Learning @ Kunyung Primary School

Learning for the 21st Century

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Good Day Kunyung! :)

This week I thought I would share with you a copy of the Education Report that is tabled at School Council every month. This report gives us a chance to share with School Council members the ‘curriculum activity’ that has happened at Kunyung the previous month!

I thought you might be interested to have a look at the latest one! If I don[t see you before the holidays then I wish you a safe and happy one with your families! :)

CatsREPORT FIVE: The Education Reports this year are going to be in line with the key improvement strategies of the School’s Annual Implementation Plan (A copy can be found on the school’s website)

The Education Report will be named ‘Pedagogical Leadership Report’ as the report is going to focus on how and why we teach like we do as opposed to just listing events.

The reason for this report structure is to keep you informed of how the school is working towards achieving our year-long goals. It will also try to make the connections between the goals and student learning in the classrooms!

Current Units of Inquiry:

PREPS: Personal histories reflect cultures and traditions

JUNIORS: Matter changes to meet daily needs

MIDDLES: Contact with indigenous cultures has an affect on society

SENIORS: Awareness and understanding of inequity empowers us to act (EXHIBITION)

Current Kunyung Action: Nearly completed the pencil/pen drive for the SAIL Program and getting ready to send all collected donations to the Dandenong Office.

Staff Professional Development: PYP Open Schools’ Network (We had 14 staff attend either Mornington PS or Mount View PS, 25 visitors attended Kunyung from 8 different schools), Ben Waldren ‘Inspirational Leadership’ PD & Ballarat College ‘Intercultural Understanding’ PD attended by Elaine and Kim.

Kunyung Learning Blogs: Nearly 6000 visits!!!!

School Aerobics Team: Two teams preparing for Geelong Spring Competitions in October

Other Events:  Juniors Science Night, Preps Science Afternoon, Junior Archibald Art Competition, District Athletics

KEY IMPROVEMENT STRATEGY CURRENT ACTIONS
Embed whole school approach to curriculum that  is planned, taught and assessed in a consistent, cohesive and sequential way using inquiry as the lead pedagogical approach Establishment of 3 Professional Learning teams to break this first goal into different curriculum areas: Literacy focus, Mathematics focus and Transdisciplinary (PYP) focus. PLT to feedback to staff and ask for input next term.
LITERACY PLT: Project work- Development of Personalised Literacy Continuums.

As a result of this work: Reading continuums being trialled in all classrooms across the school.

Spelling continuums being trialled in all classrooms in Term 4.

MATHEMATICS PLT: Project Day Work- Development of Inquiry Maths Outcome Rubrics

As a result of this work: All classes using the rubrics with students so they are aware of what it is they need to learn next. All maths planners being placed into an IB planner on google docs

Transdisciplinary (PEDAGOGY)

Project Day Work- Auditing the Programme Of Inquiry, use of related concepts

As a result of this work: All current Units of Inquiry are on a google doc, The KPS Programme of Inquiry is up to date and each current Unit of Inquiry has a related concept attached to it.

Embed assessment of, for and as learning throughout the curriculum Initiated the idea of ‘Stretch Goals’ for the children. Identifying where students should be and giving them a time in which to get there. Including parents in the stretch goal process.
Further develop the capacity of staff to plan and reflect in collaborative teams, ensuring collective responsibility for all students in order to meet their individual learning needs Google Docs- All staff working collaboratively through using google docs for planning

Planning Week- All Level Teams have a whole day to plan for Term 4. Common understanding Literacy, Numeracy and Unit of Inquiry foci, common understanding of how to teach the Term 4 concepts, common assessments planned.

Instructional Rounds- All 3 Professional Learning Teams had a day to work on a ‘Problem of Practice’. Data collected from classrooms, analysed and next steps planned collaboratively.

Peer Observations- All staff were paired up and spent time discussing an area of focus they would like observed. Both staff have observed each other in the classroom, provided feedback to their partner and discussed next steps to further improvement.

Further develop connections and communication to share learning and teaching with the school community

 

Juniors Science Night- well attended, excited children!

Preps Science Afternoon- Very well attended by many parents.

STILL TO COME:

  • Principals’ Morning Tea
  • Middles Parent Session
  • Seniors Exhibition
  • Parent Survey on the Communication Strategy for 2014 to inform 2015 (Parents will be asked to comment on successes and suggested improvements)
Optimise the use of ICT as a teaching and learning tool Teacher -focus PD session next week in a range of ICT applications

 

Wishing you all a great week!

