Posted on 08 Sep 2016
Our Writers Festival will be held next week, and there are many exciting activities planned throughout the week. On Monday, author and illustrator Michael Salmon will be visiting our school. Michael has written a number of children’s books, including The Monster That Ate Canberra. As part of his visit, Michael will leave some illustrations for us to frame and display in the school. On Tuesday Frank Bongiorno will talk to our Year 5/6 students about publishing and researching; on Wednesday local author Craig Cormick will work with our senior students; and on Thursday Kirsten Vizjak will talk with our junior students about enjoying stories and book reviews. Next Friday will be our first ever Weetangera Book Swap. Students are asked to bring in a book they no longer read, and they can then swap it with someone else to get a different book. Throughout the week every child will share a “Poem In My Pocket”, and all students will contribute to three continuous stories running across the school.
As part of the Writers Festival children can enter our writing competition using the key words bizarre, pulse, and ominous within their stories. Entries close on Friday of Week 9. You can find details of this competition on this website Under 'For Parents/Information'.
The committee has been working very hard behind the scenes to coordinate the Writers Festival, and we must acknowledge their hard work in making the Festival such a success.
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
Posted on 13 Aug 2015
The Running Club meets every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8:40am 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!