We had an almost 100% turnout for parent teacher interviews this week. Given the unusual year we have had, it has been the first opportunity to meet with parents to swap information. The teachers have now had a chance to really get to know their class as individuals – their strengths and weaknesses. Teachers have used a number of assessment tools, which, along with formative assessment, has been the vehicle for teachers making judgements as to how a child is tracking against the NZ Curriculum levels; the details which are shared at the interviews.
Assessment tools are used to give teachers a snapshot of where the child is at right now. We use the data to give an overall picture of achievement across the year levels and where we identify areas of strength or weakness, we can make decisions about professional development for teachers, additional programmes for children, targeted interventions for individuals. Teachers also unpack their class data to look for gaps in order to plan for plugging those gaps or extending children.
Formative assessment is, however, arguably more important for teachers in the classroom setting. Formative assessment is defined as: the process used by teachers and students to recognise and respond to student learning in order to enhance that learning during the learning. (Black & Wiliam).
What it means is that the teacher is cuing into what a child is doing/not doing throughout the lesson. They then make a judgement on the spot as to what additional help the child needs in order to be successful and immediately works with the child. It may be that the teacher notices that a group of children aren’t getting it, so he or she brings the group together for some micro teaching. At the end of the lesson, if appropriate, the teacher quickly records who needs more help and the specifics of that help, or they note who has quickly mastered it and needs extension. They use this information in their weekly planning.
The process of learning is quite structured. Teachers let children know what it is that they are going to learn – a learning intention. The teacher then models the desired learning, discusses it, shows exemplars. Then the teacher co constructs success criteria with the children. The children head off to start. The teacher roams, noting the points as outlined above and acting on them. When children have finished the task, they check their work against the success criteria, self assessing and deciding what they need to do to improve. They can also get their work peer assessed against the success criteria and get feedback from their peers. They discuss their learning with the teacher, showing where they have met the success criteria. The teacher gives then feedback, which they then act on. It is a cyclical process of learning and ensures that the learning is enhanced during the learning.
I hope this hasn’t confused you. Suffice to say, the act of making a judgement as to how a child is tracking against the NZ Curriculum levels is very robust and relies on the effective formative assessment practices of teachers.
We are currently strengthening teacher practice in formative assessment with schoolwide professional development led by an external facilitator. Our goal is to be even more effective at identifying need, then planning learning programmes to enhance the learning.
Just a reminder about children wearing the VAS uniform. I have noticed some colourful clothing being worn underneath polo shirts as well as colourful socks and tights being worn. Please ensure that anything worn under the polo is navy or white. Socks and tights must be white, black or navy.
PUPILS / CITIZENS OF THE WEEK
Announced last assembly:
Emily Tham & Caitlin Cooper
Celebrated last assembly:
Sebastien Fong & Keira Treagus
- Room 1 : Scout Challinor
- Room 1 : Amera Trusler-Cogan
- Room 2 : Connelly Grobler
- Room 2 : Max McCarthy
- Room 3 : Harriet Richards
- Room 3 : Luke Sorrell
- Room 4 : Caelen Jooste
- Room 4 : Miles Clark
- Room 5 : Seb Lynch
- Room 5 : Kayla Kuhtze
- Room 6 : Sophie Power
- Room 7 : Elizabeth Chiu
- Room 8 : Kristen Su
- Room 9 : Xavier Liu
- Room 10 : Yuki Lin
- Room 11 : Luka De Vries
- Room 12 : Rosalyn Van Epps
- Room 13 : Lucas Hotham
- Room 14 : Layla Toyota
- Room 15 : Sabine Mihajlovic
- Room 18 : Hugo Currey
- Room 19 : Yasmine Green
- Room 20 : Cooper Frost
- Room 21 : Charlotte Wakelin
- Room 22 : Cailyn Shen
- Room 22 : Fin Wilson
- Room 24 : Esme Lawn
- Room 9 : Xavier Liu
LAST CHANCE TOMORROW
Remember to send in your recipes for the school cookbook! Here’s a reminder of what to submit –
* One favourite recipe per family
* If your recipe has a special meaning please add a short blurb
* A photo of either your child baking/cooking OR of the finished product (please note: a photo is optional)
* Names and year group of children at VAS
Please send in your recipe by Friday 31stJuly to: [email protected]
If you have any questions, please contact –
Lucy Clark –[email protected]
Bex Knight –[email protected]
- Place the Yummy stickers on the sticker collection sheets and / or
- Place the cut-out Yummy labels (from fruit bags) on the cut-out label collection sheets yummyfruit.co.nz/schools/
- Return the completed (or partially completed) sheets to the Victoria Ave School office by 18th September 2020. Make sure your name and room number are on the sheet as we will give a prize to the student(s) that collect the most stickers
Yummy apples and fruit are available from New World, Pak’n Save and other participating stores. The more stickers VAS collects, the more sports gear we receive. Last year, VAS qualified for $1,800 worth of free sports gear which is an amazing effort.
Start collecting today :)
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The 2020 | 2021 Digital Entertainment Memberships are here. It’s packed with amazing offers for activities, attractions, shopping, travel and all kinds of tasty treats – from cool cafes to fabulous fine dining. Great for the school holidays!
Zumba classes will be starting again this term! Miss Meurice will take classes in the hall at on Thursdays at 8.30am, starting from Week 3. All welcome!
Need a Babysitter??
Hi, my name is Sophie Ireland, I’m seventeen and an ex- pupil of VAS. I’m currently looking for extra babysitting work and live locally (in the VAS school zone). I really enjoy younger children and have two little brothers of my own. You can contact me on (022) 424 8186. Thanks!
Epipen School Offer from one of our Parents: $135 including delivery to school
As a mum and a pharmacist I understand that epipens can be expensive. I can personally deliver your epipen (which is temperature sensitive) to the school office. This ensures the medication is not exposed to temperature fluctuations within the courier van and saves you time and hassle. We provide the latest expiry dating and we can tell you the current one when contacting us. Deliveries will be done on a weekly basis during school term. Discount available for 2 or more pens. For more information, please contact [email protected]
What is Water Wolves?
Simply, Water Wolves is a fun waterpolo experience for kids aged 7-11 years old.
In addition to weekly games, players will get time in the pool learning and practicing their Water Polo Skills.
If you want to play or interested in entering a team or have any questions please email Tony Scott
IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES
School starts: 8.50am
School finishes: 3.00pm
Term Dates for 2020
Term 3: Monday 20 July to Friday 25 September
Term 4: Monday 12 October to Wednesday 16 December
~ Labour Day Monday 26 October
Term Dates for 2021
Term 1: Wednesday 3 February to Friday 16 April
~ Waitangi Day observed Monday 8 February
~ Good Friday 2 April
~ Easter Monday 5 April
~ Easter Tuesday 6 April
~ ANZAC Day observed Monday 26 April
Term 2: Monday 3 May to Friday 9 July
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 7 June
Term 3: Monday 26 July to Friday 1 October
Term 4: Monday 18 October to Wednesday 15 December
~ Labour Day Monday 25 October
Please click here to view our online calendar
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am
– half way up dragon drive
OPEN FRIDAYS only: 8.15-8.45am
Orders and payments for uniform can be made online on our website ~ Click here
School Dental Service
8b Ngaio St Orakei Ph 520 0603.
The dental team will be posting letters to all new entrants to our school as required.
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NIT NIGHT TONIGHT!!
PLEASE, PLEASE CHECK FOR NITS – a number of classes have reported nits and if your infected child is not treated then many others will be!
Here is a link from NZ Health for info and treatment.
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