Dear Hilton Families,
Term 4 has continued with a diverse array of teaching and learning activities at our school. We are currently practising for our Annual Awards Night on Tuesday 17h December, 2019 at 6pm. Community members are most welcome to join our celebration of learning excellence, progress, achievement and citizenship. We think you will also enjoy our Christmas-themed class performance items.
TEACHING & LEARNING
This term, Pre-Primary to Year 6 students have particularly enjoyed swimming lessons, Outdoor Classroom Day, gymnastics and baseball lessons (with specialist coaches), soccer clinics with student coaches from John Curtin College of the Arts, and creating our Bush Trail. The staff and parents of our Grounds Committee are especially delighted to see our Bush Trail completed after a well-attended Busy Bee and a visit from Costa Gregoriadis! Our students are learning about bush regeneration, local flora and fauna, and indigenous perspectives. This part of our Sustainable Classroom is ‘inside’ our Bush Trail, whilst nature play happens ‘outside’ the trail; to preserve our fragile bush systems.
Elsewhere in our school grounds, our parents created some beautiful loose-parts, nature play spaces which are being well-used by our Kindy and Pre-Primary students. Our early years teaching team have engaged in professional learning sessions about the balance between play-based learning and explicit teaching. This is a philosophy and practice that our team is strongly committed to and that we shared at our recent Kindergarten Information and Orientation sessions. We enjoyed meeting our new Kindergarten students for 2020 and their families. We look forward to hosting two Kindergarten classes, as well as two combined Kindergarten and Pre-Primary classes in 2020.
Last week, our Year 6 class and their teacher, Ms Townes, visited to Woodman Point Recreation Camp, to complete a variety of team and personal challenges. The Year 6 camp is always a highlight of our graduating year and 2019 was no exception. We are very appreciative of the financial support provided by our ever-busy P & C, for camp and Year 6 events.
Hilton PS teachers are currently completing Semester 2 reports to be sent out by CONNECT next week. As part of our continuous school improvement, we welcome feedback from parents and carers about the content and style of our reports.
SAFE AND SECURE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Our Grounds Committee, P & C and our staff are planning further enhancements to our school grounds for 2020. New sand has been ordered for our early years play areas and we are hoping to progress the set-up of our Makerspaces for creativity, problem solving, innovation and STEAM projects. We are always grateful for Mrs Blaauw, our Visual Arts Teacher, who integrates Art into many other learning areas. Our safe and secure learning environment also allows for water play on these hot days and as part of end-of-year celebrations.
Recently, our Hilton Primary School Board hosted their Annual Open Meeting. As well as a review of the last year, presented by Ms Jo McKay (Board Chair), we examined the financial health of our school, 2019 NAPLAN data and the processes used to determine class structures for 2020. Discussions were rich and informative. We are likely to have some vacancies on our School Board and on our P & C, as people complete their terms of office, so please consider joining our enthusiastic community in 2020.
As we approach the Festive Season, our school community is supporting Freedom City Church with donations of non-perishable food items to be distributed through our Hilton community. Thank you to our families for their generosity.
Our current school timetable will continue into 2020. Classroom doors open at 8.30am, our Literacy teaching block begins at 8.55am and our Numeracy block is after recess. Teaching finishes at 3.05pm Monday to Friday.
Our areas for continuous school improvement in 2020 include:
Systematic, synthetic phonics (Letters and Sounds)
Review of process for Students At Educational Risk (SAER)
Continuation of STEAM initiatives,
The likely introduction of Positive Behavior Support (PBS).
We look forward to sharing these developments with our school community during 2020. They are aligned with the Department of Education WA Focus 2020 to Every Student, Every Classroom, Every Day. Please contact our school office if you would like any further information about our lovely school.
“Hilton Primary School: A great Place to Learn and Grow.”
School resumes for students on Monday 3rd February 2020. The school office will re-open on Wednesday 29.1.20.
Wishing all families a safe and happy holiday and a wonderful festive season, however you celebrate.
Dr Carmel Bochenek Carmel.Bochenek@education.wa.edu.au