Communicating Learning Progress with Families (reports and parent teacher discussions)
Tasmanian Government Schools are beginning to implement changes to the way we communicate learning progress with families. These changes will be staggered over a three year period. You will be updated on your child’s learning progress through a range of communications across the year.
In 2022 this will include:
- A Progress Report that you received in Term 1 that focussed on application to learning.
- Mid and end of year reports where students will be assessed on the Australian Curriculum against a new 9-point scale with no teacher comments. This year parents will receive their child’s report at Parent Teacher so teachers can elaborate and discuss progress. Please note, Preps will not receive a report until end of year but all parents will be encouraged to attend a parent teacher discussion.
- Parent-teacher conversations will now increase to twice a year, occurring in 2nd and 3rd This year we are encouraging Grades 3-6 students to join their parents in these discussions. We will be using an online booking system for your convenience. Please see the link below or go onto our Schoolzine app. If you do not have access to these platforms, please phone the school office on 64351114 and our friendly office staff will make bookings for you.
- Please note this link will not be open to use until 6 June and will close on 15 June https://somersetps.schoolzineplus.com/view-session/5
- All parents/carers are encouraged to make an appointment and teachers will be following up and making contact to arrange a suitable time. Parent teacher discussions this term will take place between Monday 20th June to Thursday 23rd June, with Wednesday being a late night concluding at 7pm.
- In Term 2, Kindergarten children will receive a copy of their child’s Kinder Development Check plus an opportunity for a parent teacher discussion. In 4th Term you will receive a Celebration of Learning which highlights your child’s development and learning outcomes across the year based on the Early Years Learning Framework.
- Please remember, if you have concerns about your child’s progress throughout the year, you can always talk to your child’s teacher at any stage.
We have been very fortunate recently to receive donations towards our Breakfast Club. IGA Express (RED/JAFF) are kindly donating 10 loaves of bread per week and Nutrien Water have generously donated $400. These donations are very much appreciated and have allowed us to now offer Breakfast Club Monday-Thursday and Fruit Friday to end the week.
Levies for 2022 were issued in Term 1 and are now due for payment. Levies can be paid at Service TAS, via bPay, via the QKR app, over the phone with credit card or in person cash or EFTPOS. Payment plans are available, please contact Cindy in the office to set a payment plan up. Levies can also be paid via Centrepay. Centrepay deducts your chosen amount from your Centrelink payment and pays it directly to the school until fully paid. Centrepay forms are available from the office.
Kinder/Prep have started talking about innovation. We started by discussing what is an inventor.
Maggie- a person that makes stuff.
Ellie- a person who thinks of creations.
Leah- people who discover things and they see how things are made.
Bailey- a person who makes machines.
Zahlia- to make the world and control it.
Christopher- something that is like a thing that creates forever.
We read the story 'The man who loved boxes by Stephen Michael King and then talked about if we could be inventors and what we could make out of boxes. We have been busy creating from boxes, thinking about details and collaborating with peers to create unicorns, planes, houses, Lecia, Miss Hyland and many other things. We will have our creations finished soon.
We have some amazing staff members working in our POD 3 Team. We think its time we introduced these amazing people to you.
Mrs Kalweit-Hayes is a very experienced teacher who has had a long history working at Somerset Primary School. She is very creative and loves art. This year Mrs Kalweit-Hayes teaches our Grade 5A class and is looking forward to going on learning/inquiry journeys together.
FUN FACT: I love all sorts of fishing, fly and lure, salt and fresh water and I have a one-year-old little curly red headed grandson who I adore.
Mrs Jaffray teaches our Grade 5B class. She loves making learning fun and is always looking at interesting ways of teaching. This year she is excited to watch her class grow as learners while also becoming a collaborative awesome team.
FUN FACT: I love the outdoors and walking, so you will often find me walking on the beach or bushwalking. I recently completed the overland track which is a 6 day hike.
Mrs Barker teaches Grade 6A, Tuesday to Friday. She also is responsible for the schools Student Representative Council and other Grade 6 Student Leadership initiatives. This year she looking forward to working with another great bunch of Grade 6 leaders and tackling challenges together, growing as learners.
FUN FACT: I like to cook in my spare time. My most favourite type of cooking is cakes and cupcakes, I enjoy decorating them for special occasions.
Mr Jones is the POD 3 Leader this year. Along with his AST Leadership work and Numeracy Coach role for the school he also teaches Grade 6A on a Monday. This year Mr Jones is excited to be back teaching on class after a few years teaching Digital Technology. He loves to see students grow in confidence to take risks with their learning.
FUN FACT: I once coached an Australian U16 Youth Futsal team, to an international tournament in Brazil. Also… I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a UFO!!!
Mrs Shenton teaches our Grade 6B class From Wednesday to Friday. She is an experienced Primary School teacher who brings a wealth of knowledge to our team. This year she is looking forward to seeing the leadership qualities emerge from the start of the year to the end with all students.
FUN FACT: I am a member of the Cradle Coast Cloggers Group, and I love to clog each week!
Mrs Gibbons returns to us this year from maternity leave. She teaches our Grade 6B class on Mondays and Tuesdays. She is a young enthusiastic teacher who builds strong relationships with all students. This year she is looking forward to watching the Grade 6’s develop as leaders and share in all the extra responsibilities with them.
FUN FACT: I’ve been to North Korea.
Jo is a very experienced teacher assistant. She has worked at Somerset Primary for a number of years. This year she is working in POD 3, specifically supporting our Grade 6 students. Jo always goes out of her way to ensure all students are engaged and valued in the classroom. She builds very strong relationships with the students and is valued for her patient, kind and motivating qualities.
FUN FACT: I have walked to the very bottom of the Grand Canyon. I also absolutely, positively hate pineapple :)
Carolyn works as a teacher assistant in POD 3. She is a patient and supportive mentor to all children. Carolyn is known for her gentle and kind-hearted nature when working with all students.
FUN FACT: I love riding motorbikes.
Penny works as a teacher assistant in POD 3. This year she is supporting students in our Grade 5 classes. Nothing is ever too hard for Penny. She is resourceful, resilient and motivates and encourages students to always be positive about their learning.
FUN FACT: Penny loves to show the kids her gymnastics ability. Who doesn’t love a handstand?
Kathryn has worked at Somerset Primary for many years. She is a very experienced teacher assistant, always going above and beyond to support our students with whatever they need to achieve. She is patient, encouraging and kind-hearted. An amazing asset to our POD 3 team.
Stacey has begun working in POD 3 this term specifically supporting some of our amazing Grade 6 students.
FUN FACT: Stacey loves pineapple on pizza :)