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Home Learning Draft Policy Consultation Period
Posted on 20 Aug 2015
Weetangera School has reviewed the existing homework policy, analysing School
Satisfaction Survey data, parent feedback and evidence based research. The School
Satisfaction Survey data along with the School Climate evidence informed the school to
review communication between the school and home to further support student learning.
These areas of improvement have also been supported through feedback received by the
parent community, P&C Association and the School Board. In revising this policy, evidence
based research has been collated on the effect of homework on students in primary school.
An analysis of current research presents happy, healthy and engaged children at school.
Research conducted by Michelle Higgins (2012) clearly outlines that, “primary school
children benefit more from time spent on traditional activities such as time with family and
reading books… reading for pleasure was found to be the most beneficial educational athome
activity”. This notion is further supported through the research findings of Robert
Marzano and Debra Pickering (2007) states homework should reflect the involvement of
students in activities appropriate for the home. Weetangera School’s Home Learning policy
reflects evidence presented in current research to support the learning which takes place in
classrooms. Please provide comments to Danielle.Hoogland@ed.act.edu.au by 28th August
Please go to 'For Parents / Homework Discussion' for the relevant documents
French Poetry Reading Competition
Posted on 13 Aug 2015
The French Teachers’ Network has chosen the poems for this year’s poetry reading competition for school children. Weetangera will take part, supported through the French Curriculum, with two students from each year representing the school in their category. Entries will be submitted in week 10 of this term. Meanwhile, all children will have the opportunity to learn the chosen poems. To support their learning at home the French poems have been translated into English and some illustrated to reinforce the messages and make them accessible to all students. Please feel free to use them at home and read them with your children. There is a poem for each grade level.
To view the French poems go to:
Here you will find a link to a pdf for each age group.
Posted on 13 Aug 2015
The Running Club meets every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8:35am on the school oval
At the sessions we do a mixture of fitness activities, running, sprinting drills, modified games and relays. The activities are designed to get the students exercising and developing their overall fitness levels as well as improving their running technique. Students use tennis balls for many of the fitness activities to simultaneously enhance their coordination and ball skills while working on their aerobic fitness.
Running Club sessions are suitable for all students from Kindergarten to year 6 regardless of their fitness levels or experience in sport. Children are welcome to attend as many sessions as they wish and do not have to go to all three sessions each week.
Coming along to Running Club is a great way to start the day and get the body and mind active for the day ahead at school!
Annual Writing Competition
Posted on 12 Aug 2015
Annual Writing Competition
It’s that time of the year again… Weetangera Primary School’s Annual Writing Competition! This year, the focus will be on three signature themes: Bonjour! Shelter. Light.
Students will choose from at least one of the signature themes and write either a short story or poem related to this theme. Students may also choose to include one or more of the theme words in their writing, however, the theme words themselves do not have to be included. Students writing will be judged on:
• Its creativity
• The quality of the writing
• The relevance to and interpretation of the signature themes.
All entries will be written, revised and edited in class, and the final copy typed either at school or home dependent on time available. Final entries must be in to classroom teachers by Friday 11 September 2015 (End of Week 8). Successful entries chosen by teachers will then be presented electronically for classes across the whole school, so that every class will have the opportunity to spend quality time reading and discussing each entry, and subsequently voting on their favourite three for each section: K-2 Showcase; years 3-4 and 5-6.
Final announcement of winners and the presentation of prizes will occur in Term 4, week 2 during Friday’s Whole School Assembly. We look forward to reading and celebrating students writing achievements in a showcase display to be presented in the school library for the whole community to enjoy!
For Writing Guidelines and signature theme words go to 'For Parents'/'Infomation'
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