From the Head of the Preparatory School
Literacy at Prep
This morning we held the second of our COVID Coffee Catch up sessions via Teams. The focus of the session was on K-2 Reading with particular focus on how students develop the building blocks of literacy and the skill of reading.
Some of the key messages shared on the evening were as follows:
- The development of literacy skills is complex – there are many aspects to literacy including phonics, phonemic awareness, spelling, writing, reading fluency and accuracy, comprehension, speaking and listening and critical and creative thinking.
- Students’ development of literacy skills is both incremental and individual. It is critically important not to compare students…they all have their own unique learning journey that is guided and supported by the teachers.
- Parents play a key role in the development of literacy skills, particularly reading through encouragement, modelling and engaging in conversations about literature.
Further information about our approach to K-2 Reading can be obtained by contacting your son’s class teacher or by making contact with Mrs Hitz-Morton or Mrs Evans.
COVID Coffee Catch ups
Details about our upcoming COVID Coffee Catch ups can be found below.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents about the future catch ups that are planned and how they will work.
- Week 7 – Friday 12th March 9:00-9:45am – Spelling – Learning more about Spelling – how is the same and different from when we were at school? Audience – K-6 parents.
- Week 8 – Friday 19th March 9:00-9:45am – PYP for beginners – learning more about the PYP framework and how best to engage with the boys at home about their learning. Audience – new parents to the School or those wanting a refresher.
- Week 9 – Friday 26th March 9:00-9:45am – Q&A (or a general chat) with the Prep Executive. Audience – all parents.
How will COVID Coffee Catch ups work?
We are planning a series of Microsoft Teams meetings that parents can drop into with their morning coffee. The sessions will take place each Friday morning between 9:00-9:45am and will range from open question and answers sessions with the Prep Executive Staff through to information sessions targeted towards a particular group of parents on a specific topic. We hope that parents will use these catch ups as an opportunity to increase the connection they have with the School during this unusual time. We will try this approach for the remainder of Term 1 to see if it helps to fill the void that currently exists.
On Wednesday evening it was wonderful to be able to welcome parents onsite after hours to conduct our Auxiliary meeting for March. Beyond the meeting, it was the first time most parents had seen our new portable building, currently housing our Stage 3 students while the building works are taking place. All of the parents agreed that they were a significant improvement on our memories of demountable buildings from when we were at school.
As always, the Auxiliary Meeting presented an opportunity to speak about the importance of community and partnership between home and school. It was really nice to be joined by a number of parents who are new to our community. Whilst COVID restrictions continue to limit activities, the Auxiliary remain committed to come up with creative ways to develop connections across the community and to support the School.
This week was another significant week with the Llandilo Development as the concrete for the upper ground floor and stairs were poured on Monday. The building is really starting to take shape which is tremendously exciting.
Trinity Soloist Competition
The heats of the annual soloist competition were held during the week. This year there were 26 entrants from the Prep School which is our largest ever contingent. Congratulations to the following boys who will be performing at the Finals Concert:
Junior Section: David Chang (Guitar), Adam Jeroncic (Cello), Aaron You (Piano)
Intermediate Section: Lewis Wang (Piano), Thomas Lee (Guitar), Marvin Xu (Violin).
In Week 8 of this term class teachers will begin hosting Three Way Conferences in Kindergarten to Year 6 (and Parent Teacher Conference in Pre-K) to discuss the boys’ initial progress and their learning goals for the year ahead. In Years 1 to 6 these conferences will be supported by each student’s most recent MAP results which highlight his growth in Mathematics and Reading.
An email was sent home earlier in the week with information about the online booking system. I encourage you to make this meeting a high priority and to book in a time for you and your son to meet with the teacher. The online system will be the only way to book a conference with your son’s classroom teacher during this period. If you need support with this, please contact the School Office.
Communication between home and school is vital to ensure that your son is progressing in his education. The conference offers the opportunity to discuss your son’s learning with the teacher and for your son to be involved in his own education. Positive and constructive feedback, and open dialogue have the potential to improve motivation, address difficulties, inform goal setting and enhance learning.
IPSHA Swimming Team
Congratulations to the Swimming Team on their performances at IPSHA on Tuesday. As a result, a huge representation of 6 swimmers, including the Senior Relay Team, have qualified for the CIS Championships on Thursday 18th March. Trinity Prep continued our recent strong standing at this event with a strong team performance. Congratulations to the entire team – a truly wonderful effort!
CAS Swimming Championships
Next Thursday evening the CAS Swimming Championships (Combined Associated Schools – Barker, Cranbrook, Knox, St Aloysius, Trinity & Waverley) will be held at Homebush and it is one of the premiere school swimming events for secondary schools. Congratulations to Jaemin Yoo who has been selected to be part of the CAS Team. This is an outstanding achievement for a Year 6 student. The CAS Swimming is an extremely exciting event. Good luck Jaemin!
Chris Wyatt | Head of the Preparatory School
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