THE LONG GOODBYE25 November
Wednesday morning saw our soon-to-be graduating Class of 2016 taking over of the Senior School campus in scenes of lively water-fights, jubilant singing, reminiscing over the year that was and finally, leaving the School grounds via a ‘guard of honour’. In what must have been a long night, Year 12 students decorated various parts of the School with everything from balloons and streamers right through to a banner hung from the top floor of the Administration Building displaying the message: ‘90th Anne-iversary’.Read more
YEAR 6 MINI-FETE25 November
The Junior School was a flurry of activity during lunch time on 14 November as the annual Year 6 Mini-Fete got underway. Students had been busily preparing for this event since the start of term – designing their stalls, conducting cost and revenue analyses, perfecting spread-sheeting skills and of course, making the items to go on sale.Read more
A DRAMATIC START TO CHRISTMAS25 November
Watching a magic bauble, busy elves, jolly Santas, disgruntled reindeer and Christmas songs in abundance was how Year 3 classes from the Junior School spent Wednesday afternoon. The students had been invited to watch the Year 10 Drama students’ performance of their self-devised Christmas plays.Read more
GABRIEL GIVING - ENHANCED INNOVATION SPACES25 November
Thank you to everyone who has already generously contributed to Gabriel Giving. Through the generosity of the Malkjovic family gift (made earlier this year) the School was able to purchase a 3D scanner/computer enabling Junior School students and teachers to reinvent the way we teach and learn.Read more
BE AWARE – PARKING AROUND OUR SCHOOL25 November
The Parking Operations team from Access Canberra contacted me this week requesting that I remind the School community about parking around the School – specifically, on Melbourne Avenue. Melbourne Avenue is officially a median strip and is therefore zoned as a NO STOPPING area under the Australian Road Rules. The primary reason for this zoning is in relation to safety.Read more
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Schools for All
APFACTS recently attended a meeting held by the Education Directorate on Schools for All. Whilst the focus was on the progress of Schools for All from the perspective of the ACT Education Directorate, there are some areas that apply to students across the sectors. It will of course take some time for schools to address the 50 recommendations that have come from the Schools for All report.
The good news here is how proactive the independent sector has been on this issue. The AISACT (Association of Independent Schools of ACT) have made a significant contribution to the development of the report.
From the AISACT Schools for All Report –Quarterly Report- June 2016 “A precise indication of this commitment is evidenced in the agenda of both AISACT Board and Executive Committee meetings. Further, the Executive Committee has established a Schools for All Subcommittee to provide it with advice on strategies, opportunities and approaches in direct reference to the Schools for All Report, and the responses to the recommendations from the Association. The establishment of this Subcommittee was noted and endorsed by the full Board of AISACT.”
One of the discussions at the Schools for All presentation was about conversations tips with your school if your child needs additional assistance. We have listed some phrases here:
- ‘I found that it helped my child when the school ……’ Be explicit about what those helpful things are. For example: that my child was able to meet the teacher before starting in their class which alleviated my child’s anxiety about a new teacher, that the email outlining some changes in class support personnel in advance of the changes was very helpful as I was able to help my child prepare for those adjustments.
- ‘What I would find supportive is to establish a method of communication’ Discuss what is reasonable & acceptable to you both. It may be an occasional email, a phone call or a communication book.
- ‘I'd be interested to know…..’ Once again be explicit. It may be that you would like to know some details about your child’s individual learning program ILP, or what the schools is focusing on for your child’s learning outcomes.
If you would like to attend one of the open meetings on Schools for All in the future please contact the office and we will be in touch ahead of the next meeting.
From 20 December 2016, Transport for NSW will begin phasing out the Private Vehicle Conveyance (PVC) subsidy and introducing the new School Drive Subsidy.
If you are affected by this change, more information is available on the Transport for NSW website.