Welcome to the 2017 school year and Stage 2. It is sure to be a fantastic year of learning and developing a passion for learning.
Collaborative, team-building in Year 3
TNPS has established an outstanding 21st century learning program that reaches K-6. We have been visited in recent times, by other schools and professionals to view the good work we are doing each day. Over the past few years our school has been fortunate to work with some of the best educators from around the world. Alan November spoke about why students need to be ‘transformed from passive receptors of information to active drivers of their educational goals’. Ron Berger spoke about students becoming the 'leaders of their own learning'. Kevin Honeycutt and Dean Shareski both talked about students learning to love to learn. These ideas are the basis upon which learning in Stage 2 in 2017 will be built.
The Department of Education is changing over time as well. The curriculum documents are written to enable students to learn through inquiry. This involves students wondering about ideas, asking 'good' questions and persisting to seek answers. The work is led by students and always involves students creating a product that demonstrates their learning. A quick visit to the Department of Education's Future's Learning website will show you that flexible, collaborative learning spaces and technology can support future-focused teaching styles and deeply engage students in developing critical 21st century skills. These practices are visible throughout TNPS and are definitely a feature of Stage 2.
Student learning will be assessed throughout the year in formal and informal ways. In this respect, assessment is an ongoing practice used to inform teaching as well as inform students of their progress. Semesterly reports will be issued in June and December 2017 that provide an overview of your child's achievement in all Key Learning Areas. Student-Led Conferences will take place at the end of Term 1 and Term 3.
Student-Led Conferences require and empower students to take the lead role in communicating their learning. This practice helps to build disposition and skills that will be vital in their future. Sharing work and reflecting on learning with one's family builds strong connections between school and home, enabling families to better understand learning progress more deeply. When students are asked to play a leadership role in selecting and presenting work to share, it assists and challenges students to take greater pride in the quality of their work.
NAPLAN will take place in Term 2 for all Year 3 students (May 9th - 11th). Further information about the assessment can be located at the NAPLAN website. During weekly English and Mathematics lessons, students will experience NAPLAN style questions in order to become more familiar with the assessment and the style of questions. TNPS is very proud of our results in NAPLAN. These results demonstrate that the 21st century programs in place, the extensive professional learning undertaken by teachers and the focus on student-led assessment strategies is having a positive effect on learning.
Student-led assessment strategies are a big feature of learning in Stage 2. Students become empowered when they know what kind of learner they are, their needs and their strengths. Setting goals and working towards them is essential. Teachers work closely with students to understand their needs and support learning on a more individualised level.
A K-6 approach to writing
'7 Steps to Writing Success' has become the foundation of all writing programs across K-6 at TNPS. Think of the 7 steps as the building blocks to great writing. Isolating writing skills into individual steps ensures students don’t get ‘bogged down’ with writing the whole piece. They gain confidence in each building block, and then they pull it all together to become creative and engaging writers.
A K-6 Approach to Social and Emotional Well-being
You Can Do It! Education is the basis of TNPS' social and emotional well-being program. It is also linked to our student awards strategy and supports good behaviour. Our 'Unacceptable Behaviours' systems has been recently refreshed for 2017. Students have participated in 'unpacking' these behaviours and forming a guideline for good classroom practices. You can see these displayed in the Stage 2 classrooms.
The TNPS community is very proud of the pride shown in our school. Students are expected to be organised by arriving to class on time, bringing the necessary equipment to class, wearing the correct uniform and planning to complete work on time. Homework is due each week on Thursday and will be handed out for the following week on Friday. This will mostly include a variety of tasks covering reading, writing, spelling and mathematics with an occasional topic-specific activity. Care Monkey and School Stream are our preferred methods of communication regarding health care information and school information.
Year 3 and Year 4 Weekly Timetable
TNPS will be hosting an event on Monday 27th March at 6.30pm. All TNPS parents are invited to attend for free. The event will be held at Ku-Ring-Gai High School in the Margaret Preston Hall. Tea and coffee will be provided.
In order to register for this event please use this link.
Feel free to contact us through the school office on 9144 4107 should you require a meeting or email directly at: