Mindfulness Stones

Is it too early in the year to declare my favourite school project for 2017? Because this is it. Kerry Lomas tells us more –

We live in a fast paced world and there is an enormous need for children to develop the skills they require to cope with these changes and the speed at which they are happening. This includes learning how to manage attention and developing skills in stress management, compassion and resilience. This was a strong focus in Kick Start Kew this year. Continue reading

Our treasured library and our valuable librarian

library-6Many things come to mind when I think about my primary school librarian – she was the first port of call when we had a project to do; she was recommender of new books that I might like (hello Judy Blume); she was maker of amazing displays (I never knew I wanted to learn so much about the solar system until I saw her arrangement of books, foam balls hanging from the ceiling to represent the planets and a paper black hole); she was auditor of the MS Read-a-thon; she was driver of the microfiche; and she was also keeper of Where Did I Come From? (a book that only the grade six students were allowed free access to!). Continue reading

The year in review

year-in-review-1Hi Kew,

Here is a condensed version of my review and evaluation for our school this year. The full version includes a more detailed outline of our goals that were a part of our Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) and a statement of performance for each of these areas. This is available on our school website and hard copies can also be collected from our school office.

INTRODUCTION

As I reflect on the year, I am very proud of what our whole school community has achieved. This year it has been frequently commented on by students, parents and staff that we have a renewed sense of optimism and positivity around the future direction of our school. I am also very excited about the future for Kew Primary. Over the course of this year we have been able to make some key decisions and implement some new processes that will enable and drive our future direction.

2014 has also been a very big year for our staff. We have embraced a very extensive professional learning program and implemented many changes to the way our staff functions. I thank all staff for their commitment and support and acknowledge their hard work and professionalism this year. Continue reading

A recipe for success in 2015!

This week Mr Penson tells us about getting the perfect mix in the classroom.

P1060096Ever wondered what steps it takes to build a successful school classroom and specialist structure each year? Well it is actually a bit like using a well trusted family recipe that has been handed down the generations and then adding a few special ingredients to give it your own unique flavour!

Here is what the recipe looks like: Continue reading

Your teacher’s favourite teacher

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Ask an adult if they remember their favourite teacher and the answer is invariably “Yes”. My grade two teacher, Mr McLeish, left a lasting impression. At age seven, I was already a keen reader, but Mr McLeish made books come alive, particularly because he did different voices for different characters. Mr McLeish happened to have a very strong Scottish accent so although I couldn’t quite differentiate all of the character voices, I instinctively appreciated the fabulousness of what he was doing. He also created a ‘Book Nook’ in the classroom, complete with cushions and bean bags – so exotic in my world where classrooms were all about desks and chairs!

This got me thinking – who were our teachers’ favourite teachers and why? And who wrote that sensational, earnest letter in the picture above?! Here’s what they had to say – Continue reading

Our frontline faces

This week’s post comes from Kath Phelan

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I seem to spend a lot of time at the front office at school: handing in forms, asking really basic questions or rushing in to pick up my boys when I occasionally run late (darn flat bike tyres!). But I do feel like it has taken me almost four years to really get an idea of how the front office works and I would like to introduce all of you to our wonderful team. Continue reading