Description: On Innovation Day you saw students redefining the content of what they are learning through meaningful problem solving and developing creative solutions to complicated tasks.
Traditionally schools have given the students the problem and solutions to work through or a formula to solve it.
We want our students to create and add value to their education by identifying problems worth solving and then collaborate to explore creative solutions.
Here's a snapshot of the day.
Description: The Principal set the House Captains a challenge to address inappropriate behaviour at school and this is what they came up with. The House Captains step us through expectations, school rules and how to respond when things are not going well.
Description: Foundation Class demonstrating “Peoples Choice Voting”
I was fortunate enough to be in the multipurpose room taking some footage of the Year 5 and year 6 Archibald entries when one of the foundation classes arrived to examine the artworks and vote. Here’s the way they went about it. They certainly took their role very seriously.
Description: Students are already reaping the benefits of our future-focused strategic thinking.
Our senior students have a huge influence on other students. We expect our Year 6 students to show initiative and lead by example. Meet Sera, Natasha and Giulio from Year 6V and listen to them tell you about a technology they are using for the first time.
Description: Ivanhoe Primary School is committed to the wellbeing and academic achievement of all students. Everyone has a right to feel safe and secure, and everyone is charged with the responsibility to treat others with compassion, respect, dignity and care.
During Wellbeing Week we have been consistently amazed by the capacity of our students from Foundation to Year 6 to be kind, empathetic and inclusive. Here are some of our Year 4s with a skit created on an iPad. Scripted , filmed and edited by Year 4K.
Description: 4K have been participating in Reader’s Theatre plays. We have been really enjoying performing our plays to the class and we wanted to share our most recent play with the school community.
This week’s play is called, ‘The Little Boy’s Secret.’ Watch and enjoy! Thank you from 4K
Description: Students of IPS sharing where they got their hat from.
Last Wednesday around 60 students from Foundation to Grade 3 travelled to the Distance Education Centre in Thornbury where students listened to the story “I got this Hat” and participated in some activities relating to the story. It was an exciting opportunity for students to participate in a literacy lesson conducted outside of the traditional classroom setting and work with different teachers and students.
At the same time back at Ivanhoe Primary School classes were to log into the live stream of the event and participate online. We had some success and other classes improvised coming up with their own activities. Here is 1/2O using digital learning technologies to showcase their work.
Description: At Ivanhoe Primary School we have been learning how to use all kinds of new digital learning technologies and relating them to our teaching and learning. This is a terrific example of using iMovie to make and tell a story in an unusual way. You can feel the tension build with the choice of music and clever use of text. Awesome work 4L.
Description: Do you ever wonder what goes on during Curriculum Days? This Curriculum Day focused on teaching and learning with digital technologies. We got to experiment with a variety of programs and applications some of which your children will be using at school over the course of the year. Many of these things are made possible with the generous support of the school community. If you haven't done so already please subscribe to the digital learning technologies Co-contribution through the school office.
Description: A number of Year 3 students were keen to make a difference to the school. They identified a number of areas for improvement and settled on a goal of raising enough money to buy a book for the school library. They submitted their plan to the principal and managed their own marketing. Well done girls we will make sure your name goes inside the book to recognise your work. Thank you.
Description: Skoolaborate is a partnership that allows like-minded schools (innovative, creative, future thinking) an opportunity to transform teaching and learning within their schools by exploring blended learning opportunities.
Research suggests that blended and online learning offer greater results in areas such as test scores, retention and discipline. This project aims to take advantage of those positive outcomes.
It also allows partner schools the opportunity to explore options around increasing student attendance and expanding academic offerings via online delivery and participation externally.
A Skoolaborate partnership can expand what each school can offer as a single entity. It also creates collaborative staff and independent students that will lead to improved outcomes for all students.
By participating in the partnership each school will be up skilling their teaching workforce with the skills and standards that will be expected in 21st century teaching.
Staff will become competent in the use of internet technologies for the delivery of educational experiences using 21st century pedagogy. They will also develop the processes and procedures necessary to work with students who attend both physically and from a distance.
Description: Described by a boy with autism.
My friend Heather has a son with autism and on seeing this video said the following.
"Its why they stim and check out its sensory overload at all times. Malls are bad for us after about 45mins. I remember when we couldnt go to shoppers drug mart because of the florescent lights when he was little he would absolutely lose it. He'd scream and throw himself down and id have to grab what i needed hold him restrain him whatever i had to do to keep my spot in line. Get back to car and wait till it stopped so i could put him in carseat and calm us both down enough so i could drive."
Makes you think doesn't it.
Description: I am very pleased to announce that the Minister for Education’s office has approved a funding allocation of $2,000,000 to Ivanhoe Primary School to replace some relocatable classrooms and minor refurbishments to buildings in poor condition.
The Minister was clearly impressed by the quality of the educational programs he saw and agreed that improvements to the learning spaces were necessary.
I would like to thank our teachers and School Council president who joined with me on the Minister’s tour of the school to take a closer look at our facilities. The Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, James Merlino was particularly impressed with the calibre of our student House Captains who were able to clearly articulate a student voice that was representative of our school. I am quite certain that the sit down discussion between the Minister and the students contributed to this very favourable outcome.