Sep 21

Newsletter Vol. 15

Term Three has been a very busy and enjoyable one with our Faction and Interschool Athletics Carnivals; the Interschool Cross Country Carnival; the RSPCA Cup Cake Day; Book Fair; the Year 6 camp to Woodman Point and an extensive range of motivating and challenging learning experiences that have our students engaged in their learning.  All of these great activities don’t just happen and I would like to thank all the staff, teaching and non-teaching, for the dedicated, enthusiastic and professional manner in which they have worked as a team to make each event so successful.

I wish all staff, students, parents and families a safe and happy holiday.

-Peter-

Peter Blackford
Principal

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Sep 07

Newsletter Vol. 14

Language Program 2018

Thank you to all those families who completed the online LOTE survey to provide the school with an indication as to the language the community would prefer being introduced from 2018.

The results of the survey indicated AUSLAN followed by French, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian.

The School Board, after considering the results of the survey along with difficulties of accessing competent language teachers and the level of support that the department was providing for each language, has endorsed Indonesian as the language to be introduced. Comprehensive curriculum support packages have been developed by the department that will enable classroom teachers to deliver language lessons in their own rooms. Classroom teachers will have access to ongoing professional development and support from specialist language teachers whilst building their own expertise with the Indonesian language.  This approach will allow for a more holistic school wide approach to the language learning.

-Peter-

Peter Blackford
Principal

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Aug 24

Newsletter Vol. 13

I would like to congratulate all the members of our Interschool Cross Country Team on another magnificent effort last Thursday, in which Poseidon Primary finished third overall.  This result reflects the time and effort the students and staff have put into training for this event as part of the school’s daily fitness program which commenced at the beginning of Term Two

Why is cooperative learning a Poseidon Primary priority?

On a daily basis teachers and students from K-6 use cooperative learning strategies.  This feature of our school has been developed because research indicates  that when cooperative learning is implemented effectively, the following student outcomes can be achieved : increased engagement in learning; higher self-esteem; higher achievement; increased retention; greater collaborative skills; greater intrinsic motivation; better attitudes to school and greater use of higher level reasoning. WOW!  You can see why we are focusing on cooperative approaches to learning. This term class teachers have been selecting strategies relevant to their students’ needs.  There has been a school wide focus on the strategies of ‘Inside Outside Circle’.  Also in the early years they have been focusing on Quiz, Quiz, Trade whilst the rest of the school has focused on. other strategies such as Numbered Heads, Think, Pair Share, and Placemat which are being used regularly throughout the school.

-Peter-

Peter Blackford
Principal

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Aug 10

Newsletter Vol. 12

It’s hard to believe that it is already Week Four of this busy and exciting term.  After a smooth start to the term, where in class the students quickly engaged with their learning during daily fitness and physical education, students began preparing for the planned athletics carnival.  The school’s annual spelling competition was held this week and the Interschool Cross Country is scheduled for Week Five.  This is to be followed by the school’s Faction Athletics Carnival and Interschool Athletics Carnival which we are hosting for the second year.

Languages Other Than English Survey

From 2018 all schools in Australia will be expected to provide their students with the opportunity to learn a language other than English.  This program will commence with Year 3 students in 2018 and be extended by one year group each year until it reaches Year 10 in 2025.

An online survey has been created to give all families the opportunity to indicate which language they would prefer to be introduced to Poseidon Primary in 2018.  I encourage all families to make the time to complete this very short survey.

-Peter-

Peter Blackford
Principal

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Jul 27

Newsletter Vol. 11

Welcome back to Term3 and what is shaping up to being another busy and exciting term for the students and staff of our great school.  Some of the events that have been scheduled for this term include: the Poseidon Spelling Competitions, Book Week, Cup Cake Day, Interschool Cross Country, Faction and Interschool Athletics carnivals and the school photograph day.

This year, the school has also organised for two incursions to support student learning.  One is part of National Science Week and the second is part of the school’s NAIDOC Week celebrations.  Dates for these events are on the term planner that is included with this newsletter.

-Peter-

Peter Blackford
Principal

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