Willmot Walkabout

Week 8, Term 2

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The Week In View...

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Enviromentors Program

‘Lunches Unwrapped’

Wednesday 29 July 2015

Term 3 Week 3


Students from 1/2CS, 2/3L, 3/4T and 3/4D will be participating in a free 1 hour, Blacktown City Council workshop held in the school library titled ‘Lunches Unwrapped’. Students will be introduced to the idea of a waste-free lunch and explore the benefits for both the environment and their health.


Classroom teachers will take their class to the library to participate in the program and hopefully help implement ideas for wrap free recesses and lunches back in the classroom. Follow up lesson resources will be provided.


The instructor is Emma Sinclair who is a qualified teacher. Please be mindful of students that will require assistance to co-operate and participate.


Any questions please see Sue Harris.

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Willmot Whisper Articles due from....

Willmot Whisper articles are due on Mondays of even weeks. Please place them in the correct folder on common drive that Jill has set up - see filepath below. Please see the newsletter contribution roster for 2015 attached to this post.

  • RFF - could Karen Dacey put something together please
  • EAfS - could Chris Fraser coordinate a report please
  • Learning and Support - could Danielle put together a report please


Please put your article on common drive / Teacher / Teachers / 2015 / Admin / Willmot Whisper Term 2 / Week 8

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New from the DEC - Personalised Learning and Signposting Tool (PLASST)

The PLASST is a web-based questionnaire completed by the teacher(s) of the students. See more info at the link below (including a vide explaining it)

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KidsMatter

KidsMatter is an Australian mental health and well-being initiative set in primary schools and early childhood education and care services (like preschools, kindergartens and day care centres).It’s a framework that helps these places take care of children's mental health needs by:

  • creating positive school and early childhood communities
  • teaching children skills for good social and emotional development
  • working together with families
  • recognising and getting help for children with mental health problems


Ashley and Danielle have attended KidsMatter training during Term 1 and have developed a teaching program to support its implementation. Stage 2 are trialling it over the coming weeks and we will present the package to all staff on staff development day next term. The link below provides some ideas on helping students to learn positive friendship skills.

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Big Books are back!!!

Yes i know it's daggy but you can't imagine my excitement to see Big Books back and being used in our classrooms!!!

Hard to explain - but the moments below remind be a bit of a Monty Python skit i.e. A Bring Out Your Dead moment...

and the sheer joy of seeing 20 or so Meanies doing their various things on the K-2 display in our foyer is something to behold and treasure!

Yay Willmot!

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Illustrations of Practice - AITSL

I really love these Illustrations of Practice. This particular example is about maths problem solving in the real world. The teacher also uses a great differentiation approach of assigning group members to roles...


About this Illustration of Practice

The class teacher commences this Year 5/6 extension Mathematics class revising previous mathematical methods and strategies for problem solving. The teacher sees herself as a facilitator to support students’ independent learning. To encourage contributions from all students, she allocates specific roles to each group member. The groups go on a virtual journey around the world to solve real-world maths problems. The teacher concludes the class with reflection to reinforce what the students have achieved.

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Language Mapping Project

Ashley and Rebecca have been working with UWS Research partners this year to complete action research on students' everyday language practices. The students have been developing language maps and the teachers are busy learning how to analyse and use the information provided in the maps. It is an extremely interesting process to work through that will hopefully inform us about our students' connections to people and language.
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Look what I 'discovered'! Not quite Discovery Avenue but close...

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A bit like my husband and I at Vivid this weekend... :-)

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