From the Assistant Principal
Pivot Student Perception Survey
This year as part of our professional development program staff had been offered the opportunity to engage in one of four pathways to measure teacher effectiveness. This is a part of our ongoing commitment to improving teacher effectiveness. One of the pathways offered includes the use of the Pivot Perception Survey, a statistically reliable and valid survey that reflects the Australian Teaching Standards. The introduction of the Pivot Tool is closely aligned with our Annual Improvement Plan, which identifies our commitment to improving student voice in relation to their learning.
There is strong evidence to suggest that meaningful feedback provides value for the whole community. Most specifically it is expected to provide valuable insights for teachers which in turn will allow them to better meet the needs of their students. This initiative is part of our commitment to giving students a voice in relation to their learning. Research published by Pivot reports that when students have the opportunity to provide feedback and teachers respond to this accordingly the benefits are far reaching and include students:
- feel more connected
- work harder
- are more engaged
- set higher goals
- persevere more
- have more positive relationships with their teachers
The survey, consisting of 25 questions will be administered in class time in between July 30 and August 11 to nominated classes across Years 7-11, by participating teachers. The survey will be completed anonymously and at no time will any data be collected that identifies a particular student. Results will be confidential to the individual teacher and are not related to any form of appraisal but rather are designed to affirm staff for those strategies considered to be effective by their students and provide direction for staff who continually seek improvement in the best interests of your daughters. Teachers will have the opportunity to review their practice and implement strategies to improve their effectiveness which will be measured again with the second round of the Pivot survey early in Term 4.
Tell Them From Me Survey
In weeks 4 -6 of Term 3 we will be asking all members of our community, namely teachers, students and parents to complete a system wide survey that measures areas of school effectiveness considered integral to student success. Sydney Catholic Schools requests participation in this survey as a way of benchmarking across the system. The survey addresses 8 key areas:
- Data informed practice
- Learning Culture
- Teaching strategies
- Inclusivity and
- Community involvement
You will receive further information relating to this survey, including a link in the coming weeks. Your support in completing this survey is greatly appreciated and provides an excellent opportunity for you to provide us with your feedback.
As you are aware we were pleased to reschedule school photo day to Friday July 31st to allow us to include group photos. Families are encouraged to pre order their photos and sibling photos at www.advancedlife.com.au using the code HZC FK4 YXH. A reminder that as always girls whose hair is below their shoulder must have their hair tied up, only one pair of earrings are permitted and these should be worn in the lowest part of the earlobe. Similarly girls are not permitted to wear makeup for the photos. Your support in this matter is greatly appreciated.
The NSW Department of Road Safety reminds of just how easy it is to become complacent about safety, especially on a familiar route such as travelling to and from school. A failure to pay attention and be mindful of your surroundings can result in serious injury. At the end of last term I was concerned by the lack of attention and care taken by students crossing both Forest and Croydon Roads, particularly at the end of the school day, when many are in a hurry. Of particular concern was the number of girls on mobile phones, with headphones or airpods, seemingly unaware of others around them, oncoming traffic or the dangers of crossing against the lights. In order to make safe and responsible decisions it is important that the girls give their fullest attention to crossing safely. Of additional concern were the number of girls crowding on the edge of the kerb instead of waiting patiently for the first group to cross.
The NSW Department of Road Safety suggests that anyone crossing the road should:
- Look carefully before crossing. Just because someone else decides to cross, doesn’t mean it’s safe for you
- Unplug your earphones and put away your phone
- Never assume that an approaching vehicle can see you, or will stop for you – wait until all vehicles have stopped before you step off the kerb
- Avoid crossing between parked cars or at the front or back of buses and large vehicles
- At intersections, check for turning vehicles before you leave the kerb, and while you are crossing the road
- Always use pedestrian crossings
- Wait for the walk signal
- At traffic lights, don’t enter the road if vehicles are moving through the crossing or if the red don’t walk signal shows.
Families are encouraged to discuss with their daughters the importance of being more mindful when leaving the College at the end of the school day, conscious of the safety of all using both the footpaths and the roads.