Titirangi Primary School News
Monday, July 28, 2014
From The Principal's Desk
As a staff, this term we are focusing on analysing our mid-term achievement data to review progress and achievement for our learners.
At this stage, we are able to compare our own mid-year data against the national and regional picture (along with 3 years-worth of our own National Standards data) to evaluate progress and consider areas that we aim to improve upon further. This is a process of active inquiry involving the whole teaching team working together to consider strengths, identify areas for improvement and next steps, both for the school overall and for the individual students involved.
What is emerging from both the national picture and our own analysis is that such improvements are challenging, incremental and require a long-term commitment to accelerating student achievement. We are fortunate in that we enjoy solid results across the board overall, but in order to build upon this it is essential that - as a learning community and as educators - we continue to reflect on our practice and look for ways to accelerate progress for students in need of further support.
Accordingly, in addition to our ongoing professional development and our inquiry as a staff into individual student's progress and achievement, this year we have also introduced a number of new initiatives to supplement our highly-effective learning support programmes. These involve teachers with specific subject expertise delivering interventions such as 'Reading Recovery' (an early intervention involving individual teacher support to help struggling young readers 'catch up'), 'Accelerated Learning in Mathematics' (ALiM), targeting a group of students in Year 3, and 'Accelerated Learning in Literacy' (ALL), also focusing on a group of Year 3 children.
While there are no quick-fixes when it comes to the complex challenge of maintaining and improving student achievement, I believe that the path to the best possible outcomes for all of our learners is clear. At the heart of this is an ongoing cycle of inquiry into the specific and changing needs of each learner, based on meaningful dialogue and partnership between teachers. parents and students.
Ka kite anō au i a koutou
- Look out for our term 3 'Fridge List' and Syndicate Newsletters on their way home soon!
- Monday 28 July: Year 1, Rooms 9, 10 & 22 at Lynrey Gymnastics.
- Tuesday 29 July: Year 2 & 3 at Lynrey Gymnastics.
- BOT Meeting in the Staffroom at 7.00pm.
- Wednesday 30 July: Neighbourhood Network meeting in the Staffroom at 7.00pm.
- Friday 01 August: Year 4 and Rooms 8 and 12 at Lynrey Gymnastics.
- Sushi Lunch
FUN AT THE GYM!
Just a quick reminder to parents and caregivers to ensure that the office is advised of any absences even if you have advised teaching staff.
Also, if you haven't done so already, please return your pool key as soon as possible.
Thanks from the Admin Team.
WALKING SCHOOL BUS NEWS
We offer FREE craft activities and afternoon tea. The activities are suitable for children 5-11years. All children are welcome but parents are required to stay to help them.
The next 'Mostly Craft' is to be held on Saturday 2nd August 2014 1 - 3p.m.
at St Francis Church, corner of Park and Titirangi Beach Roads, Titirangi.
Activities this time include: Sock puppets, jewellery making and more.........
Come along and join in the fun.