Welcome to Year Two at Orana. We are looking forward to a wonderful year working with your child and yourselves. We hope this information helps you with your child's education.
In order for our first day to run smoothly, we would appreciate that you bring:
- all items labelled, including individual pencils, textas and crayons
- all items to school in their original packets so that we can sort them
- 8 scrapbooks to school with cover sheet glued on with clear contact on top
- Cover pages for scrapbooks will be sent home at the end of Year 1 with a snap lock bag for extra stationery
- For Day 1 children must have the following items in their pencil case: 1 printing pencil, 1 eraser, 1 gluestick, coloured pencils, wind-ups, scissors, 1 sharpener
Library/Science - Tuesday
Music - Wednesday (2B), Friday (2W)
Sport - Wednesday
Italian - Thursday (2W), Friday (2B)
Parents/Carers play an essential role in student learning. Parents/Carers are a child's first and life-long educators and provide the class teacher with precious insights into their children's lives which,in turn, enable teachers to cater for individual needs. You also provide valuable assistance at home with the learning process. Students who see parents/carers and teachers working together generally feel safer at school and value education. We encourage parents/carers to assist with homework and ensure it is completed.
Please remember that these times are an approximation only. Some students will work faster or slower and adjustments may be needed to see them succeed. If you have concerns regarding your child's homework, please feel free to contact us.
Home Reading: 10 to 15 minutes reading aloud to an adult each night and signed in "My Home Reading Book."
Mylexia: In 2017 our class will be using an amazing Mylexia program. It is a learning tool that provides motivating, relevant and progressive tasks that enable all students to achieve success no matter their ability level.
Your child should aim to complete some Mylexia activities based on skills being taught in class each week; approximately 30 minutes per week.
Spelling: Your child will receive a spelling list each week based on a phonics program to learn.
Printing: Whilst practising words at home, your child needs to be writing neatly.
Orana has a Restorative Practices approach in place to help students and teachers deal with conflict. The program fosters relationship building, responsibility for their own behaviour, empathy, and focuses on fixing the harm done rather than punishing.
Please be aware that Orana has an 'allergy aware' policy. We have students with allergies in our classrooms and ask that you assist us by respecting this policy.
A child's birthday is a very exciting time and we know that many students like to bring in a special treat for their fellow classmates to celebrate. If you wish to send a treat to school please remember the 'allergy aware' policy when you make your selection. Lolly bags or cupcakes are great options. It would also be appreciated if the ingredients list of any store-bought cupcakes or treats is brought to school so we can can ensure the safety of those children who have allergies.
If your child is, or children are going to be absent from school on any given day please email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the link on the school website or the app before 9.15am on the morning of the absence.
Throughout the year teachers are consistently evaluating and monitoring the students skills and development in academic and social areas. This is done through observation, anecdotal records, tests, checklists and work samples. Comprehensive literacy tests are undertaken during 1st and 2nd semesters. From these results, those who need consolidation of skills will participate in small group work with the school Literacy Support Teacher or Class Teacher.
One formal parent interview will be conducted at the end of Term One. Interviews may also take place when the Teacher or Parent requires discussion.
Term 1: Formal Parent Interviews
Term 2: Semester 1 Report
Term 3: Open Night
Term 4: Semester 2 Report
We aim to keep the lines of communication between home and school open. We will contact you if the need arises and encourage you to do the same. You can email us or arrange a time to see us in person.
Please keep in mind that if you have an issue or matter to discuss the process is that you contact your classroom teacher first. If further support is required the Assistant Principal Emma Bell will be available. Following this, the matter can then be taken to the Principal if required.
All classroom matters, notes and notification of merit awards will be communicated digitally to you.
We will be using FreshGrade as a communication channel and a digital portfolio.
We also aim to keep you informed of what we are covering in class each term. We will provide you with a termly overview of topics and skills we are planning to cover as well as some weekly topics for revision or consolidation.
We will be using a Revision book which will contain a range of work covered in class and some assessments, which will be sent home approximately 3 times a term. We would like you to look at this work with your child, sign, comment and return to school. This is to assist you with seeing your child's progress throughout the term.
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We look forward to a happy year ahead.
Mrs Lynley Bowran, Mrs Erin Leech, Mrs Sue Tormay & Mrs Monica De Boni
Year 2 Teachers