Thank you to the 108 parents who completed the recent survey put out by Lutheran Education Australia. Strong trends for Grace Lutheran Primary School includedTeachers having high expectations for each child’s learning
- There are high behavioural expectations
- That staff care about every child
- That Gospel Values are taught at school
- Our strong, connected community
Typical of our positive comments were
The school is very welcoming and has a good community feel
- It is a loving, caring, inclusive school.
I like the facilities, they are clean and modern.
Great school community.
Noted in our feedback was parents asking for more information about how children learn and how parents can support this at home, so we will respond to this by looking into more parent information sessions over the next 12 months. Students in Years 5 and 6 were also asked to fill out the survey and some of their positive trends were
They felt safe at school
They have good friends at school
Their teachers take time to explain things to them more than once if they don’t fully understand the first time
Typical of the students’ comments were
I have lots of friends and there are amazing and fun teachers
I like how the school helps you to make good friends and helps you to learn
Teachers want me to work hard at school and yet they don’t force me
The classrooms are open and nice
Again, I am appreciative of the families and students who spent time participating in the survey as the feedback really helps our future planning.
Numeracy Help at Home
Last Ripples, I spoke about how parents supporting students literacy at home is really noticeable in their results and achievements at school. Parents also can have a very strong influence on teaching numeracy and mathematical concepts at home. Strong mathematicians develop the skill of thinking mathematically in all things and this can be great fun to do as a family. Telling the time is the first and most natural thing parents can teach at home. Don’t forget an analogue clock as this is needed in our curriculum still. Seeking out patterns in our world, especially in nature but also in the built environment helps students’ geometrical and spatial awareness. Doing real life tasks such as helping with shopping can help students learn about measurement, money and counting. Ask your children to find 5 carrots or for older students compare the packaging and which article has better value per gram. It slows down your shopping but there are strong mathematical skills to be learned. Asking students from about Year 3 or 4 to cook a meal (obviously with your supervision) can really help with measurement, counting and process.
My favourite ‘game’ to play with my children when they were about in Year 4 was counting how many grocery bags we had and then dividing them between how many people were in the car to work out how many we had to carry into the house and how many extra mum had to carry! Division is really tricky until it has real life application. As with teaching literacy at home, teaching numeracy can be terrific fun and more of a game than ‘just more school work’ so I urge parents to find ways to engage your children in thinking mathematically as part of real life tasks as they grow and learn at home and in school.
Trudy Moala, Principal