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2 Mar 2020
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Collapse  NEWS NEWS
Anglican parish decides to sell St Andrews church
Tesch calls for more Return and Earn machines
Beach sculptures 'pop up' after storms
Future of Peninsula real estate given mixed assessment
Biddy turns 103
Work starts on traffic measures in Memorial Ave
Discussion about Mt Ettalong reserve plan invited
Mattress recycle project may extend to Woy Woy tip
All future council meetings to be held in Wyong
Council supports Coastal Twist festival with $50,000
Chair of Local Planning Panel announced
Springwood St seniors housing project to start this year
Two road projects approved
Local author's story included among 100
Rotary club hosts 20 exchange students for weekend
Golden retriever starts fortnightly visits
CWA branch receives donation for sock campaign
Evening patchwork in Ettalong
Village residents raise $1050 for bushfire appeal
Company grows from Ettalong lounge room
Union claims power delays due to job cuts
Rotary club provides shirts for Ugandan school teachers
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Pacific Link proposal reduces social housing
Rubbish spoils thoroughfare to beach
Repeating an action and expecting a different result?
Council has always been opposed to Wallarah 2
Collapse  HEALTH HEALTH
Woy Woy Hospital to receive four new nurses
Clowns entertain aged care residents
Golf club donates pumps for 'chemo at home'
Hosts wanted for mental health barbecues
Collapse  ARTS ARTS
Two contribute to award-winning film
Collapse  EDUCATION EDUCATION
School adopts web software for administrative efficiency
Laptops and smartboards usher in new era
Leave precious items at home, parents warned
Canteen manager celebrates 25 years
Sunscreen and mosquito repellent use encouraged
Learning to make sushi
Annabelle returns with medals
Student artworks chosen for regional exhibition
School library transformed to match book fair theme
Charlotte receives scholarship for further education
Parents reminded about cycling helmets
Students selected for mentoring program
A taste of rugby league
Praise for settling in quickly
Splash-A-Thon to be held at Umina
Education department officials visit school
Staff win first round of volleyball tournament
Four well-being programs are offered
Science and technology program for indigenous girls
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Umina boxers in Olympic qualifying round
Soccer club rejoins Premier League after 30 years
Social cup celebrates 40 years of touch football
Spirit beaten for minor premiership in narrow win
Surf club member to provide livestream coverage
Pirates win medals in country championships
Narrowly beaten for bronze
Surf club mourns loss of long-time member
Major Fours hotly contested

School adopts web software for administrative efficiency

Pretty Beach Public School has adopted web-based software to streamline the school's administration, starting this term.

Principal Ms Karen Wardlaw said: "There will be changes to the way we do simple things such as mark rolls and respond to attendance issues.

"It will have a significant effect on how we centrally store, access and evaluate student data and the way we monitor student well-being.

"There will be changes to assessment and reporting processes as well as how we communicate with parents.

"As each of these individual changes to processes are implemented, we will be letting our parents know so that we all feel comfortable and confident with new, streamlined practices," Ms Wardlaw said.

"Another big change, linked to the introduction of the Sentral software, relates to our school Learning Support Team and related systems of support for meeting the individual needs of all our learners.

"Strong learning support processes need to start with early and systematic collection of relevant student data so that we can identify and support individual student needs as early as possible.

"Of course, strong Learning Support Team processes will also support our 'at stage' and 'high potential' learners so that they, too, are meeting or exceeding expected growth.

"This year we will be also developing new systems of support across the school to make it easier to collect and evaluate student wellbeing data.

"Our goal is to ensure that students who are at risk of social or intellectual disengagement from school are identified as soon as possible and supported with individualised plans to increase engagement at school.

"As we embed these new systems, there will be increased communication with parents.

"We also endeavour to have parents more effectively contributing to the development of individual student learning plans or wellbeing plans," Ms Wardlaw said.

"Along with these new systems of support, our teaching team are currently working on a process of shifting from using classroom peg charts to visual support strategies associated with the Zones of Regulation.

"The Zones of Regulation allow students to use a shared language to categorise complex feelings in a simple and non-judgemental way and allows teachers to support students to recognise not only how they are feeling but how they can 'get back in the zone'.

"As our students learn about the learning zone and how they can use simple strategies to self regulate their own behaviour, our parents will be hopefully learning with us, too.

"We will be sharing our Zones of Regulation lessons online so that parents can be involved, learn with us and use the associated language.

"We hope that families, too, will benefit from these positive strategies at home as well as at school," Ms Wardlaw said.

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