I hope your team wins……If they are still in the finals……. (GO ROOS!)

Cheers

Kim Jackson

Assistant Principal

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Exhibition Progress Report! :)

IBlogoAt the moment all the seniors have been working in their groups and are researching information about their topics, Central Ideas and Lines of Inquiry.

The topics are: Animal Cruelty is unfair, Poverty is unfair, Discrimination is unfair, Bullying is unfair, Not enough education is unfair, Too much waste is unfair, Homelessness is unfair, War is unfair and not enough medical assistance is unfair. Their lines of inquiry are…

Understanding an awareness of…

The inequity of… Throughout the world

Ways people can act to make a difference…

The ellipses (…) means that the students had to fill it in accordingly to their topic

Exhibition is soon, so everyone is working hard to collect research information, survey data and much more.

All groups have mentors and each week the groups meet up with their mentors to discuss how they are going and what they need help with.

Now that all groups know what the Exhibition is going to look like and how it’s going to run, they are now planning what to present!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more Exhibition news

Marlon SE

(on behalf of the Exhibition Organising Committee 2014)

P.S The Exhibition is on Wednesday the 17th of September

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Kunyung in Action! :)

 

 

 

 

 

Good Day All! 

We all know our children are natural inquirers! They love to ask questions and are generally curious about most things!! As an IB school we try to harness these questions, build on what children already know and guide them/allow them to pursue their interest further……………along the way we provoke their thinking, encourage them to share their learning with their peers, ensure they understand what they are learning and why, explicitly teach them the skills they need to inquire and research, explicitly teach the skills required to communicate with others (reading, writing, speaking and listening)  AND support them to become internationally minded!!!

Yep, thats it in a nutshell!

To support these wonderful little people to develop into confident learners we need to provide an environment that offers many wide and varied experiences! Not just randomness of ‘things to do’ but carefully and strategically planned out incursions and excursions that support the thinking and ideas of the students.

For example, when the Middle School students were asking questions like ‘Can you judge art and how?’ ‘Is there any such thing as good and bad art?’ ‘What would the world look like if there was no art?’ and ‘How do we know what people are trying to express in their art? What is the evidence?’ then organising for 13 ‘Artists in Residence’ to come into school and to answer questions and discuss their ideas about art was a perfect incursion! Follow this up with a trip to Melbourne to observe and discuss many artistic features of the city and the students were inquiring and discovering the answer to their questions!!

Meanwhile in Prep World the discussions were centred around ‘What do scientists do?’ and ‘What makes a

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 scientist?’ Learning how to ask questions, make an hypothesis and conduct experiments  were explicit skills taught and this all culminated in a Prep ‘Science Explorers’ afternoon where parents shared working through the scientific process with their children!

The Juniors exploded into their next Unit of Inquiry by being involved in a ‘Hands on Science’ incursion! How does matter change to meet our needs? Well that’s what they are going to discover looking at the world through ‘the eyes of a scientist’!

The Seniors have started their Exhibition and are currently organising their own mentors and experts whilst developing their own questions, tensions and provocations! Their Exhibition is a culmination of all of the previous 6 years-worth of Units of Inquiry! It is a celebration!

Please enjoy the accompanying photos of Kunyung Kids in Action! What a plethora of learning and engaging experiences that support our children to be the internationally minded adults of the future we so want them to be! J

Happy Days! J

Kim Jackson

Assistant Principal

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Seniors’ Exhibition 2014! :)

Hello Everyone! :)

Every week Mrs Jackson writes a weekly update for the school newsletter about what we are learning…..but this week we have taken on the role! :) Blog 1

On Monday we started our Exhibition. Our Transdisciplinary Theme is ‘Sharing the Planet’ and our main related concept is INEQUITY.

In the first three days we have started to pull these ideas apart. When we started we answered 3 questions: What matters to you? What do you think is unfair? And if you could change something in the world what would it be? These questions have been our launch. After answering these questions we had a provocation by watching a documentary called ‘I Am Eleven’ (for more details google it) It was about eleven year olds from all around the world discussing what they think is important to know and what they think is fair and unfair. IT made us think even more about what matters to us. We are now brainstorming about what is unfair and sharing our ideas with others in the Seniors. We have also been asking our families the same questions.

