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STEAM Movie Night

posted 18 Oct 2017, 21:15 by Highvale Administration

During Terms 2 and 3 Highvale students in Year 1 - 6 have been working on creating short films using iMotion and iMovie. The films have been completed, edited and assessed! They are now ready to share with the Highvale community. With great pleasure, the students of Highvale and our STEAM teachers would like to invite you to our Short Film Movie Premier Night next Thursday October 26th.

Movies and clips created by students across the school will be aired from 6pm in the Multi-Purpose Centre. Prep students film characters will be introduced at the beginning of the evening, followed by the Year 1/2  iMovie’s. A short interval will then follow to allow those parents not viewing the year 3-6 students iMovie’s to depart.

Nude Food (rubbish free) and refreshments can be consumed during the evening.

 N.B. ALL students are required to be supervised by a parent for the duration of the evening.

 We look forward to seeing you Thursday night!

 Highvale P.S STEAM Team.

Robotics Club - Highvale P.S. Weather Station

posted 14 Sep 2017, 17:58 by Highvale Administration

Have you ever wondered about the weather at Highvale PS? Have you ever wondered how much rainfall there actually has been this winter?

 We are the Robotics Club and so far we have set up an awesome weather machine for Highvale PS!

 We have pondered about a weather instrument as a Robotics Club and we are also very lucky that we have a parent volunteer, Lance and Mr Gill who has shown us the different parts of the weather instrument and how it works. Each Tuesday lunch time we get together and investigate areas that relate to coding with EV3 Mindstorm robots, Snap and now our brand new weather station!

 We have set up a computer near the STEAM room which is called “The Highvale Weather Hub”. The computer receives all the data from the instrument that we have set up on top of the MPC. It collects rainfall, the humidity, outside & inside temperature, wind, barometer, anemometer and much more!

 If you would like to track our weather station data you can do so at:

https://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=IMELBOUR199#history

or visit wunderground.com and search for station IMELBOURN199

Term 2 'Buddies Day'

posted 28 Jun 2017, 22:51 by Highvale Administration

As we do in the last week of every school term, we celebrated ‘Buddies Day’ today. Students were placed in multi-age groups from Foundation – Year 6 and rotated around to a variety of different activities facilitated by staff. This term’s ‘Buddies Day’s activities had an emphasis on providing students with cooperative learning activities, that also had a link to our key concept of ‘Sustainability’ and/or a focus on our school value of ‘Responsibility’.

The Education Support staff facilitated an excellent session on “The key to being a good friend’. Below you will see a photo of the display they created, it’ on a wall just outside the staffroom. I encourage you to take the time to have a look your with your child/ren.

Some of the ideas that the students had about being a good friend included;

“being helpful’, “lifts you up when you fail”, “doesn’t talk behind your back or leave out”, “understands other peoples feelings”, “helps you if you are hurt”, “accepts others ideas”.

 I wish all families a safe and relaxing holiday.

 Regards,

Anthony King | Assistant Principal | Highvale Primary School


 

 

 

 

Science, Technology & Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM)

posted 14 Jun 2017, 21:46 by Highvale Administration

The teaching of STEAM is very important, as our society is constantly changing and, as a school, we aspire to make an authentic contribution to the preparation of our students for occupations that may not have even been created yet. Our society expects our future generations of workers to possess knowledge and skills across all of these learning areas but also to have the capability to be creative problem solvers and innovative and critical thinkers who can also work cooperatively with others.   By teaching these skills and capabilities we are providing rich learning opportunities to begin the preparation of our students for their future career paths.

The following article, published in the Herald-Sun recently, provides some insight into the importance of future-skilling our students.

 Most students will work in tech-focused jobs, Good Careers Guide finds

A MAJORITY of students who started school last year will graduate to jobs that don’t currently exist, new research has revealed.

The Good Careers Guide has found 70 per cent of the students will work in tech-focused “jobs of the future” after 13 years of school.

It also found Australia’s five highest-growing jobs were traditionally people powered, but are quickly adopting robotics. The jobs include early childhood and special education teachers, speech professionals, social workers, audiologists and occupational therapists. Good Education Group’s Ross White said the growing jobs were closely linked to a growing population.

“At a glance, you wouldn’t associated these jobs with technology, particularly robotics, but that’s exactly what we’re seeing,” he said. “Robotics aren’t so much replacing jobs but enhancing jobs.”

