EPS Staff Memo

Week Beginning Monday 22 February

Finland's Revolutionary Education System

The Findland Education System

Quote of the Week

"Having the freedom to fail is important to innovation. But even more important to the process are the traits of resiliency and grit."
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Hello everyone,

I would like to acknowledge the work of Amy and Carolyn in preparing the video, handouts and booklets for our parent information sessions next week. The presentation of all three is very professional and send positive messages about our school. Thank you to teachers for preparing the handouts and sharing your teaching and learning directions for this term. I am anticipating informative sessions and positive feedback from families.

A big thank you to teachers for preparing students for assembly last week. The quiet and orderly way in which students walked in really set the scene for a settled assembly. Tony's class did an exceptional job of leading the assembly and keeping everyone focussed - well done. A reminder to discourage students from going to the toilet during assemblies. Teachers of younger classes will know those students who can't wait but generally students will have to wait.

This week a group of teachers will attend the first session of the PLI Spelling professional learning. This will support the work that has been started on the teaching of spelling. Thank you to all teachers for embracing this change of approach. Some of the work that I have seen being done in classes already has been of a very high quality.

Thank you to staff who have shown interest in attending PLI professional learning opportunities. If you would like to attend any of the sessions please talk with Helen and we will endeavour to support you.

I have appreciated the way in which staff have responded to our call for greater vigilance during end of day bus duty. It is vital that we get children safely to buses and remember our duty of care does not end until be have them safely on the correct bus. Thank you also to staff members who have offered suggestions as to how we can improve this process. We will investigate some options and get back to you.

Have a great week and enjoy a well-earned rest on Wednesday (unless you are off the cup!).



Briefing 8.25 am

LIL - B4 School Playgroup 9-05 am to 10-30 am

Sallyann Geale - Lv - Claire Watson

Jill Wivell - CL - Lauren Shepherd


Sallyann Geale - Lv - Claire Watson

Carolyn Cunningham - PL - NR

Alison Brooks - PL - NR

Chris Alcock - PL - Karen Dawber

Jill Wivell - PL - Lauren Shepherd

SM - Parent Welcome BBQ and Information Sessions

Session 1 - 4.30 pm to 5.00 pm

Session 2 - 5.30 to 6.00 pm

BBQ - 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm


Launceston Cup - No School


Bec Simpson - PIPs - Evie Allen

SM - Individual Planning Time


Bec Simpson - PIPs - Evie Allen

Dates to Remember

  1. P&F Welcome BBQ and Parent Information Sessions Tuesday 23 February 2016 until 7-00 pm
  2. Sheena Cameron and Louise Dempsey - Developing an Effective Writing Program

Twilight Session from 4 pm to 7 pm in Launceston on Wednesday 16 March 2016

@ Ravenswood Heights Primary School.

Parent Teacher Information Session

You can find the video for the parent teacher session on:

O drive>staff share>local>Parent Teacher Information Sessions> Video File is then there.

We will give you 20 copies of the brochure per grade group for Tuesday. Please ask parents to record their names or you to make a list of who comes on Tuesday so that copies of your class pamphlet and the brochure can be sent to the families that don't make it in.

Eating Times

Please ensure students are staying seated during eating time and equipment is left at the classroom door for collection as they move to playtime.

Primary Progress Report

Staff will notice they have the PPR 2016 Reporting Timeline and Guidelines in their pigeon holes. Reports are the be completed along the same lines as 2015. New staff can talk with their Grade Team Leader to ensure they understand the guidelines and timeline constraints. Comments are due to GTL by Monday 7 March 2016.

Bus Duty - Duty Of Care

Morning Duty

Please remind students the climbing equipment is out of bounds before school for safety reasons, as we do not have staff who are able to stay and ensure their safety. If children are playing on equipment please sit them on the seats until the bell rings.


Launceston Cup-Small FOCUS this week

Please ensure you have emailed your page to Bec in the office by Tuesday afternoon, this is a change of time to that on the roster.

Esk Band

29 February - 2nd year students commence

7 March - new students commence

Flu Vaccinations

Flu Vaccinations will be carried out again this year. Please let Sheryl know if you are interested in being vaccinated here at school.

Student Behaviour

Just a remind of the process for supporting student behaviour. If you have exhausted all strategies and require senior staff support with a student, you are to contact the office and the office staff will locate a member of the leadership team to support you. The same goes for the playground. Should you be unable to sort an issue please send a student to the office for a senior staff member and the office will send whoever is available.

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Brain Jump with Ned the Neuron: Challenges Grow Your Brain
Sesame Street: Janelle Monae - Power of Yet

Growth Mindset

Please find attached the youtube clip on neuroplasticity that I shared at our assembly on Wednesday. I have also attached a clip of a song called the Power of Yet. Please check it out and let me know what you think.

Improving Regional low SES Students’ Learning and Well-Being - Research Project

Project Title: Improving Regional low SES Students’ Learning and Well-Being

Ethics Approval Numbers


DoE Tasmania: 2015-55

La Trobe Uni: E15/133

UTas: :H0015448

Deakin Uni:

Principal Researchers:

Professor Vaughan Prain

Faculty of Education,

La Trobe University, Bendigo

P.O. Box 199, Bendigo VIC 3552

Ph: (03) 5444 7314

Professor Bruce Waldrip

Faculty of Education,

University of Tasmania

Locked Bag 1307

Launceston, Tasmania 7250

Ph: (03) 6324 3429

Professor Russell Tytler

Faculty of Education,

Deakin University

75 Pigdons Road,

Waurn Ponds Victoria 3216

Ph: (03) 5227 2376


In our research we will address the following research questions:

  1. What are the individual and combined effects of the proposed strategies on low SES students’ academic efficacy, performance, and wellbeing across multiple settings?

  2. What are the effects of these strategies on teachers’ and students’ practices and beliefs about effective learning and wellbeing?

  3. What do teachers and students perceive as enablers and challenges in these strategies?

  4. What are the theoretical and practical implications of this study for a systemic coordinated approach across service providers to address effective schooling for similarly disadvantaged students?

  5. What are the implications for policy and systemic approaches to like schools with these student cohorts?