Awapuni School … where children love to learn and learn to love. Senior Syndicate 2012
Tonight's Agenda <ul><li>Welcome & introductions </li></ul><ul><li>Please sign guest book </li></ul><ul><li>Syndicate info...
Our partnership with you   <ul><li>Awapuni School views our partnership as a  </li></ul><ul><li>three-way triangle  </li><...
The Team Heather Black Room 1 Cheryl Torrie Room 2 Syndicate Leader Sherryl Gomm Room 2 Aubrey Gibson Room 3 Kate Richards...
Our Philosophy   In the Senior Syndicate we want our students to… Take up the challenge of learning ! Turanga Mua         ...
What we teach... Essential   Learning   Areas English Maths Science Health & PE  Social   Sciences The Arts New Zealand Cu...
What we teach... and are passionate about... <ul><li>building a learning environment in our classrooms that  fosters emoti...
Habits of Mind Also called “Intelligent Behaviours” By Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick
Habits of Mind The Habits of Mind Costa & Kallick
<ul><li>school-wide “Safe Schools” programme  </li></ul><ul><li>t he tracking procedure is followed by teachers </li></ul>...
When faced with inappropriate behaviour the students are taught the strategy of using their WITS…. The emphasis in this st...
Syndicate  Organisation <ul><ul><li>4 classes each with Year 4, 5 or 6 students,  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Syndicate com...
Syndicate  Organisation <ul><ul><li>Your children will have the following in their programme… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>d...
Numeracy <ul><li>We teach Mathematics & Statistics  </li></ul><ul><li>Problem solving is a big component </li></ul><ul><li...
Literacy <ul><li>We teach reading strategies that aim at developing reading comprehension into the high levels of inferenc...
Literacy <ul><li>PIRLS study –  </li></ul><ul><li>In a recent International study, it was found that the  “Y5 students who...
Literacy <ul><li>Awapuni School has identified many factors in writing that need emphasising from annual whole school revi...
Assessment <ul><li>Assessment is aimed at improving learning and teaching… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>criteria based assessment...
<ul><li>Lets not have a battleground! </li></ul><ul><li>  Homelearning has three sections </li></ul><ul><li>Reading </li><...
More info... <ul><li>Personal Learning Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Parent help </li></ul><ul><li>Head lice </li></ul><ul><li>N...
Student  Learning Everything we do is aimed at raising student achievement and making Awapuni School a place where childre...
Thank you for coming Please ask any questions you have of us… Your child’s teacher will now be in their classroom – please...
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  • Welcome everyone Aubrey…karakia
  • 2 parts to tonite’s meeting Info then goal sharing
  • We view you and your child as the critical sides of the triangle. Triangle being a strong shape that supports all sides… We are at school early each day for informal contact or after school as well, but if you require our undivided attention, it is best to ring and make a time with us so we can work around duties etc. We will send newsletters home when necessary as well.
  • Team…together everyone achieves more. Welcome to new syndicate members…familiar to Awapuni families because of work in school up till now Support staff to support learning in each class
  • Short and sweet and to the point…
  • The “have to’s”
  • The “want to’s”… Growing independence of your children…LOL one day they question you… we pay the price later! Safe schools basis of making our core values real How do we make them responsible for own learning…assessing own performance against themselves…not against others…that’s for us as professionals and the benchmarks we have eg. reading at age level Thinking into higher levels of thinking…habits of mind…OHT…Blooms taxonomy OHT…shift from transmission by teacher to inquiry by learners…not what you know but where do you get it…future literacies – text messaging???? …big change from our time at school…futurist thinking…OHT’s from Dryden book…CHANGE is one thing that will not change All learners…me degree…Kaye post grad Masters…
  • We want to uphold our school charter goal in teaching thinking. HOTS – 3 level guides, inquiry learning, thinkers keys, graphic organisers, Now… Habits of Mind – or Intelligent behaviours. Show OHT about learners and change
  • Habits of Mind star Book = continuous learning… then clockwise Persisting, managing impulsivity (self control), listening, thinking flexibly, thinking about thinking, striving for accuracy, questioning / problem posing, applying past knowledge, communicating with clarity (e.g. not allowed to use “awesome” in writing), gathering data (using 5 senses), create/imagine/innovate, respond with wonderment, taking responsible risks, finding humour, thinking interdependently (cooperative learning fits in well here)
