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Collapse Issue 478 - 16 Sep 2019Issue 478 - 16 Sep 2019
Collapse  NEWS NEWS
Clydesdale horses visit aged care facility
Urban spatial plan goes on public exhibition
Testing 'stopped' of water blamed for pelican deaths
Only six Peninsula bike paths in list of 142
Peter Bagnall steps down as surf club president
Bushwalking family rescued after night outdoors
Electorate's community projects are on the Peninsula
Cafe owner asks for removal of conditions
Call for disability facilities in playground upgrades
Drifting yacht recoverd by RMS
Proposal for two-storey gym at Club Umina
Councillors differ on local planning panels
Umina skate park design report released
Three two-storey townhouse development replicated
Applications to demolish homes and erect townhouses
Short-term accommodation approved
Two homes to be replaced by double-storey building
Manufactured home approved under delegation
Council to set sports fields charges
Water restrictions being considered
Mayor and deputy mayor to face election
Program of events for 90th anniversary
Celebratory event has boutique wine and gourmet food
Girl Guides to celebrate 70 years
Ethan is organiser of school strike
Matthew Calbert is named Young Volunteer of the Year
CWA branch receives recognition statement
New Rotary club receives its charter
Men's Shed holds its Spring garage sale
Dog event raises $5000 for Guide Dogs
Nine trees planted in Springwood St
CWA branch has morning tea with youth service
Church holds service of appreciation
Rotary to use grant for aged care equipment
Rotary club hears about PCYC
Sites sign up for garage sale trail
Collapse  FORUM FORUM
Tree removal threatens local beauty
Thanks for rescuing me
The Great Uneducated?
Alleviation works fail to address flooding problem
Collapse  HEALTH HEALTH
Brenda receives her OAM for stroke awareness
Finalist in business awards
Hospital staff take colourful approach to Stroke Week
Surf club takes on RUOK Day message
Scuba diving offered as physical therapy
Surgeon accredited to use laser for haemorrhoids
Collapse  ARTS ARTS
Bouddi arts trail over long weekend
Jazz, roots and blues singers at folk club
New musical is 'proof of concept'
Exhibition to launch Coastal Twist Festival
MP supports Rainbow Windows competition
Artisan market at Woy Woy
Umina resident helps organise women's jazz festival
Collapse  EDUCATION EDUCATION
Students use 3D printer
College welcomes new Umina principal
First excursion for kindergarten students
Keearn makes national Oztag team
Goalball teams play in State championships
Logs have 'mysteriously disappeared'
Annabelle's success continues
Teacher honoured with Education Week award
Pretty Beach staff members honoured
Students raise $1000 in backpack challenge
Superheroes in parade
Students take part in Cultural Continuum excursion
Working bee results in new look garden beds
College students and staff visit Empire Bay
Students raise funds for Legacy
Students show off cooking skills
Students paint with light
Brainstorming ways to make learning more innovative
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Jemma takes gold in canoe world championships
Umina crown NSW Surf Life Saving Club of the Year
Southern and Ettalong United defeated by Gosford City
Bailey makes finals of Ironman trials
Three boxers succeed at Queensland Golden Gloves
Asha to compete in dirt track titles
Women's Seven team hang up their boots
Roosters under-10 team undefeated in five years
Club offers free training in return for work
Rugby Union presentations

Brainstorming ways to make learning more innovative

Staff at Woy Woy Public School are currently brainstorming ways to make their approach to 21st century learning more innovative, according to principal Ms Ona Buckley.

"We are in a world of constant evolving change.

"Children of today live with artificial intelligence as part of their world and embrace technological advancements with ease.

"The way we teach children is evolving too.

"We cannot do what we have always done.

"The connected world demands creative, critical and analytical thinking in order to be part of a futuristic world.

"Jobs of today will be gone tomorrow.

"Communication has evolved and as we say, the world is at our fingertips.

"Our school staff have had many discussions on how to make our school more innovative in our approach to 21st century learning.

"Changes are being considered for 2020 to benefit students and connect more to the world they are now in and will be in the future as workers and perhaps leaders.

"We are considering a different teaching approach to bring change across Kindergarten to Year 2 and then a varied approach across Stage 2 and 3.

"Our Preschool is already aligned to discovery 'play-based' which promotes problem solving, creative and critical thinking and has a rating of Exceeding in all National Standards.

"We have many classes adopting a flexible approach to classroom spaces and furniture, and this is showing very positive results for student learning," Ms Buckley said.

Ms Buckley said the following brief would help inform play based learning at the school from next year.

"Staff at Woy Woy Public School have been working towards embedding individualised, interest-based learning at the core of our programs.

"Our journey towards inquiry-based or play based learning will begin next year when all teachers Kindergarten to Year 2 will initiate an investigative learning program that aligns with NSW outcomes.

"Research has shown that play-based or investigative learning environments ease the transition to school for Kindergarten students, since the learning environment is not such a big jump from the preschool.

"It allows for increased opportunities for the practical, daily application of contemporary learning skills (communication, collaboration, creative and critical thinking).

"The inquiry-based nature of play is supported through the social interactions of teachers and children.

"Teachers will use children's motivation and interests to explore concepts and ideas.

"In this way, children acquire and practice important academic skills and learning in a playful context.

"Investigative learning starts with the students.

"Teachers build a profile of each student's strengths, background and readiness.

"The traditional classroom set up of a desk for each student is replaced with stations, construction, sensory play, science, writing, numeracy or any topic that aligns with our current program.

"Stations display activities or materials that invite students to engage in a learning activity.

"Play based learning is purposeful.

"Teachers carefully and deliberately plan play-based experiences to help students learn in a way that is meaningful and enjoyable.

"Research shows play-based programs for children in the early years of school can provide a strong basis for later success.

"Our Kindergarten to Year 2 teachers are excited to promote this learning model and welcome you to visit their innovative learning environments," Ms Buckley said.

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