Boneo Buzz: 28th August
Dear Parents and Carers,
We were so excited this week to offer our students an opportunity to celebrate their learning with the most important people in their lives. Research is strong about the importance and impact student led conferences have on learning growth. Celebrations of learning are more than a display of student work and more than a party at the end of the year. Student Led Conferences compel students to tell the story of their learning by reflecting on and articulating what they have learned, how they learned, questions they answered, research they conducted, and areas of strength and challenge. They are powerful opportunities to make learning public.
Our Prep to Year 3 students participated in what we call Learning Partner Conferences, which involves the student discussing their learning and understanding with their parents and teacher, who are responsible for supporting the student through this process. Students reflect upon work samples, products and performances they have chosen with guidance from their teacher. Student, teacher and parents, collaborate to establish and identify student’s strengths and areas for improvement. This may lead to the setting of new goals, with everyone determining how they can support the achievement of these goals.
Students in Years 4 to 6 are responsible for leading what we call Student Led Conferences by using different learning situations and work samples that have been previously discussed and prepared with the teacher. The student identifies strengths and areas for improvement.
Like never before, parent, teacher and student partnership is stronger due to remote learning which gives us a compelling reason to come together and celebrate our partnership in learning!
It was fantastic to see our students from Years 3 to 6 taking part in the Future Byte workshop on Thursday, run by an educational philanthropic organisation – Real Time Learning. This organisation is responsible for our school’s ‘Adopt an Engineer Program’ with Akash.
This opportunity allowed our students to see how you can take your passion for STEM and apply it within different industries. The students were connected with speakers who work within CAD design, Augmented Reality, app building, coding, robotics and engineering within factories. The most inspiring guest speaker was Nicole Brown from Engineer Australia, who spoke about the connection that STEM has in helping to improve our future through innovation. Nicole’s message to the students really promoted the ideal that by meeting more people around the world, you can understand more of the world’s problems and workout ways to help others around the world through creative solutions. The biggest take away for our students was to explore their own passions within STEM and allow them to naturally evolve as they grow through their own experiences.
National Science Week
It has been so rewarding to see our families working together to explore the elements of science during National Science Week.
We had a diverse range of learning taking place at home from pictures, to diagrams and experiments that we would like to share. Don’t forget to watch last week’s assembly too, celebrating National Science week as a whole school.
Snapshot of Learning this Week
Prep Word of the Week – ‘Beach’
Student Led Conferences
Wednesday 26th & Friday 28th August
Wednesday 2nd September
Please see details on Compass and in this edition of the Buzz
2021 Prep Parent Information Session
Tuesday 8th September
Please see details emailed to parents 19th August