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Vital Communication

Last week on Senior Campus, we conducted our first series of Student-Parent-Student-Teacher Interviews for 2021. These interviews are an opportunity for parents and students to meet with staff to discuss progress within specific subject areas. You will notice the inclusion of the word ‘student’ in this title. We have recognised the importance of student attendance at these interviews to be involved in the ongoing discussions and consequent actions about their learning journey. Students must start to take ownership of their learning. The teaching staff has a range of strategies to support learning and enable high-quality student outcomes. We believe that if teachers, students, and parents build strong relationships, they can work together to improve learning outcomes.  

Constructive feedback is a handy tool, and one way to receive this information is via Parent-Student-Teachers Interviews. John Hattie, a leading researcher in education, states that ‘feedback is among the most powerful influences on achievement.’ It is the chance to reflect upon and evaluate progress. At Woodleigh, we are committed to supporting all students to find success in their learning through an approach that places emphasis on five key elements: Real-World Learning, Formative Feedback, and Reflection, Capabilities for Living and Learning, Student Agency, and Wellbeing and Engagement. Importantly, each piece maintains a solid link to the school’s traditional strengths concerning teaching and learning while also defining clear directions for further innovation and improvement. Through regular reflection and collaboration with staff and parents, students can determine the strategies they need to employ to improve their personal best in subject areas.  

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Through the IB MYP and Senior Years Program, we strive to develop reflective learners. We encourage our students to understand their strengths and weaknesses to support their learning and personal development. The information and feedback provided in the classroom and on SEQTA are vital to enhancing this conversation between you, as the parent, and your child about their progress. Shortly, you will receive feedback about your child’s approach to learning relevant to specific subject areas. It encourages discussion around their learning habits, and I urge students to seek feedback about improvement strategies. Please use the Parent-Student-Teacher interviews and other relevant information on SEQTA to instigate a dialogue with your children about their learning journey.  

You can also further assist your children by ensuring that they have a solid homework and revision timetable. If they would like assistance with this, students can speak to either their Tutor or Homestead Coordinator to assist with developing a study routine at home. I encourage students to use the after-school Homework Club to support the sound consolidation of knowledge in subject areas. 

Mobile Phones

We would like to remind our Year 7-10 students that the Woodleigh Mobile Phone Policy clearly states that mobile phones should be stored in their lockers for the entire school day. This also includes break times. If a student needs to contact their family, they can report to the main reception, where they will facilitate a phone call home. It would be greatly appreciated if you could discuss this with your children to support their development and wellbeing. 

As we near the end of term, I would like to extend my thanks to all students and their families for a wonderful start to the senior campus year. I wish you a fantastic Easter spent with family and friends and hope you have the opportunity for a restful break. We look forward to seeing you refreshed and ready for Term 2 on Tuesday, 20 April.  

NATALIE MCLENNAN
Deputy Principal - Head of Senior Campus

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