Camberwell High School sent teams of students to compete in the Robot Tournament at National Manufacturing Week last week.

“We can’t future-proof,” teacher Matt Plummer said. “But we need to teach them critical and creative thinking, to research and problem solve.” 

Education Week – Healthy Mind, Healthy Body.

posted 24 May 2017, 23:49 by Highvale Administration

This year, the purpose of Education Week is for schools to showcase the work they are doing for students to help ensure ‘healthy minds and bodies’. So I thought I would take the opportunity to share some of our current programs and activities that are currently happening at our school (see below). If you would like further information about any of these programs/activities, please do not hesitate to contact me at school.


Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

Restorative Practices, Cooperative Kids,

Transition Programs, Values Education, Positive Psychology

Year 5 and 6 ‘Young Leaders’ Program,

Year 6 Elected Student Leadership Program, Learning Success Ladders, Student Representative Council (SRC)                             

Sanctuary, GREEN Team

Student Recognition and Encouragement Awards

Aussie of the Month, Sporting Schools, Young Engineers

Buddies Day, Foundation-Year 6 Buddy Program

Robotics Program, Dance Oz, Chess Club, Debating

Lunchtime Clubs – Fitness, Table Tennis & Lego

Leadership and Multicultural Program (LAMP)

Specialists Programs; Phys Ed, STEAM, Performing Arts, Languages

 

To celebrate, we are running a competition for all our students who have signed up, or who sign up to the by the end of week 8 to the ‘home use’ of the ‘just get active program’. To go in to the draw to win a ‘family pass’ to the movies students need to create a home access account. To do so, read the Home Access Tutorial attached with this weeks newsletter. Then go to https://app.justgetactive.com/start/home-access/ and sign up.

Winners will be announced in the last week of term.

 

2017 School ‘Open Night’ - Monday March 27th, 6.00pm—7.30pm

posted 26 Mar 2017, 18:05 by Highvale Administration

2017 School ‘Open Night’

Monday March 27th, 6.00pm—7.30pm

· Prep - Year 6 classrooms open

· Innovative technology activities

· Talk to staff and the Principal, Steve Richardson

· View specialist areas and programs

· Instrumental band and choir performances

 

School Readiness - FREE Parent Session - Monday 20th, 7.30pm - All Welcome

posted 16 Mar 2017, 19:39 by Highvale Administration

FREE Parent Information Evening

Supporting Your Child’s Transition to Primary School

 

Dear families and friends,

 

It’s with great excitement that we invite all our local families and friends to this ‘School Readiness’ parent information evening on Monday 20th March , 7.30pm-8.30pm in the schools Multi-Purpose Centre.

 

The session will be facilitated by Associate Professor Kay Margetts.  Kay lectures in early childhood and primary teacher education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and is the author of several papers focussed on student transition.  Kay’s research interests include children’s transition and adjustment to schooling, child development and early childhood practice and curriculum. 

 

As this is a ‘parent only’ information evening and we would like as many parent to attend as possible we will be providing some ‘child care’ for parents who are attending. The children will be supervised by Highvale P.S staff in our Library Resource Centre.

To register for this ‘School Readiness’ evening please give our school office a call on 9887 8000. Please ensure you let Bec or Elissa know if you have any children who will require care during the evening.

 

Twilight Sports - 8th March, 5.00pm – 7.05pm

posted 27 Feb 2017, 15:51 by Highvale Administration   [ updated 6 Mar 2017, 17:13 ]

Highvale P.S. Annual ‘Twilight Sports’

Wednesday evening, 8th March, 5.00pm – 7.05pm

ALL students and families are invited to attend.



Twilight Sports

We are  looking forward to seeing as many families as possible tomorrow night (Wednesday 8th March) at our annual ‘Twilight Sports’. The evening will begin at  5.00pm with the PFA serving a variety of delicious food and drinks.

At 5.10pm all students will be required on the oval so they can be placed into their appropriate age groups for the events. Students will then be involved in activities until approximately 6.55pm.

 

Highvale P.S. SunSmart Policy

Due to the forecast temperature of approx. 30 degrees on Wednesday afternoon, and in line with our school SunSmart Poilcy;

  1. All students will be required to wear their school hats during the activities. “NO HAT NO PLAY”

  2. Parents are requested to apply SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen 20 minutes prior to the event.

