As part of Children’s Week 2016 students in Grade 2 & 3 have been invited to attend:
Whack, Bang, Crash!
Sing, move, play & improvise with percussion!
Join music maestros Susie & Phil for a workshop incorporating singing, moving, playing and improvising with percussion instruments.
Play marimbas, xylophones, djembes, drums, metal, shakers and more!
Featuring games and creative activities, children and families will find this workshop a real ‘hit’.
Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre
Notes went home on Tuesday and need to be returned along
with payment by Friday morning 21st October, in order to finalise numbers. We cannot accept notes and payments on Monday
as buses need to leave at 9.00am.
PLANNING/STAFFING UPDATE FOR 2017
Planning continues to unfold for next year as we prepare for an estimated student enrolment in excess of 280 students (we currently have approximately 278 students enrolled).
We are proceeding with planning for a thirteen class structure to accommodate all of next year’s students (13 classes have operated in 2016). The following structure provides an indication of the number of classes at each level with an estimation of the expected number of students in each class:
Foundation (Prep)- 40 students across 2 classes (20 students @ class)
Year 1 - 41 students across 2 classes (20/21students @ class)
Year 2 - 36 students across 2 classes (18 students @ class)
Year 3 - 42 students across 2 classes (21students @ class)
Year 4 - 42 students across 2 classes (21 students @ class)
Year 5 and 6 - 79 students across 3 classes (27/26/26 students @ class)
Extensive consultation has been undertaken with teachers in putting this structure together, with the learning needs of our students at each of these levels being the prime consideration. Pending any major fluctuations to these numbers, we feel this structure has achieved a good balance for each year level across the school. The school will continue with its Intervention and Extension structures in 2017, thereby ensuring class sizes are even smaller when fluid groups operate during key literacy and numeracy sessions each week.
To complete our staffing profile for next year, two additional classroom teachers will be recruited over the coming weeks. Existing teachers have completed their role preferences for 2017 and so the leadership team will begin to build the new teaching teams at each level over the next fortnight. As some of our teachers change levels from year to year, we know that this deepens the curriculum knowledge of our staff and actively promotes the sharing of best practice across the school. We are certainly blessed to have such a capable teaching staff at Tootgarook; to this end we request that parents refrain from making requests to the school for specific teachers in 2017.
STAFF TRAINING DAY
To assist with your forward planning, please note that our last Staff Training Day for 2016 will be on Monday 31st October. This will be followed by the annual Melbourne Cup holiday on Tuesday 1st November. Students will return to school from this long weekend on Wednesday 2nd November.
After a long cold winter, I’m sure everyone is looking forward to some warmer weather just around the corner! With the warmer weather will come the increased exposure to UV radiation during recesses and lunchtimes. As per our Sunsmart policy, students will be expected to begin wearing hats when outside from the start of term 4. Over the next week, could you please take a moment to check that your child has a suitable sunsmart hat labelled with their name (always a good tip to have a spare hat as well). Please note that broad-brimmed and legionnaire hats are the only hats deemed suitable; baseball caps are not compliant with our Sunsmart policy.