In this issue
10th - Pupil Free Day
14th – Disco
17th – 21st – Writers Festival F-3
19th – Sports Meeting 7pm
20th – Grounds Meeting 3.15pm
21st – SAPSASA Netball Yr 6/7
28th – Assembly
2nd - Father’s Day Stall
3rd - SAPSASA Girls Football
7th – Governing Council 7pm
Wed 12th Aug – Tue 18th Aug
Kira M, Shenae S & Krishea C
Wed 19th Aug – Tue 25th Aug
Cobey D, Jack R, Declan G
Wed 26st Aug – Tue 1st Sep
Rylen H, Matthew G, Hayden P
Please arrive by 8.25am
Reading Mentors: providing very helpful, cross age learning support.
Learning to read is a complex task and being a member of a community where everyone values reading positively enhances student’s reading development.
At Ardtornish we foster a community that values members encouraging and supporting each other, and the Reading mentor program is a perfect example of how older students contribute to building across year level relationships in a manner that helps younger students develop confidence and learning skills.
Pictured here, enjoying a story together, are Addison and Jack. Jack, as a year 7 student, is one of 45 students from Rooms 9 &10 who regularly listen to year R-2 students read. Once or twice a week, up to 18 students at a time run sessions after lunch for about 30 minutes.
Before taking on the role of a reading tutor the year seven students were taught how to support and encourage beginning readers to be successful by:
talking about the book before they start to read, encouraging them to sound out any unknown words they may encounter and asking them questions, to clarify their comprehension, when the story is completed.
The Reading Mentors use their Chromebooks to record the feedback they give to the students along with the title and genre of the books they read. These notes are completed in a Google Forms document and are immediately available to the student’s classroom teacher.
Through this process, younger students build not only their confidence as ‘readers’ but also their confidence mixing with older students who they come to see as supportive and friendly.
On this pupil free day, our staff will be working with other staff from schools in the Modbury Partnership (Modbury, Modbury West, Dernancourt and Highbury Primary Schools) to undertake joint learning about how to annotate and evaluate students mathematical work samples
This is being done to ensure that all teachers, across our sites, can accurately determine the learning achievement levels of student from A-E in a consistent and well moderated manner.