to revisit our report and in particular the Key Competencies.  Teachers report against these competencies across the curriculum.  We wanted to continue to refine how we work through this process to compile our students OTJs, ensuring that our teachers have a shared understanding of each of these components.
We then refined this list so it was concise and easy to interpret 
During our Leadership meeting we established we wanted to change the Key as many of the parents and children counted how many E-excells they received, which is not the purpose of our key.  We also felt the key didn't define the potential in growing the Key Competencies and the effort that was placed into these.  Hence our new Key - Consistently, Usually, Developing, Improvement required.

Middle of Term 3 already!

I can't believe how fast this term is unfolding.  We are in week 5 and already beginning to discuss 2016 which is fast approaching.
This term it has been wonderful to welcome Paul Crowhurst to the team! and he is a pleasure to work with.
So far we have completed our ICAS tests for 2015, held our school speeches and our school cross country is on Thursday! Yes it is all go.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Becoming a Leader

Today Chris from Spark came to CBS to talk to the year 5 children about how they are giving back to the community, by being a great leading company.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Pupil Progress Presentations

During week 10 term 2 we held our students PPPs.  This is the first time I have been a part of this process, as a parent and orgainsing proceedings.  The organisation and previous proceedings with PPPs is very well embedded at CB school.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Term 3 Time tables

I have completed the term 3 timetables this term with a better working knowledge of how the school runs.  Rochelle Stansfield has been a huge help in having another perspective when laying out all of the timetables and ensuring there are no clashes and everyone has a fair bite of the cherry.  There are many aspects to consider, and ensuring that all bases are covered, eg Team Leader release, PRT release, and CRT as music is only available 3 days a week. We have taken a different model this term, instead of certain teams having a whole day of release the teacher will be covering the classrooms for 45 minutes and then they change for P.E.  I am leaving the Duty Timetable as is, as the Team Leaders have commented that they like things staying the same to save confusion.  I am reminded of the saying, "You can please some of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time"

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Assessment Overview

Using the Monitoring and Assessment termly overview to keep on track of assessment deadlines and whole school reporting, has helped me to prepare particular assessments and manage these school wide.  It is difficult using the existing assessment overview to see what takes place across the year at a glance.  I wanted to create an overview which shows junior and senior assessments, teacher/student monitoring, reporting to parents,  professional development and school events.  With this in mind a created a draft which I shared with the leadership team to gather their thoughts, and then sent to the staff for their feedback.  I have begun to hyperlink relevant documents to enable teachers easy access.
It will be a working draft document,
Assessment and Monitoring Timeline

e-asTTle Seminar

Taking it to the next level
Developing my understanding of using asTTle myself  and Rochelle Stansfield went to the seminar about taking asTTle to the next level.  We looked at how to better set the tests to meet the differentiated needs of our students.  Analysing the data that asTTle provides the teachers once their students have sat the tests was another area we delved into.  I believe this is an area where our teachers would benefit from understanding how to identify the next steps for our students and using the ARBs to target their needs.  As leadership I found it very helpful to unpack the Learning Group Pathways.

Generations Morning

The sun came out for a wonderful day of sharing with parents, grandparents and other family members.  Each classroom was filled to the brim with a buzz of talking and sharing of stories and artefacts that were special to each family. Experiencing this for the first time as a parent and as a member of staff was something amazing.  I was able to walk around the classrooms and see first hand the magic of Generations Morning.  My own father and Aunty came as guests of my daughter.  As I captured my dad playing the piano accordion to my daughter it took me back to when dad used to play this for me...... a really special moment:) 
The whole morning was very successful and very well organised, thanks to the teachers and children.. oh and all of the wonderful family members

Friday, May 22, 2015

National Young Leaders Day

Our School Leaders attended the National Young Leaders Day conference.  It was an amazing day with inspirational speakers.  Speakers such as William Pike who lost his leg in a volcanic eruption whilst on Mount Ruapehu, Darryl Sabine, who suffered a major head injury from rugby and Jamie McDell a rising New Zealand singer were just some of the wonderful people who shared their life journeys.  They imparted their words of wisdom and talked about their highs and lows in each of their personal journeys.  All of the speakers shared a common theme, 'Make the most of the opportunities you are given' 'If you believe in yourself anything is possible' 'All passion no limits'
National Young Leaders Day 2015

Darryl Sabine with Leila and Shaimaa Alsabak

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Nice View

Physical Education
My office looks straight out onto the Dome.  I can see what the children are learning each day in P.E. Roger Whatman is our P.E specialist, and he has the children working like a well oiled machine. Today I happened to see the children partaking in parachute games and they were having a great time.  If only these types of fun activities were around when I was at school!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

This morning the class counsellors met with Sally Fletcher who works for 'ShelterBox'  We listened to Sally who shared what a ShelterBox is and how it positively impacts on peoples lives.
ShelterBox is an organisation who offers emergency aid to families who are displaced by disasters. 
It was decided from this meeting that Cockle Bay School would like to help those families in Nepal who have been effected by the devastating earthquakes .  By purchasing a ShelterBox we can directly provide shelter and life saving supplies to a family in need.  The contents of a ShelterBox was on display for the counsellors to see. The students also watched a brief video (see below) so they had a deeper understanding of what it might be like to be effected by disaster and how beneficial ShelterBox can be.
We will be holding a mufti day on Wednesday 27 of May to raise money towards this worthy cause. 
A donation of $2 or more from each child will help us to raise the $1500 needed to purchase a ShelterBox. To find out more click on the link below.

Anxiety in Children
On Thursday 7 of May Cockle Bay School held a Parent Information Evening to discuss anxiety in children.  Fi Jamieson-Folland shared with us 5 key secrets to helping our children deal with situations that may cause them to feel anxious.  As a parent I found this very helpful.  The 5 key secrets were areas that most parents would be familiar with, however it was great to revisit these so they are at the forefront of our minds.  

Attendance by parents was fantastic and there was well over 60 parents who took part.  Fi also highlighted that if parents had particular concerns in any of the 5 areas that they may like to seek more help in supporting their children.  See below for the presentation 

Kakapo Google Open Morning
On Friday 1 May, the Kakapo team held an open morning for parents and grandparents to visit their child's classroom to see how they use their Chrome Books and Google Apps for Education (GAFE). Everyone had a great time learning and sharing.  The turn our from parents was fantastic.  The children and parents were engaged as the students shared with their parents the ins and outs of using the Chrome Books and the different ways they can now access and convey their learning.
I am interested to learn the impact of these devices in engaging and motivating the children's learning.

ANZAC Celebrations
Cockle Bay students and teachers commemorated the soldiers who gave their lives in the war.  The children were involved in a variety of learning experiences that highlighted the meaning of ANZAC day and the importance it plays in our history.

CBS News ANZAC Day report

As part of our celebrations we held an ANZAC Commemoration Assembly.
Click on the link below to view our assembly