Praise for settling in quickly
Students at Woy Woy Public School have been praised by joint principals Ms Ona Buckley and Mr Dan Betts for settling into the new school year quickly.
"Over the last few weeks our students have been settling into their new classes, new routines and new teachers for 2020," the principals wrote in a jointly-signed article in the school newsletter.
"It is fantastic to see how positive our school is and how engaged and happy our students are.
"Our new little pre-schoolers have adjusted to their new environment and are happily engrossed in the interest play based world of our preschool.
"They love to play, explore, design, make, experience, interact and discuss what they are doing with each other and their educators.
"Our Kindergarten students are loving big school and are already doing their Language, Learning and Literacy lessons on their way to starting to read.
"It is most definitely a fun way to learn to read.
"Teachers on Kindergarten and Stage 1 classes are excited to be starting down the road to introducing more play-based learning into the school day for our students.
"Plans for purchasing more equipment, furniture and learning activities are well on the way.
"Professional learning is being scheduled for teachers to visit other schools trialling this new approach and to have experts come in and work with them.
"Over the next two weeks, you will have had the chance to attend information sessions on what is happening for your child in 2020.
"We are very excited about all the innovative changes we have implemented across our school for 2020.
"Feedback so far from parents, students and teachers has been extremely positive.
"Our new four break times spread across the school learning day are working well.
"Over the last few years we were registering a lot of playground incidents during the longer lunch break.
"In the first two weeks of Term 1 in 2019 a total of 79 playground incidents were recorded.
"In the same period this year, only one very minor incident occurred and that makes for happy students, teachers and parents.
"We have also noticed students are more engaged during lesson sessions.
"All very welcome, positive outcomes."
Newsletter, 21 Feb 2020
Ona Buckley and Dan Betts, Woy Woy Public School