  • Setting up of class at beginning of year…negotiation….assertive discipline…based on what to do rather than what not to do…change in language over the years from my experience… Emotional safety main goal of school..happy kids can learn…unhappy kids won’t…teachers talk about control theory…quality world of children…5 requirements (survival, fun, love, belonging, power, freedom, ..will get them positively or negatively – ) …Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
  • What can I do…assertiveness…empowering…self advocacy…social justice Conflict resolution big part in this…time to do it in DP time
  • Vertically composed classes…not up or down perception as is in some schools…mix “em up…prepares them for later schooling Team approach to all activities PE important and is reflected in daily activities. new requirements for an hour of physical activity per day..PD later this year
  • Library - you need to go and register children at Town Library…reading books of own choice for leisure and pleasure is so important www.awapuni.schoolzone.net.nz/mydesktop Logon/pwd – secure, filtered internet access + email We will be using this at school and students can access websites we send them to at home…personal webpage as well
  • Daily maths in groups with students of similar need...rotation occurs Grids daily…you can support your child by assisting them to learn tables at home…if this is the one of 3 things you do, it will benefit your child immensely
  • TORCH…OHT to show thermometer…inferential comprehension…phenomena of students being able to decode but not understand
  • PIRLS = Chn MUST choose own books to read Library at school Town Library – get cards
  • Writing focus whole school Jeanie Cameo writing – success last year PD for teachers Big mismatch between reading ability and writing ability…should be closer… Spelling..!!! No longer lists and lists of words…20 ph numbers …can you remember ph nos if have no connection or meaning to you? Heather
  • PFA main assessment that you will see…take time to talk to children about it…SLC skills should come to the fore here…yours and the child’s…been doing it for a few years now…. Testing…snapshots of where children are nationally…pre/post testing for diagnostic purposes
  • EEEK!!! The big scarey thing will be no more…no more battlegrounds with these senior students If these 3 things are done well that is all you need to do to support your child…play games with them instead of the nagging…simple game with a pack of cards SHOW…results will be seen in their school work…spelling tests on Fridays…leads to improved accuracy in writing…tables so they can concentrate on the strategy using…life long readers No punitive measures now in place for homework Buy books…example…internet savvy…tutorials on internet..talk to them…”THE BEST THING WE CAN SPEND ON CHILDREN IS TIME” – thank you Mr. Warehouse!!! Homework centre option…
  • Other stuff.. Invitation to come and meet us on a more personal basis…look at your child’s personal learning plan with their goals for their learning year…informal…10 minutes…come to classroom between given hours…before school…after school one evening…came from the goals set at SLC and the very short time given to work on it…this is more long range and will be revisited during the year…feedback from you and the teacher as well as self assessment Trying to coordinate mother/daughter evening…from Health and PE community consultation Reading for mileage…give name to teachers Open season on head lice…t-tree oil as insecticide…squirter bottle Swimming-we are addressing the identified national need to teach children how to swim. The school has contracted a swim coach for all levels of the school. Many of the Senior Syndicate students have come to school without their togs. We require a note from you if they are not allowed to swim. School website – updated
  • Says it all… Update with Te Unga Mai pictures
  • Questions????
  • 2012 syndicate info for parents

    1. 1. Awapuni School … where children love to learn and learn to love. Senior Syndicate 2012
    2. 2. Tonight's Agenda <ul><li>Welcome & introductions </li></ul><ul><li>Please sign guest book </li></ul><ul><li>Syndicate information </li></ul><ul><li>Visit your child’s classroom and talk informally to their teacher </li></ul>
    3. 3. Our partnership with you   <ul><li>Awapuni School views our partnership as a </li></ul><ul><li>three-way triangle </li></ul><ul><li>Open communication is vital </li></ul><ul><li>communicate by email …see your child’s teacher </li></ul>Excellence Integrity Creativity Respect for ourselves and others.
    4. 4. The Team Heather Black Room 1 Cheryl Torrie Room 2 Syndicate Leader Sherryl Gomm Room 2 Aubrey Gibson Room 3 Kate Richardson Room 4
    5. 5. Our Philosophy   In the Senior Syndicate we want our students to… Take up the challenge of learning ! Turanga Mua          Turanga Tika Those who accept the challenge will advance! Good, better, best Never let it rest Until the good is better And the better is best
    6. 6. What we teach... Essential Learning Areas English Maths Science Health & PE Social Sciences The Arts New Zealand Curriculum Technology Key Competencies
    7. 7. What we teach... and are passionate about... <ul><li>building a learning environment in our classrooms that fosters emotional safety </li></ul><ul><li>“ Safe Schools” </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperative learning & small group skills </li></ul><ul><li>Student independence and self-control </li></ul><ul><li>Students responsibility for their own learning </li></ul><ul><li>Intrinsic motivation for rewards </li></ul><ul><li>Thinking about thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone is a learner - students and teachers </li></ul>
    8. 8. Habits of Mind Also called “Intelligent Behaviours” By Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick
    9. 9. Habits of Mind The Habits of Mind Costa & Kallick
    10. 10. <ul><li>school-wide “Safe Schools” programme </li></ul><ul><li>t he tracking procedure is followed by teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers take a leading role in dealing with incidents, conflict resolution and parent contact </li></ul><ul><li>negotiated class rules </li></ul><ul><li>rewards and consequences that align to our safe schools programme </li></ul><ul><li>class “treaty” is displayed in the class with all signing to it as a pledge for the year </li></ul>Behaviour management
    11. 11. When faced with inappropriate behaviour the students are taught the strategy of using their WITS…. The emphasis in this strategy is to say an “I” statement first and assert that they do not like the behaviour being presented to them. W = walk away I = ignore it T = tell someone S = say an “I” statement. Behaviour management
    12. 12. Syndicate Organisation <ul><ul><li>4 classes each with Year 4, 5 or 6 students, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Syndicate combines for many activities... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Singing and assembly once a week with the Year 6 students taking a leading role </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Daily exercise 5 days a week + Games on Thursdays </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kapa Haka on Fridays – searching for new tutor/s </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Syndicate Organisation <ul><ul><li>Your children will have the following in their programme… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>d aily lessons in numeracy and literacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a ccess to information technologies with their own email address </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrated curriculum that is rich and connect to the real world with an inquiry base where appropriate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>l ibrary access at school once a week for targeted teaching of information/library skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>m onthly visits to the HB Williams Memorial Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>involvement in community activities wherever possible </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Numeracy <ul><li>We teach Mathematics & Statistics </li></ul><ul><li>Problem solving is a big component </li></ul><ul><li>Mental strategies are developed </li></ul><ul><li>Maths is timetabled every day </li></ul><ul><li>Students at this level need to know their basic facts </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers involved in professional learning </li></ul>
    15. 15. Literacy <ul><li>We teach reading strategies that aim at developing reading comprehension into the high levels of inference </li></ul><ul><li>Many of our Senior Syndicate students are readers and are now reading to learn </li></ul><ul><li>We have a small number of students that will need support as they are still learning to read </li></ul><ul><li>No matter what their reading level, students need to be reading texts of their own choice every night to become lifelong readers who use texts for leisure and pleasure and to gain information </li></ul>
    16. 16. Literacy <ul><li>PIRLS study – </li></ul><ul><li>In a recent International study, it was found that the “Y5 students who read for fun and read stories everyday generally achieved higher literacy scores”. It also stated that “students who regularly borrowed library books to read for fun tended to achieve higher scores” </li></ul><ul><li>We hope that you will ensure that your child has reading time at home and are able to read material of their own choice </li></ul><ul><li>Public Library every month and choose from this rich resource </li></ul>
    17. 17. Literacy <ul><li>Awapuni School has identified many factors in writing that need emphasising from annual whole school reviews of writing </li></ul><ul><li>Writing is timetabled daily. </li></ul><ul><li>Spelling is an important part of writing </li></ul><ul><li>students are in a formal spelling programme </li></ul><ul><li>Spelling is targeted in homelearning </li></ul>
    18. 18. Assessment <ul><li>Assessment is aimed at improving learning and teaching… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>criteria based assessments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>assessments are mostly recorded in student’s Portfolio For Assessment (PFA) as teacher/self/peer assessments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PFA will come home in last week in Term 1-we are aligning our assessments with the National Standards. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PFA are used to drive Student-Led Conferences (SLC) in Term 4 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SLC should inform you of progress and achievements over the year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meetings are held for whole school closer to SLC to give the whole picture </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. <ul><li>Lets not have a battleground! </li></ul><ul><li>  Homelearning has three sections </li></ul><ul><li>Reading </li></ul><ul><li>Spelling </li></ul><ul><li>Maths </li></ul><ul><li>  Most of this homelearning can be done independently. </li></ul><ul><li>You may wish to check that it has been completed or join in to make games out of the spelling and maths grid. </li></ul>Homelearning The best thing you can spend on your children is TIME!
    20. 20. More info... <ul><li>Personal Learning Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Parent help </li></ul><ul><li>Head lice </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletters </li></ul><ul><li>Swimming </li></ul><ul><li>School website </li></ul>
    21. 21. Student Learning Everything we do is aimed at raising student achievement and making Awapuni School a place where children love to learn and learn to love
    22. 22. Thank you for coming Please ask any questions you have of us… Your child’s teacher will now be in their classroom – please visit them and say hello

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