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We are having a great time down here in Seniors working on our Exhibition. Eventually we will be placed into groups and will work on a specific inquiry of our choice.

As we go through this amazing journey to complete and finalise our Exhibition there is some help needed. We have our teachers and each other but we do need some mentors to help with Exhibition. If anyone from the Kunyung community is willing to help please contact Mrs Jackson on [email protected]

Please stay tuned for regular updates on the Seniors’ Exhibition and more information will be given in the coming weeks.

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EXHIBITION DATE:

Wednesday 17th September 2014

Thank you

Alex, Alfie and Sadie (Seniors)

Acting Assistant Principals for the afternoon

 (Thanks Mrs Jackson!)

 

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Senior School Exhibition! :)

What is the PYP Exhibition?quotes-18he7ck[1]

‘In the final year of the IB program, students participate in a culminating project known as the Exhibition. Students are required to engage in a collaborative, transdisciplinary inquiry process that involves them in identifying, investigating and offering solutions to real life issues.

Through this process students will also manage their time, research, proactivelty work with mentors, take action, communicate their findings, assess their tasks and celebrate their learning with each other and the broader school and IB community.’ Making the PYP Happen

The Exhibition is a large version of every unit of inquiry our students participate in from Prep through to Year 5/6. Our hope is that they display all of the skills, attitudes, attributes and actions that we have been developing over their time at Kunyung and have a chance to present this deep learning to the rest of the community.

The THEME for this year’s Exhibition is……

InquirySHARING THE PLANET

An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationshipwithin and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

The students will soon be discussing what this statement actually means to them, what it could mean, what questions, interests, provocations come from this theme.

They will then choose an area of authentic interest to them and begin their inquiry.

This is where you could assist us!

We are looking for mentors to work with a small group of 2-3 students and support them with ways to collect their information, interpret it, present it and assist them with any issues or problems that may arise!

In the next couple of weeks we will publish the full range of inquiries that the students have chosen to focus on for their Exhibition. If any of the areas is also an interest to you OR you would like to assist a group regardless of the area for inquiry- we would love to have you on board!

Please contact me on j[email protected] and I will answer any questions you may have! You may want to find out more about it ASAP or you may wish to wait for areas of inquiry to be published…..either way is fine with us!

Cheers

Kim Jackson

Assistant Principal

 

 

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Term 3! WOO HOO! :)

Good Day Kunyung Families! :)

  I hope your holidays were everything your family wanted, or needed, them to be!

What bright, happy faces we were greeted with on Tuesday morning, and that included the parents! The children were so happy to see friends and teachers, and so switched on to start learning, that classrooms were alive with conversations, stories and questioning! (Whilst Monday was an extremely productive day for our staff……..work doesn’t feel right without children there!)

Our daily Reading, Writing and Maths routines are in full swing and our Inquiries have started with excitement and enthusiasm…………..children are natural inquirers as we know and the questions have been coming thick and fast already!

Our Preps are being scientists and inquiring into what makes things move! They will be looking at the BIG IDEA of CONSEQUENCES through experimenting with many different objects and discovering what makes them move and why? They will be learning the skills of being a scientist and I can’t wait to share with you their questions and findings over the next few weeks!

Our Juniors are inquiring into the processes that products go through and their BIG IDEA is CHANGE. They are visiting the YAKULT factory this week to see the origins of a product and the process these materials go through to become a useable product. The questions asked by our students at the factory have been amazing- get ready for many questions about how things are made parents!!

Our Middles started with a ‘bang’ also on Tuesday with the provocation ‘what ideas, beliefs, values are important to you’ and ‘if you had to express these to aliens how could you do it?’ Their inquiry is looking at how people express these things to others and how do we know this? The BIG IDEA is REFLECTION and what EVIDENCE can we find to support our thinking!

Our Seniors spent yesterday in Melbourne at the Immigration and Chinese Museums………their inquiry is focussed on immigration and the impact it has on individuals and communities. The students have been asked to put a box together that represents their families’ history including evidence of any movement or relocation they have been involved in.

