Principal’s News – Term 4 – Week 6

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Reminder; the WCLDC Staff Development Day is on Wednesday 24th November, NO WCLDC students at school.

We have completed the referral and placement process, and all new parent workshops. From 177 referrals, 148 students were placed for 2022. It is pleasing to be able to place this many students. In 2022, we will have an extra pre-primary class at East Hamersley. Other campuses have the same number of classes although at Quinns Beach we will have three Year 1 classes and only two pre-primary classes. We are looking forward to working with all new families and children next year.

We are working very diligently on examining the collective student data. We have spent two staff meetings looking at mathematics and social skills. On Wednesday, November 24th we have a school development day (no students attend that day) when we will be looking at code-cracking skills (decoding and spelling), reading comprehension, writing and oral comprehension.  The final staff meeting is about narrative. A summary of the findings will be in this year’s annual report.

It is a very busy term for all staff as they complete some assessments, work on end-of-year reports and complete transition letters that will be sent to mainstream schools. The children are still working hard and we have some fun and exciting events coming up on the school calendar.

You will have received a text with a link to the booklist for 2022. Please make sure you order online by the 3rd Of December as any orders done after that date may incur a late fee. We will also make the booklists available on our website.

Catherine Regan

Principal

Principals News – Term 4 Week 3

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

A reminder that the school development day is coming up on Wednesday 24th November. There will be no school for all WCLDC students on this day.

As always, we have hit the ground running in term 4. The deputies and speech pathologists have been working with the year 1 class teachers on grid marking, looking at and discussing evidence on how much the children have progressed across all oral language and academic areas. The data collected from the grid marking across all year levels will be the focus of staff meetings and the school development day coming up. Staff will look at how the children have gone, reflect on their teaching and discuss these reflections in year groups. A summary of our findings will be included in the 2021 Annual Report. A brief overview will be included in the next newsletter.

The admin team are working through new referrals for placement for 2022. It is a time-consuming process to ensure children are placed appropriately. New parent meetings are coming up in a couple of weeks and we are looking forward to welcoming new families to our centres.

If you have not accessed the bus services before and you live within the boundary for your site, you will need to apply for bus access for 2022. If you are shifting sites you must re-apply for the bus or a conveyance access allowance. We suggest that you do this as soon as possible.

It is wonderful to see how far the children have come this year and I would like to thank all our fantastic staff who have helped the children reach their potential. There are still several weeks left of the term and we will all continue to work hard to develop your child’s skills. Year 1 parents will have the opportunity to meet with the class teacher at the end of the year to discuss reports and how to support their child moving into mainstream next year.

A copy of the estimated 2022 Charges and Contributions flyer for Parents and carers.

2022 Charges and Contributions

Catherine Regan

Principal

Principal’s News – Week 9 Term 3

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

This is a very busy time at the school with referrals and Pre-primary and Kindy case conferences. I will be away for some weeks next term due to scheduled surgery. Catherine Regan will be acting in my position.

Year 1 Transition to Mainstream

Parents need to let us know the name of the school you are enrolling your child in for Year 2 in 2022. If you would like your child to spend a day or two at their mainstream school during Term 4, please discuss that with your site deputy.  You would also need to discuss it with your mainstream school to get their agreement for your child to attend mainstream for the transition days. There is a transition video on our website that parents can access.

Transition to Mainstream – West Coast Language Development Centre (westcoastldc.wa.edu.au)

Next term will be a busy one with the review of students’ data and placement. Have a great holiday break with your kids.

Ms Shelley Blakers

Principal

Principal’s News – Week 6 Term 3

Dear Parents/Caregivers

We are moving into the referral period for 2022 placements and we are getting many enquiries from referring speech pathologists and psychologists. As part of the process we let the agencies know about possible places for the following year.

Year 1 Parent Program

This Term Emily Dawes and Emma McFarland have been trialling a series of workshops for parents of our Year 1 students at Padbury. This program is focused on building your knowledge of your child’s Developmental Language Disorder and how you can advocate for and support your child as they transition to mainstream schooling. It has been very well received and will be completed at Poseidon later this term and into next term.

Case Conferences

The teachers and speech pathologists are also working through data and profiling students in preparation for the upcoming case conferences (Kindy and Pre-primary are held this term).  Year 1 will have exit interviews in week 10 of Term 4.

Pre-primary and Kindergarten parents will be or will have received information about the annual case conferences for each student. If your child is Kindy or Pre-primary and we are recommending an exit, this will be discussed with you. As communicated before, it is not common for students to exit these years. Students with Language Disorders have this for their life, and while we work to improve their language and to teach strategies that will enable them to access the learning program in mainstream, this takes time. If you are considering placing your child in mainstream next year (when we are recommending they stay), please discuss this with me, your site Deputy or Speech Pathologist before making your final decision. Please do this as soon as possible as exits impact on the number of places we have available at each site for new referrals.

Year 1 Transition to Mainstream

Parents need to let us know the name of the school you are enrolling in for Year 2 in 2022. If you would like your child to spend a day or two at their mainstream school during Term 4, please discuss that with your site Deputy.  You would also need to discuss it with your mainstream school. Generally we run a parent workshop on transition during Term 4 but we also have a short video that parents can view from the website (Transition to Mainstream – West Coast Language Development Centre (westcoastldc.wa.edu.au) ).

School Development Day

On our recent School Development Day, the staff spent time at Kings Park learning about Aboriginal (particularly Noongar) culture and heritage. It was a very enlightening and productive day where staff were able to explore their own knowledge and understanding of our important Aboriginal histories while considering how we can teach this to our students.

Sports Days

Last year at this time, we were under phase 4 restrictions due to Covid 19 and each mainstream principal at our sites interpreted these guidelines. In some cases, parents were not allowed to attend the sports carnivals. Fortunately, we are now in phase 5 and this means that parents can attend the sports days when they are scheduled for your site. We still ask that you consider social distancing as we are still in pandemic mode.

Ms Shelley Blakers

Principal

Principal’s News – Week 3 Term 3

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

The start to term 3 has certainly been very busy. Thank you to Catherine Regan for stepping in as principal while I was on leave and Sarah Armstead (Quinns Beach) and Leah Ash (Poseidon) for ably fulfilling the deputy role at each site.

This term, staff have a strong focus on reviewing their data on student progress and mapping this information onto the developmental rubrics for sending home prior to the case conferences (kindy and pre-primary) later this term. Year one students have an exit interview later in term 4. Most of our kindy and pre-primary students will continue with us for next year. If we believe that your child should exit, the site deputies will have a discussion with you. If you are considering exiting your kindy or pre-primary child (parent choice, not our recommendation), please have a discussion with your site deputies.

Over the past two or three years, we have modified our parent program to make it more interactive and targeted. For kindy it has focused at the class level with modelling of specific ideas for parents and for pre-primary we have the Book Sharing Program. This term we are trialling a Year 1 parent program. These sessions are focused on developing a deeper understanding of Developmental Language Disorder and the impact on learning with the aim that parents are armed with the knowledge to advocate and support their child through the remaining school journey. The trial is at our Padbury site and we will seek feedback from the parents and this will inform how we might run these sessions across sites for 2022.

A reminder that we have a School Development Day on Thursday August 12. This means that children will not be at school. Staff will be working on cultural awareness connected to First Nations people.

Ms Shelley Blakers

Principal