In this issue
Students wear sunglasses in honour of how teachers brighten their lives
Today students and parents showed their support for the work of teachers as they celebrated World Teachers’ Day.
A campaign to acknowledge the important work of teachers launched with a new report that highlights the important link between teachers feeling valued and positive outcomes for students.
The Spotlight report, Teaching: A valued profession, reveals that although the community supports teachers, they are much more circumspect about feeling valued. Ensuring teachers feel valued in society and are satisfied with their jobs is integral to teachers having positive attitudes about their work and ability to influence student achievement. They are more likely to engage in continuous professional development, improve confidence and satisfaction, and remain in the profession.
The report highlights a 2019 Monash University study which found that while 82 per cent of the public felt teachers were respected and 93 per cent of the public felt that teachers were trusted, only 29 per cent of teachers felt that the Australian public appreciated them. Similarly, the 2018 OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) shows only 45 per cent of Australian teachers in lower secondary schools believe that the teaching profession is valued by society.
The difference between what the public thinks and what teachers think comes down to several factors, including the negative portrayals of teaching that dominate the media. For example, an analysis of newspaper headlines and articles between April 2017 and March 2018 in Queensland, found that over half of the 270 relevant articles expressed a negative attitude toward the teaching profession, while only 31 per cent were positive and 14 per cent were neutral.
“This year has shown us just how agile, committed and dedicated our teachers can be in the face of tremendous stress and upheaval,” AITSL CEO Mark Grant said.
“Now, more than at any time, we have the opportunity to better understand what is involved in successful teaching, and to recognise the fundamental value that teachers provide to the community.
“As we approach World Teachers’ Day in 2020 this report is an important reminder of the incredible value that the community sees in our teachers. In a year unlike any other let’s join together to celebrate our amazing teachers,” Mark Grant said.
“World Teachers’ Day on 30 October is the perfect opportunity to show our teachers how much we value them, we support them, and we acknowledge the brilliant work they do every day to advance the learning lives of students across Australia,” Mark Grant said.
Tuesday 3rd Michele S
Wednesday 4th Maryanne R
Thursday 5th Ling C, Natasha H
Friday 6th Rhonda P, Stacey C, Bec B
Tuesday 10th Michele S
Wednesday 11th Maryanne R
Thursday 12th Tui M, Deneice P
Friday 13th PUPIL FREE DAY
This term in week 2 we had two teams represent our school in the 2020 basketball carnival.
Girls: The girl’s team played 4 games in pool A and a grand final. We played our first game against Ingle Farm winning by a tremendous amount. Second was one of the toughest games against St Dominics where we were neck and neck for the first half but then stole the game and won by 8 points. The final two games in our pool were against Stradbroke and Northfield. We stayed ahead the whole time and eventually won by over 10 points in both games. We ended the day, top of pool A and had a grand final against Highbury. The grand final was a complete nail-biter, a close game the whole 15 minutes until we ended up with an 8 all tie, we had to go into a 3 minute overtime. It was a tough match with seconds in it but we ended up losing by 1 point: 9 -10. We played incredibly well and were so close.
Boys: The boys team played 6 games in total before the finals. The first game was against Ingle Farm and we won by lots and everyone had a great game. The second game was Stradbroke, the boys had an amazing game winning by about seven points. It was a close game but Ardtornish finished off the job at the end. Game three was against Northfield. We won by 11 points and did amazing. Game 4 was the hardest for Ardtornish before the finals. We versed Trinity South and it was a close game. The lead changed back and forth but Ardtornish pulled it off at the end to win 18-11. The last game before the finals was against Ridgehaven. Ridgehaven put up a good fight but Ardtornish were too strong. We were so determined to get into the finals and we did it.
The Grand final was between Ardtornish and Highbury. Ardtornish got off to a good start but Highbury was putting so much pressure on us and it just wasn’t our day. Highbury won 15-5 with a disappointing loss for us.
As a school we are so very proud of both Ardtornish teams. They played very well and they should be proud of themselves for what they have accomplished and for being the first Ardtornish basketball teams to reach the grand final.
Thank you to Deb Pryor and Katrina Ranford for coaching the teams, we appreciate all your hard work and dedication. Thanks also to Katherine Nairn and Lisa Bruni who scored for every game and to all of the parents who assisted with transport and came out to support us.
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