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Welcome Back to Term 3 2019

​Welcome back after the holidays and to Term 3 2019! I hope all families were able to relax and rejuvenate during the holidays.

I was lucky enough to spend a few days away exploring the McLaren Vale in South Australia before spending some time last week in Perth at the biennial Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange Conference. I was fortunate to participate in presentations from Italian educators from Reggio Emilia as well as a variety of speakers from across Australia. Holding true to a strong image of the child and the overriding principal of valuing childhood were two very strong themes at the conference which personally resonate with me as an educator and leader of young children.

As we continue to implement the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program, staff were immersed in two days of professional development on Monday and Tuesday this week. Our Own Director of Teaching and Learning and PYP Coordinator, Ms Jodie Kirchner was supported by two international presenters, Tania Mansfield who is currently the PYP Coordinator at the International School of Ho Chi Minh City and Rizza Nowelle Angeles from the Beacon School in the Philippines. The three PYP Trainers, provided all teachers and support staff from both Junior Campuses with rich and engaging professional learning to challenge and extend their understanding of the PYP.

As a follow-up to the staff professional learning, we invite all parents to an information evening about the PYP which will be held on Tuesday 6 August at the Penbank Campus commencing at 7pm. You will be provided with an opportunity to learn more about the program, its approaches to teaching and learning and our plans for its implementation. I look forward to seeing you there. Please see the separate flyer for registration details.