  3. Sunscreen will be available for students to re-apply during the event

  4. Students will be encouraged regularly throughout the event to consume water, so please ensure all students bring their own drink bottle.

  5. In the event that students are exposed to extreme weather (hot/cold) for long periods of time, the activity time may be reduced.

Mother's Day 

This year the PFA are running the ‘crazy camel art’ fundraiser for ‘Mother’s Day’ (see attached). Please send your art work back to school or upload your photo/s before 20th March.  You can send in payment or use Qkr! to pay for your orders. Don't miss out, there will be no stall this year.

Welcome Back BBQ

posted 7 Feb 2017, 19:19 by Highvale Administration   [ updated 7 Feb 2017, 19:19 ]

We would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone in our school community for 2017.  To welcome everyone back, especially our new families, everyone is invited to our ‘Welcome BBQ’ which has been organised by our superb Parents and Friends Association.  This will follow straight after the Prep – Year 2 Information Sessions on Monday 13th February.  The BBQ will be an informal event and will be held adjacent to the Prep – 2 play ground.

This is a great opportunity to meet all of our teachers and get to know other families in our school.  We would love to see you there to share a sausage or two and a chat as we begin the new school year together. 

Parent Information Dates

  • Prep – Year 2 Monday 13th February 3.45-4.45pm

  • Year 3 – 4     Tuesday 14th February 3.45-4.45pm

  • Year 5 - 6      Wednesday 15th February 3.45-4.45pm


Preparing for 2017 - What is Student Transition?

posted 11 Sep 2016, 18:54 by Highvale Administration   [ updated 13 Nov 2016, 15:41 ]

Student transition involves the programs, processes and opportunities used to support students entering, moving through and exiting our school.  Our transition program supports students transitioning:

 

  • Into school – ‘Kinder – Prep’ and new student enrolments from P-6

  • Through school - As each student progresses through each Year level and

  • Exiting the school - Year 6 to Year 7

     

    Why is a transition program important?

Each student’s life experience is different.  As shown in last week’s newsletter, our students come from many different cultural and language backgrounds as well as a variety of family structures.  Each child will have developed a range of skills and abilities that form the basis of their positive school experiences and ability to adapt to new situations.

Throughout each child’s school journey the various stages of transition create periods of change for the child and their family. These periods can be both challenging and exciting.  The aim of our transition program is to support each student to make every transition as smooth as possible. It is important to understand that the preparation for each stage of transition starts well before students take their next step and is supported through a combination of special and whole school programs.

 

How does Highvale P.S support students through the transition phases?

Student transition is most successful when:

  • Each student’s sense of belonging at school is strong

  • Processes are in place to build familiarity and reduce anxiety  and

  • Students are supported to build their capacity to adapt positively to change. 

     

    To develop these characteristics each student is supported to:

  • Develop a strong sense of wellbeing including resilience, confidence and self- esteem and

    Do their personal best and experience personal success. This can be through academic achievement, the development of effective social skills and a sense of accomplishment through the Arts, Languages and Sport and Physical Education.   

     

    The key components of our comprehensive transition program are ongoing and delivered through our curriculum, whole school teaching practices, special programs, parent information evenings and meetings.  The list provided below is not exhaustive but   

    provides further insight into our multi-dimensional transition program which includes:

  • Evidence based whole school teaching and wellbeing practices which provide familiarity for students as they progress through each year level

  • Whole school Concept Curriculum - Identity, Community, Strength and Wellbeing concepts

  • Whole school Level Science days and Year level Gallery Walks

  • Student goal setting and reflection on achievements

  • Specialised programs

    • August to December Kinder – Prep Transition sessions

    • December Kinder – Prep Orientation morning

    • Whole School Cross Age (P-6) ‘Better Buddies’ program

    • December Year 1-6 Whole School Orientation Morning

    • Year 6-7 Transition

    • December Year 6-7 Orientation Morning

    • Transition Excursions

  • Parent Involvement - Information Nights, Meet and Greet & Parent / Teacher Interviews and meetings

  • School Wide Positive Behaviour Support program

  • Student leadership programs – Y1-6 SRC Program,  Y5& 6 Young Leaders Program, Y5 LAMP, Y6 Leaders.


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