In the next couple of week you will receive our 2015/16 Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) and calendar. Just like last year’s inaugural AIP/calendar the calendar section lists all our important dates for you to keep track the school year and the AIP section spells out our school priorities, our targets for those priority areas and most (not all) of the strategies we will use to meet those targets. The priorities are still broken up into 4 main areas; Literacy & numeracy, United in Our Pursuit of Excellence, Closing the Gap and the ABC – conditions of learning. Reading remains our top priority under Literacy & Numeracy, although this year’s focus will be on numeracy. United in Our Pursuit of Excellence encompasses the department’s key initiatives that each school implements within the context of their school. Closing the Gap focusses on shrinking the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous data. ABC – conditions on learning covers what it takes for learning to occur. “A” for attendance. If children are not attending school regularly, they cannot be learning. “B” is for behaviour. If the behaviour in the classroom is a distraction, then once again, this will effect learning. “C” is for confidence, which is much broader. It is not just the children’s confidence in their learning, it is also the confidence of the parents and community in the school, which requires them to be in partnership with the school regarding the children’s learning.
What can you do to help at home?
Please take the time to look at this year’s targets and identify how you can support us in your children’s learning. Research has shown that those schools where parents are actively involved in their children’s education produce better learning outcomes for the children and in turn the community they are involved in.