WELCOME BACK MCKINNON
What a feeling to welcome our students back onsite to school this morning. There were smiling faces at every gate, in every classroom and outside in all the playgrounds. All staff are looking forward to spending the next two weeks at school with the students.
Thank you for your cooperation and support with current procedures for arrival and pick up. We will monitor and make adjustments as necessary to keep everyone safe.
STUDENT LEARNING IN WEEKS 7 AND 8
While this has been a difficult time of uncertainty and change we want to acknowledge the positive approach, flexibility and the problem solving skills our students have used during this time. As a school we have been impressed by the incredible student learning and resilience our students have displayed.
In the past fortnight students have been: evaluating the top ten inventions of our time, designing timetables in Chinese, unpacking the central ideas to their units of inquiry, exploring what the PYP learner profile attribute of “Knowledgeable” means, deepening their understandings of multiplication, practising mindfulness and yoga, creating posters and dioramas about their learning of space and the solar system, constructing creative collages and line-drawings – just to name a few.
Please take a moment to look at the attached photos of student learning across the school from the past two weeks.
A big thank you to all the students, staff and parents for their valued and critical support during this time.
MCKINNON’S YEAR SIX HOLOCAUST UNIT OF INQUIRY CELEBRATED BY DET
Our Year Six leader Catherine Hales, the Year Six Team and the PYP Leader Chris Barker received a huge congratulations from the DET Learning and Teaching Division as a result of their case study profiling McKinnon’s Holocaust unit of inquiry taught at this year level. The feedback focused on the strong curriculum connections, positioning students actively in learning and use of credible resources and experientials.
These case studies offer incredible support to other schools and will be promoted through;
- Principals’ meeting place (in August 2021),
- HTAV conference workshop (July 2021) and
- at the National Teacher’s Summit, Melbourne (June 2021).
It has also been shared with the Minister’s office and is available for our community to view via this link – https://fuse.education.vic.gov.au/?YK5GTJ
This is an example of the deep learning that occurs across our school, through the development and refinement of our rich units of inquiry, fostering deep thinking and engaging our learners.
STUDENT REPORTS RELEASED FRIDAY 18th JUNE ON COMPASS
Please take the time to read the additional post yesterday regarding reports and the frequently asked questions. Additionally, if your family requires a hard copy of your child’s report please contact the office.
PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS 20th-21st JUNE 4-6PM
Bookings on Compass please make a time to chat with your child’s class teacher on Microsoft Teams. If you would like to meet with a specific specialist teacher to discuss your child’s progress please email the office and a mutually convenient time will be organised.
REMINDER: PUBLIC HOLIDAY MONDAY 14th JUNE
Please remember that Monday the 14th June is a public holiday in Victoria and the school will be closed. We look forward to seeing all Foundation -Year 6 students on Tuesday 15th June.
REMINDER: ENROLMENTS FOR 2022
If you have a child who will be starting Foundation in 2022, can we please ask that you drop off your completed enrolment form to the school office as soon as possible. If you know of a family who is wanting to join the McKinnon community in 2022, can we encourage you to remind them to call the office to organise a school tour. Tours occur every Wednesday. If you know a family who may be interested please ask them to call the school to book in.
Further information on our enrolment process is published on our website at: https://mckinnon-primary.vic.edu.au/enrolments-2/
Wishing you all a lovely long weekend, see you back on Tuesday.
Simone, Suzanne and David