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13 Jul 2020
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War memorial to get a facelift
Crouch defends need for $7 million roundabout
Bays group has second attempt to elect committee
Community group seeks upgrade to pedestrian crossing
Roadwork funding for Hillview St and North Burge Rd
Council introduces tree register nomination fee
Residents call for Umina Mall buildings to be razed
Free wifi at Woy Woy station
Coastal open space retained in planning statement
Volunteer-run club aims to raise $100,000
Woy Woy tip fees help fund Council solar power project
Councillors to vote on own pay rise
Opposition leader joins Tesch in preschool call
Harwin reinstated as State Government Minister
Maurie Ellis dies - 60 years on the Peninsula
Rotary club holds virtual dog show
New Rotary club keeps most of board for second year
Community group restarts its dunecare program
Bays bushcare group resumes
Garden tour and induction day
Association re-opens Wagstaffe Hall
Charity group holds gathering at Hardys Bay
Wagstaffe Square revitalisation continues
Help wanted for Pretty Beach bushcare
A chance to work in the 'most incredible locations'
Public transport capacity limits eased
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Lockdown library service appreciated
We are losing trees in reserves and on private land
Shuddered at Mt Ettalong Reserve plan
Does Council respond any better than Planning Panel?
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Tesch calls for funding for mental health organisation
Shopping centre donates $3500 to community nurses
Aged care executive says bonus splits workforce
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Young Umina actor to take lead role in Kings Cross play
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Students celebrate International Mud Day
Search finds no asbestos contamination
School planning welcomed at Woy Woy
Education Week to be shared online at Woy Woy South
School to hold kindergarten student interviews
School sets new dates for school photographs
Normal school library rules to apply next term
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Two bowlers could be in both pairs and singles finals
Singles and pairs played at Ettalong
Netball association seeks vice-president

School planning welcomed at Woy Woy

A new school planning exercise introduced by the Department of Education has been welcomed by Woy Woy Public School principal Ms Ona Buckley.

"The new plan will be called a Strategic Improvement Plan and will run over a four-year timeframe," she said.

"The school will be conducting a situational analysis."

Ms Buckley said this would determine where the school was now and where the school wanted to be, and would ask the question: "How good can we be?"

"Students, parents and staff will be consulted for opinions, suggestions and input.

"Data analysis will drive projections of future academic targets and student support.

"This process will start in Term 3 this year and the plan will be finalised at the end of Term 1 next year.

"This will be an exciting and worthwhile process as together we will strive to improve best practice and best results for our Woy Woy Public School students."

Ms Buckley said a staff development day on July 20 would start with a live stream from the Department of Education on "School Excellence in Action".

This would explain to staff how school planning would be done in the next planning cycle from 2021 to 2024, she said.

The day will also include a session on "Trauma-Informed Practice" by guest presenter Mr Bruce Donaldson.

Ms Buckley said: "This is timely given the very different and difficult situation we find ourselves in this year with the world wide pandemic.

"Many of us and our children are feeling the effects of what has been happening around us and teachers are aware our students can be suffering below the surface.

"This session will help teachers understand how this may be affecting students and what measures, ideas and interventions can best support them through this time."

Other sessions on the day will be led by staff.

A session will be held on the school's iPad bank, the apps that are for available, and connecting with curriculum delivery in classrooms.

Another session will be held on "Functional Behaviour Assessment".

Ms Buckley said: "This will include how to write an appropriate Individual Education Plan for students who need differentiation so they can successfully access the curriculum at their level and pace.

"Teachers have the most impact on the learning of students in their care and it is extremely important to update and increase their skills to best support our students."

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