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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.

Road Safety Matters

An article in the weekend newspapers identified the prevalence of motorists either speeding or parking illegally in school zones. Sadly, the incidence of these behaviours appears to be on the rise.

The Importance of Parental Involvement

There is overwhelming evidence about the benefits of parents becoming involved in their child's education. Children tend to have higher levels of achievement at school and stay in school longer, when parents take an active interest in their child's education.

That's pretty powerful. By becoming more involved in school (and this can take shape in a myriad of ways) parents are setting children up for greater levels of success, both at school and in the years beyond. Knowing that, why wouldn't everyone want to be as involved as they possibly could be?

Happy New Year!

The school has been closed over the holiday period but the staff has been in and out of the place, busily preparing for the 2015 school year. We're excited that for the first time in a very long time, Mt Ousley will have in excess of 200 students enrolled. Our numbers are growing and that opens up further opportunities for everyone. As always we have new staff members joining us too. Staff and class information will be advised through the newsletter as soon as school resumes.

Super Rugby Trophy

 A group of students interested in rugby were treated to a special visit by Tahman and the Super Rugby trophy. The trophy weighs 18.5kg and the challenge was to lift it, as if we had just won the final for NSW. Not an easy task! Thank you to Sean Barrett from the ARU for coordinating the visit and inspiring some of our students to continue their passion for rugby.

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