Dear Hilton Families,
Term 4 has begun with creativity and excitement at our wonderful school. We are currently participating on daily Swimming Lessons at Fremantle Pool. We promote swimming lessons as a very important part of our Health and Physical Education curriculum. The children learn about water safety, sun safety as well as swimming techniques.
TEACHING & LEARNING
Hilton PS teachers and Education Assistants began Term 4 with our annual school review day. Five of our curriculum leaders presented a summary of their learning area for 2019 and facilitated a review activity with the staff to shape our focus for 2020. Thanks to the following curriculum leaders for their professionalism and leadership:
Ms Alana Hearn – Design & Digital Technologies
Ms Dawn Clark – Maths Learning Area
Ms Tamara Travia – English Learning Area
Ms Andrea Townes – Science Learning Area
Ms Sharon McMullan – Humanities & Social Sciences Learning Area.
We also reviewed our processes for supporting the transition of our students from their 2019 class to 2020, with particular attention to Students At Educational Risk (SAER) or with additional learning needs.
Our staff and students are continuing to develop teaching and learning activities for our beautiful outside learning spaces.
Our teachers recently engaged in a professional learning session about Nature Pedagogy and Nature Play, presented by Wendy Gorman, a Nature Pedagogy consultant. You may be aware that ‘pedagogy’ refers to the intentional planning and implementation of teaching and learning. Our staff considered a range of activities to intentionally teach literacy and numeracy outside the classroom (as well as within the classroom, and beyond.) We are looking forward to our whole-school engagement in an Outside Classroom Day on 7th November.
SAFE AND SECURE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Thanks to our Grounds Committee, P & C and a very enthusiastic group of workers, our Bush Trail was created this term. In order to regenerate our bushland and promote nature play, the trail indicates that the bush on the ‘inside’ of the trail is fragile and needs to be cared for. Outside the trail is clearer, managed spaces, for nature play! Teachers are explicitly teaching the difference between the two areas and supporting the children to assess risks and make safe decisions as they play. Our parents and carers support this learning. There are lots of great ‘loose parts’ in our school grounds for children, staff and families to enjoy, safely.
We are all aware of the strength of the Hilton Community. Staff and parents recently joined the Hilton Harvest members as they celebrated their 10th Anniversary with a Gala Dinner. We are very appreciative of the opportunities to visit and work in the Hilton Harvest garden.
We are excited to be welcoming 52 new Kindergarten students to Hilton PS for 2020. An information session for their parents and carers was held this week. An informal orientation session for our 2020 Kindy children is scheduled for Wed 27th November at 9.30-10.30am in the early childhood centre. Please contact us for further details.
Proposed changes to school finish times on Wednesdays for 2020.
In order to accommodate weekly staff meetings and collaborative planning as our school grows, we are considering changes to our school finish times for 2020. The proposal is to start teaching literacy blocks at 8.50am each day and adjust Wednesday lunchtime so that all children finish school at 2.30pm every Wednesday. This practice of “early close” also accommodates after school appointments for busy families. Please watch this space for more information and direct your questions, suggestions and comments to the school office.
Our Term 4 planner is now available. Thank you for understanding that some changes are necessary during the term so please check event details closer to the time.
Wishing all families a safe and happy term of learning and play.
Dr Carmel Bochenek - Carmel.Bochenek@education.wa.edu.au