As the school year rapidly becomes ever closer, the work at our school is a mixture of the impressive day to day learning programs of literacy and numeracy along with our specialist programs, along with that which informs the concluding weeks of a school year....assessments, report writing, reflecting and planning for 2019.
Staff at Featherbrook College have quickly grown a reputation for their collaborative approach to their work, to provide excellent learning programs for our students, and for demonstrating one of our key 4 values, collaboration. Staff recently worked together to reflect on, analyse and evaluate the degree of achievement against our 2018 Annual Implementation Plan priorities, goals and targets (found on our website under the School Council menu tab), informing the strategic directional work of the college for 2019.
Remaining on the topic of our amazing staff, congratulations were in order for 6 of our graduate teachers who last week, presented to a panel, their evidence of achieving all 7 professional standards of which there are a total of 37 focuses and descriptors, such is this considerable body of work. A question of inquiry about their teaching underpinned the teachers' achievements, and in seeking to reflect on their practice through the process, resulted in improved practice as well as achieving full registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. Congratulations to Kayla Kelly, Karli Mynott, Louise Johnson (absent from the photo), Noah Kim, Ashlin Brown and Patrick Pawlukowski!
Thank you to all of our generous Featherbrook families who have inundated the school with Christmas goodies to place under the Salvation Army Angel Tree to support those in need over the festive season. The generous spirit of our college has really come to the fore. Our leadership students have needed to package up the gifts and goodies on a regular basis to make space for more items coming in every day. Again thank you to our open-hearted families; there is another week of opportunity to contribute.
Families received a newsfeed informing them of our off site evacuation drill undertaken last week. Students, staff and visitors to the school all responded to the announcement and the siren that followed and in a very orderly fashion, made their way along the evacuation pathways, arriving at the Featherbrook Community oval. After accounting for all, we returned to the school. The purpose of emergency drills such as this is most important and provides an experience on which students can reflect with their teachers and provide feedback on the success and efficiency of the drill processes and how we may improve so that safety under such circumstances may be further enhanced.
And a final post.......
........Assistant Principal Paul Bombaci and Year 2 / 3 Team Lead Jess De Bono enjoying the spoils of a recent staff lunchtime BBQ....our staff know collaboration in its many forms!