Welcome back to school everyone! By now I am sure you are all back into routine and wondering where those holidays went. They sure did fly by so quickly.
A special welcome to all of the new families to Coburg North this year. This of course includes all of our Foundation families. It was lovely to see and meet with some of you at our Tea and Tears in the gym. I think the we had more parents crying than students!
I’m sure you will all enjoy your time at Coburg North Primary School and we all look forward to working closely with you. This is a wonderful school with a brilliant school community.
This year we would also like to welcome our new staff. We have Ben Smith in year 5/6B, Tamara Gray in 5/6C, Surbhi Raj Kumari in 1C, Nicholas Baker in FD and Geordie Corbet in FC.
2019 CNPS Goals
2019 sparks another year of great professional development and growth. The school and our community will be heavily involved in rolling out the goals as set in our School Strategic Plan and those in the school developed AIMs document.
Learners for the 21st Century
This year we will be looking at establishing a 21st century curriculum framework that will aim to improve student engagement across the school through developing appropriate pedagogy that matches the learners of today. We will be moving towards the premise that we are all learners and that we are all teachers. We will be moving beyond the traditional hierarchy of the school and classroom to create environments where all stakeholders are working together to meet academic objectives while solving authentic challenges.
We will be involving students, teachers and parents in the process for developing a 1-1 BYO iPad program that will empower our students by giving them the ability to use technology purposefully for researching, analyzing, organizing, collaborating, networking, communicating, publishing and reflecting. More information about introducing our 1-1 BYO iPad program will be coming in early Term 2.
Building Teacher Capacity
This year teachers will be adopting the department’s state wide initiative of developing Professional Learning Communities (PLC) across the school. PLCs in an approach for schools to improve student outcomes at the school level by allowing groups of teachers to work collaboratively together.
In 2019, all teachers have been given a designated 2 hour block within their teaching schedule to work collaborately with their team (learning community). In the first hour, teachers will be looking at their student data and collectively researching best practice to meet the needs of all of their students. The second hour is provided for teams to continue to work together to plan for the week ahead.
For more information on the PLC initiative, click on the button below.
School Wide Positive Behaviors
Listed in our School Strategic plan is to investigate and implement a school wide framework in regards to mental health, well-being and respectful relationships. Many schools across Victoria are implementing the School Wide Positive Behavior (SWPB) framework that promotes wellbeing and improves the social and emotional outcomes of young people.
SWPBS is developed from evidence and data, demonstrating the most effective ways to prevent and respond to problem behaviour at school. Research has shown that SWPBS is successful in reducing problem behaviour, improving school culture, and increasing academic performance.
We will be creating a SWPB Community of Practice (CoP) group to investigate this initiative and develop a plan of action for implementation. The group will involve all stakeholders (teachers, students and parents). The group will also be reviewing the school’s values and conducting whole school feedback in regards to the developing a CNPS SWPB matrix.
For more information on our goals for 2019, feel free to download our 2019 AIP document after school council approval (Thursday Feb 13).
Soft Start - Classrooms Open at 8:50am
Last year CNPS allowed students to provide their teachers with feedback in regards to their teaching and how they felt within their classroom. The survey (PIVOT) allowed teachers and the whole school to identify areas that we could work on in order to maximize teaching experience as well as giving students a voice in their learning. One of the common themes that arose from the data was the need to work on transitioning from lesson to lesson and not ‘wasting time’. This has brought about the introduction of ‘Soft Start’. All classrooms will be now open from 8:50am every morning. The ten minutes before school starts will allow students to ‘get ready for learning’ by putting their bags away, getting all their books ready for the day, going to the toilet and eating fruit before the lesson starts. This will allow the students and teachers to start on time and conduct a full two hour program within minimal distruptions. At the end of the term, we will be asking both teachers and students for feedback on this transition. Please be aware that school still starts at 9am.