Principal's blog

How Schools Are Now Funded

Schools like ours that took part in the Empowering Local Schools National Partnership (a total of 229 schools across NSW) are now funded entirely by the NSW State Government using the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). Eventually, all NSW public schools will be funded in the same way.

The Great Ideas Just Keep Coming

Children from each class represent their peers at Student Representative Council (SRC) meetings. Meetings are held with teachers to allow kids from Kindergarten to Year 6 to share ideas that may be of benefit to the school. At our most recent meeting, we were inundated with ideas, many of which will be implemented.

Year 6 had a swag of ideas to fundraise for end of year functions and a Year 6 gift to the school. Keep an eye out for discos and movie nights, coming soon.

Someone else wanted playground markings and drawings to be repainted and we'll see that occurring soon.

Academic Growth

Schools exist for students. They are places of learning, where students grow academically, socially and emotionally. Recently, a Sydney Morning Herald article published the top 50 performing schools in NSW, in terms of academic growth as measured by 2014 NAPLAN results. Schools were compared with what the MySchool website calls statistically similar schools.

Learning the Basics is Fun!

Want to see something special? Have a look! In this video, Willow cleverly demonstrates her understanding of the 3x tables. She does it in a really creative way that brings learning the basics to life. The beauty of technology lies in it being not only used for research, but importantly, as a way for children to express themselves in the most amazing and unique ways.

Redefining Learning

On so many occasions today as I wandered up and down hallways, I was reminded of the power of technology in education.

Students were scattered along one corridor, each viewing the same current affairs show on their laptops. Rather than watching the show as a whole class group on one big screen, individual students were pausing, playing and rewinding the show to gain the deepest understanding they could. Children had the power to progress at their own pace and ask questions when they needed to. This was individualised, differentiated learning in full swing.

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