Thank you very much for two great things you did this fortnight to support Wakefield School and your child’s learning: (1) coming to a learning conference with your child and (2) attending one of our parent information evenings on the changes we’re making to how we do things around here. We had 93 parents at the two information evenings and over 90% of families attending learning conferences. Brilliant!
After one of the meetings a parent told me, “I thought these new ideas meant my kid would be sitting on a bean bag in the corner playing games on an ipad. Now I get what it’s really about.”
Phew! I’m glad we cleared that up for at least one person. If you’re still imagining your child stuck in a corner with an ipad then please find out more about the changes we are making. How? Talk to your child, your child’s teacher, and me.
Also, if you’re happy to click links on websites, take a look at the new Wakefield Learner Profile please click here. This is what the changes are all about. We’re trying to set up a new way of learning at Wakefield School that will give your child a better chance of doing, being and knowing the things on the Learner Profile. What do you think of it? Do you agree that your child will be a powerful learner and, more importantly, a powerful person, if he or she masters the qualities on the profile? Are there things here that you would change, delete or add? Let me know – do it now by phone 021 047 01092 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s another fascinating document, please click here. You may have seen this already and doesn’t it make you stop and think? After six years of education James has done 5 times more reading than Travis, a whopping 17,000 minutes more practice, practice, practice. Travis may still be a good reader and strike out into a perfectly successful life; we’re not saying reading is the be-all and end-all of education but it is one of the foundations and, from these numbers, I’d back James to have the stronger foundation and perhaps a few more options for his future because of that.
We are still close enough to the start of the year to set up good habits for learning, so please take the message to support your child into good reading habits. You will be infinitely rewarded for your effort.
No, I’m not talking about film stars, but Out of School Care and Recreation: in other words, an after school (and perhaps before school) programme for children at Wakefield School. At present our children attend OSCAR at Brightwater School but there is an opportunity to set it up here at Wakefield. It all comes down to numbers and you can let me know your interest in two ways: right now by phone 021 047 1092 or email email@example.com, or you could join a parent focus group meeting to talk about what you’d like to see in an OSCAR programme at Wakefield School. The focus group meeting is Thursday 13 March 6.30-7.30pm in the library. Let me know if you will be there.
Have a beaut couple of weeks and thanks for all you do for your child and your school.
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