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Students Can & Do Make a Difference

At Mount Ousley we encourage students to find their voice and speak up for causes they're passionate about. This week has been extraordinary.

A stage 3 classroom discussion about current affairs led to an entire class designing a campaign to speak up against racism. It makes me enormously proud that a group of 11 and 12 year olds has committed to try to change the way in which the world so often perceives Muslims. No challenge is ever too big!

Student Reflection

Getting kids to reflect on their learning has been one of the most important things we’ve woven into our school culture. When learners reflect there is real potential for deeper learning and a growth in self-esteem.

The Changing Face of Education

The world around us is constantly changing, so why wouldn’t education keep changing too? For a long while, education in fact didn’t change a great deal, but now, that’s all different.

Until recently, many of the established norms within the schooling system were at odds with what was occurring in the real world. For example, technology in schools was largely seen as something that should be kept quite separate from our core business of teaching children to read, write and be numerate.

Student Led Conferencing

Student led conferences will be conducted in June and will supplement mid year written reports. But why are we introducing the conferences?

One of the school's 3 strategic directions is to implement world's best teaching and learning practices. Underpinning so much of what we do in this domain is the need for students to be actively involved in their own learning. We want children to take ownership of what they do at school and constantly reflect on their learning.

NAPLAN Reflections

In a couple of weeks students in Years 3 and 5 will sit the NAPLAN tests. While these assessments can provide some data on how children are faring in literacy and numeracy, the data is limited and can actually be misleading.

Let's take the writing assessment, for example. Ask yourself what writing skills you believe are important for assessing the ability of young writers. Sure, writing well-structured texts with at least a reasonable level of spelling accuracy is important, but of course there's so much more than that to being a proficient writer.

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