Our school continues to build on our tradition of being a caring and dedicated learning community. Our student numbers continue to increase steadily, with notable growth in the junior years, as our community changes and Tuart Hill Primary School establishes itself as the first school of choice for local families.
The learning opportunities and experiences we offer our students are due to the dedication of the staff, families and the community of Tuart Hill Primary School who contribute with dedication and enthusiasm in so many ways. While our consistent focus is improving student learning now and for the future, we offer an array of opportunities that support and enhance many facets of school life.
Our partnership programs, including Occupational and Speech Therapy, Social Work and Psychology, continue to provide mutual benefit to all involved, with staff, students and parents responding positively to the extra support and services they are able to access. The 2017 Independent Public School review panel also noted the many positive ways that students are supported beyond the curriculum and the strong sense of community that is evident to the many people who engage with us throughout the year, including local and federal politicians, Department of Education consultants, professional learning providers, university supervisors, pre-service teachers, community leaders and others.
Throughout 2018, our Board Chair, Jason Papps, has continued to lead our board with purpose and professionalism through strategic planning issues. The current Board is the largest one to date, with membership close to capacity, offering a diverse range of experience and knowledge that benefits our school. Our hardworking P & C members, capably led by Tanya Woodard, have had a very successful 2018 which has contributed strongly to many projects and initiatives that our students enjoy.
I acknowledge the hard working staff who daily make a difference to our students. Despite the myriad of tasks to which they attend our teachers actively engage with students, parents and each other to achieve the best outcomes for all concerned. In 2018, many staff have been recognised and nominated for their commitment to the school values of excellence, care, equity and learning.
Collaboration: Realign timetables to allow teaching team collaboration within the teaching day.
Coaching: Empower teacher leaders to accept Lead Teacher roles who use shoulder-to-shoulder coaching to support staff at specific point of need for pedagogical improvement, with a particular English, Mathematics and Digital focus.
ISTAR Pedagogy: Focus on best-practice teaching pedagogy by deliberately adopting the ISTAR teaching model to inform and inspire, show and share, try and transfer, apply and act, revise and review using contemporary tactics and strategies.
Student Engagement: Wrap student care under the Positive Behaviour Support umbrella.
Student attendance: The Attendance Program will continue, with emphasis on identifying who the students are in the At Risk Moderate category to work with families to improve their attendance throughout 2019 and 2020.
SAER Intervention: Expand Students at Educational Risk (SAER) processes to maintain and extend the Targeted Achievement Program (TAP) as well as maintain and extent the Gifted and Talented (GaT) and Challenge programs. SAER interventions will move to the model of intervention best practice which prioritise in-class literacy and numeracy teaching. Extra human resource support will be allocated equitably in accordance to documented data-evidenced need.
STEAMy Learning: Create the conditions across the school that enables STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) project-based enquiry learning at all year levels.
Device Availability: Increase the device to student ratio to enable 22nd Century learning and teaching at just in time point of need.
Enhanced Partnerships: Inspire partnerships that directly benefit our students at all levels of our community through open, accountable communication and overt action to acknowledge contributions.