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Welcome Evening

The Junior School students have settled in well to the routines of school and once again I would like to take this opportunity to thank our staff for all of the work that they have put in to setting our students up for a successful start to the school year.

Thank you also to all of the parents/caregivers who attended our welcome evening. Evenings such as this are an important way to build community, especially at Investigator where students come to our school from a wide catchment area. It was lovely to meet everyone that attended and these evenings are always a great way to build the home school partnership through information about how the class is run, the expectations of the classroom, as well as what is covered in the curriculum throughout the year in each of the subject areas. Each year level has a curriculum booklet that summarises these key topics covered throughout the year so if you were unable to attend and have not collected your information booklet I would encourage you to ask your class teacher for a copy.

Nightly Routines

One of the messages that resonated strongly across every year level was the importance of nightly routines and the benefits of regular reading, spelling/phonics and times tables. A little bit of each of these from a young age can add up significantly over time. So please, as the students settle into the routines of school, try to get your children into a regular routine of reading and some homework. As a parent, I realise this is not always possible due to other family events and sporting and co-curricular commitments but the benefits are significant. Infographics such as the one below highlight the impact of 20 minutes of reading regularly. These routines go a long way to supporting the great learning that is happening in the classroom.

Feedback

There is lots of evidence to suggest that feedback has a significant impact on student learning but as a school, we too would love to receive some feedback about how we are going. Staff have recently reflected on how the year has started but if you have any feedback you would like to give, please do not hesitate to arrange a time to meet with me to discuss this or email me.

nsmith@investigator.sa.edu.au

Nick Smith
Head of Junior School

 

Investigator will welcome the Scholastic Book Fair for one week from
Wednesday 17 February to Wednesday 24 February in The Hub.

The fair will be open for viewing to the students during class time and open for browsing and purchasing on:

Wednesday 17 February 3:30pm – 4 :00pm
Friday 19 February 8:30am – 8:50am
Friday 19 February 3:30pm – 4:00pm
Tuesday 23 February 8:30am – 8:50am
Tuesday 23 February 3:30pm – 4:00pm
Wednesday 24 February 8:30am – 8:50am

EFTPOS or cash payments will be available.

We hope to see you in The Hub during Week 4!

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