Principal’s News – Term 4 – Week 9

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Last day for Students is Thursday 19th December – Happy Holidays!!!

We have completed our data analysis sessions. The results will be detailed in our annual report. This is a busy time with staff also doing reports and goal rating. Reports will be on Connect so make sure you access them.

The results overviewed support the consistent finding that our students make the highest level of accelerated progress at Kindergarten and Pre-Primary years. Once again, the Year 1 cohort have performed well across most areas and most have the critical skills that will help them as they transition to mainstream. Socially, if you compare the students on entry in kindy (where less than 20% have the social skills and pragmatics that would enable them to manage in a mainstream class) to exiting at Year 1, significant gains are made. Of the Year 1 cohort 80% are demonstrating age appropriate or close to age appropriate social skills and pragmatics and are well prepared for mainstream.  Our Pre-Primary cohort have again improved in the area of code cracking (mapping sounds in words to print) linked to reading and to spelling, and on average are finishing the year higher than previous years. There is a significant spread with a group at the higher end close to or better than the Pre-Primary standard.

I would like to acknowledge and thank the dedicated professional and committed staff of all aspects of the Language Centre student program and outreach services. The collection and analysis of data occurs from the individual, class and cohort level and involves teachers, speech pathologists and leaders. The evaluated information informs the setting of focus areas for the following year as well as the ongoing development and implementation of specialist programs and interventions. These resources are then adapted for and shared with mainstream schools through our outreach services.

Transition information for parents (a short video) of exiting students is available on our web page. We wish all students who are leaving us all the best and know that the next phase of their school journey will be exciting. Thank you to the parents and caregivers for allowing us to have a key role in the early start of the school process.

I want to acknowledge and thank Catherine Regan for again acting in my position while I was on leave. Also thanks to Sarah Armstead and Karen Young for acting in the deputy role. The depth of leadership expertise that we have has enabled the management and leadership to be seamless.

Covid Update

As you know the state will be transitioning early next year into a new phase of living with the virus. All staff at all sites will be vaccinated as part of the mandate for Education staff. I will be sending a letter drafted by Central Office, however, the key message for parents include:

  • It is not mandated for children to be vaccinated.
  • Parents can drop off and pick up their children regardless of vaccination status (in fact we will not ask).
  • If parents are onsite for volunteering or other activities on a regular basis (more than one a week at this stage), they will be required to show vaccination certificates.

As this is the final newsletter, I wish everyone a relaxing and restful holiday.

Ms Shelley Blakers

Principal

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