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Teaching and learning

Teaching and Learning – a team sport:


Families are a child’s first and most important teachers. Given that children are at school for about 30 hours of the week, best learning happens when families and schools work together. We need to know if there are things happening in your child’s life which will affect their ability to engage with their school life. We will share information about your child at school when the reverse may be true. The most effective way to contact your child’s teacher with general information is through email. If you need to talk to your child’s teacher, please make an appointment. Before and after school, classrooms are very busy places, and a teacher will often not be able to give your matter the attention needed. Teachers will generally not take phone calls during the school day.

At the start of each term, a general overview of the learning and events ahead for each year level, and our specialist classes, will be posted on our website. These are intended as a guide for families, and additional details about specific activities will be distributed as required.

Well-being:


Personal well-being of children and adults is central to learning. Our “You Can Do It” program is one resource to teach children the importance of characteristics such as resilience, persistence, confidence, organisation and getting along. In addition to this program, in 2016 we have initiated GYM (Grow Your Mind) Weeks across the school. These weeks, generally at the beginning or end of terms, will give opportunity for teachers to take time to study areas of interest in further depth, set creative challenges and explicitly teach creative and critical thinking strategies which can be applied to all curriculum areas. Our first week of school was a GYM Week, and all about settling into the school year, routines and organisation, and getting to know children, adults and various areas of the school.

If you are interested in supporting your child’s well-being, there are many useful websites and apps available.

Smiling Mind app for mindfulness and relaxation

Michael Carr-Gregg, an adolescent and child psychologist, with many resources for parents

Andrew Fuller, an adolescent and child psychologist, supporting children and families

National Safe Schools Hub, for resources and support for children and families

Triple-P Positive Parenting, for resources and courses to support families

Please contact your child’s teacher if you are concerned about your child’s well-being.

All children have a right to an education:


All children have a right to an education with their peers. As a Queensland state school, we are proud to offer an education to all, regardless of ethnicity, cultural or economic background, religion or ability. At Highfields State School, to cater for their students, teachers maintain a child-centred focus on their work. This requires that programs be differentiated or targeted to meet the needs of individuals, based on knowledge of the students, their prior learning and attributes. We have a range of support teachers and additional staff who work with classroom teacher to provide intervention, support or enrichment as needed.

Homework Policy:


The school Homework Policy​ is a joint agreement between the school and families through the P&C. Individual teachers determine homework for their students within the guidelines of this policy. If you have questions about your child’s homework, please make an appointment to discuss with your child’s teacher.

Reporting about your child’s learning:


“Is my child learning? Do they know what they should for their age or year level?” For parents and carers, these are often the most important questions they ask their child’s teacher. Children need to know they are learning, achieving and improving, and families need to know the same.

Teachers will give children daily written and verbal feedback about how their learning is progressing. Children will also be asked to reflect on their learning in a range of ways, and how well they feel their learning is progressing.

Reporting to parents and carers happens in a number of formal methods throughout the year.

Approximate timing

Method of reporting

End Term 1

Parent-Teacher Interviews face-to-face

End Term 2

Written reports emailed

August

NAPLAN Reports sent  (Years 3 & 5)

End Term 3

Parent-Teacher Interviews face-to-face

End Term 4

Written reports emailed

 

Parents and carers are always welcome to make an appointment with their child’s teacher to discuss learning.

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