“Hats Off” to our Amazing Teachers
On Friday 27th October we recognised the work of our amazing team of teachers as we celebrated World Teachers Day. This day gives us a chance to reflect on and highlight all the things our teachers do for your children. This year we celebrated by putting on a morning tea, beautifully put together by our Harvest to Table educator Kelly Woodman, followed by an assembly where our future student leaders in Year 5 gave thanks to each of the teaching teams throughout the school. Our teachers greatly appreciated hearing the positive words spoken by the kids – it was very uplifting.
Throughout my primary school years I fondly recall the teachers who made a positive impact on my childhood. My Prep teacher was Miss Caulfield and she taught me that it was OK to be apart from my twin brother at school so I can make new friends. In grade 2, Mrs Clarke created a pretend airport in the classroom so we could learn about the different forms of transport (I had to check peoples tickets as they got on the plane!) Mrs Drinkwater helped me with my handwriting and taught me to love books such as “George’s Marvellous Medicine” by Roald Dahl. Up to that point, I didn’t really like reading much. Coincidentally, I still catch up with Mrs Drinkwater at Principal meetings because she is the Principal of Regency Park PS. Then, in grade 5, Mr Bartolotta taught me about how to use a computer, which was a very primitive Apple Macintosh 128K.
All of these teachers hold a special place in my memory, and I’m sure the teachers at Boronia Heights PS will be fondly remembered by your children in years to come. I am very proud of the teaching team we have at this school, so “Hats Off” to them for their hard work and dedication.
In the previous school newsletter I wrote about how I was looking forward to the Market Night. At the time of writing that message, I had full confidence the evening would be a huge success, but at the conclusion of the night I was absolutely blown away by the community’s support of our school.
The success of this night can be attributed to the tireless work of “The Hubsters”, our group of parent volunteers who were expertly led by Leia Barrett. The Market Night raised $9200 for the school – an outstanding result that is nearly $2000 more than last year. This money will help us build a new bike shed for the kids. On behalf of the school, I want to thank everyone involved in making Market Night a huge success.
Curriculum Days in 2024
This coming Monday the 6th November is a planned Curriculum Day for our teachers, and is therefore a student-free day. Our teachers will be busily working on finalising end-of-year assessments and writing Semester 2 student reports.
In 2024, School Council have approved the plan for our four curriculum days and one student-free day for teacher Professional Practice Day as follows:
- Monday 29th January 2024 – State-wide Curriculum Day (all teachers return)
- Friday 9th February 2024 – Curriculum Day (Berry Street Education Model training day #1)
- Friday 26th April 2024 – Curriculum Day (Berry Street Education Model training day #2)
- Wednesday 11th September 2024– Professional Practice Day for Teachers (Student-free day)
- Monday 4th November 2024 – Curriculum Day (Assessment & Reporting)
The Curriculum Days that focus on Berry Street Education Model, which underpins our whole school approach to student wellbeing, have been planned for the beginning of the year to enable us to embed reinforce our practices straight away. The Professional Practice Day has been organised for term 3 to allow teachers time to plan and prepare leading into term 4. The Curriculum Day on 4th November coincides with the Melbourne Cup, giving families an extra-long weekend.
Have a great week,