Dear Parents, Guardians and Families,
It is with much excitement that I introduce myself, Tania Robertson, to the school community as the newly appointed Assistant Principal. It is an absolute privilege to be able to work alongside dedicated and passionate staff that have a collective belief that every student in our school can learn. Since being welcomed to Sunshine SDS in 2016, I have had the opportunity to grow and learn but also extend my engagement with the school community. I look forward to continuing to build close connections and by working together with you, we can make a difference to your child/ren’s personal growth and learning achievements.
There is much to be celebrated within our school community, particularly as we move into week 3 of our return to school, we have seen our students adapt to the new school routines with increasing levels of independence both in their learning and transitions. Our students continue to surpass our expectations and in turn teach us about how to manage and adapt to change with a smile on our face!
One aspect of my role is leading Assessment and Reporting in the school, so I would like to take this opportunity to update you on the changes in reporting. The timeline for reports to be sent home to families remains the same: Tuesday 23rd June. However, they will look slightly different:
We have aligned reports to each Curriculum Area, rather than receiving multiple reports in each curriculum area (English: Reading and Viewing, Speaking and Listening and Writing) you will now be receiving one comprehensive report for each curriculum area.
You will be receiving a comprehensive report in English, Mathematics, Personal & Social Capability, Science as well as, the Specialist areas your child is participating in.
COVID-19 implications on reports
Following DET Guidance on reporting, teachers are required to comment on a student’s progress and/or engagement in learning at home. If your child engaged in learning at home, either via SeeSaw or the learning at home packs and student work was provided to the teacher then a comment on their engagement in remote learning will also be present.
Adhering to the current COVID-19 restrictions and DET guidance, we are unable to offer face to face SSG meetings this term, however we will be offering phone SSGs. Given in most cases whilst learning from home, there was increased levels of communication around learning between families and teaching staff you may not feel it necessary, however if you would like to discuss your child’s progress we would like to give you the opportunity for a phone SSG from Tuesday 23rd – Thursday 25th June.
If you wish to engage in a phone SSG, please contact the school to express your interest via email [email protected] or phone 93114804 by end of day Wednesday 17th June.
Once interest has been determined, the school will contact you to confirm an appropriate date and time.
SSGs will occur in Term 3, however as we await further updates on DET Guidance we cannot confirm what these will look like. Our preference is always to be able to sit with you face to face to discuss your child/ren’s learning achievements, and we will keep you updated as we receive further advice.
Thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to navigate this ever-changing landscape.