The teachers also spent time this week inquiring! Our three Professional Learning Teams used Monday as a Project Day’. The Mathematics Team, Literacy Team and Transdisciplinary Team set goals for the day and, after expending the kind of energy you see on the Amazing Race, achieved many of the set goals. There is a common understanding at Kunyung about how we teach our students and Monday was ensuring all of our planning documents, big ideas and skill based continuums, for example, were consistent throughout the school and  all up to date and accessible. It was both a productive and enjoyable day with a clear purpose. In all rooms, where teams were working, it was ‘heads down’ and work, work, work!

As I said at the start of this article, it was ‘hit the ground running’ at Kunyung this week and, when I think about it, it’s only Thursday!!!!

Look forward to seeing as many of you as possible throughout the term!

Kim Jackson

Assistant Principal

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Learning @ Kunyung! Not the HOW but the WHAT……..

We have spent time looking at ‘How we teach @ Kunyung’………using an INQUIRY approach. Check!

We have spent time looking at how we PERSONALISE the learning for our students in the classroom. Check!

We have spent time looking at how we encourage our students to TAKE ACTION. Check!

We have spent time looking at the LEARNER PROFILE attributes we want to sdvelop and nurture in our students. Check!

So let’s look at the WHAT we teach the children that falls outside Literacy and Numeracy…………it’s called our Programme Of Inquiry! (Even though we still use Literacy and Numeracy when inquiring!)

It is organised into 6 Transdisciplinary Themes with each Year Level of students completing a Unit of Inquiry into each one of these 6 themes every year!POI 3

Are you still with me? :)

The 6 Themes are:

How we express ourselves (In our day- well my day as I’m a little older than most of you- it was our personal/social development)

Where we are in place and time (This was our History and Geography)

How the world works (Physical and Chemical Science)

How we express ourselves (The Arts)

How we organise ourselves (Social Studies)

How we share the planet (Environmental Science)

We have one inquiry into each of these themes every year which is our horizontal planning……………………..so our next job is to develop the ideas for these inquiries which forms the vertical development of the Programme of Inquiry. This should stop students learning about FORCES every year- for example!

The next step is to work out what the BIG IDEA might be for each Unit of Inquiry. It’s not good enough in our school, to say we are going to be ‘doing GOLD’ in Year 6 for example! We don’t just want our children finding out facts and, gaining knowledge, about GOLD………………a better BIG IDEA (Which we call a central idea) might be ‘We learn about our present by looking at past events that shaped us’…..this would give students a chance to look at how events in the past have affected us today- one of which might be the GOLD RUSH and it’s impact on multicultural Australia. This would NOT be a Prep Unit of Inquiry but if the Preps started with a Unit about their own families and the Juniors started to look into the histories in our community and the Middles looked into early explorers- you can easily see how these Where we are in Place and Time Units evolve into the Senior one.

This may be a messy example but it highlights the need for us to plan out our curriculum. We also take into account:

  • The Australian Curriculum outcomes (We audit our Programme of Inquiry against AusVELS. We are currently doing just that!)
  • Student questions and interests that might help shape the unit (There’s no point us decding everything when, given the opportunity, students will ask questions that lead them to the same understanding!)

So….are we organised with our curriculum? Absolutely….just have a look in our office area to see the Whole School Programme of Inquiry….I’ll also try to put a copy onto the BLOG!

Over the next 6 weeks we will ‘pull apart’ each Transdisciplinary Theme and see what it really means or can mean!

When people say to you things like ‘Children aren’t taught history and geography anymore’, ‘Science is nowhere to be seen in schools’, well that’s actually not true BUT instead of filling our children’s heads with what knowledge we think they should possess, we provide a BIG IDEA that they can inquire into with teacher guidance, learn a lot from and have the added benefit of developing communication, research, social and thinking skills at the same time- that’s something I wish I had had growing up!

In conclusion (My SO WHAT!)………….

  • Our students are involved in 6 Units of Inquiry each year that support them to be learners who demonstrate the Attributes of the Learner profile
  • Each one of these 6 Units of Inquiry are centred around one of the 6 Transdisciplinary Themes (See above).
  • Each Unit of Inquiry has a BIG or CENTRAL IDEA
  • Asking questions, and discussing, at home the latest Unit of Inquiry will support the understanding of the central idea.
  • The knowledge gained when inquiring into a Unit of Inquiry doesn’t have to be the same for all students- it’s the understanding of the transferrable concept and central idea that is more important!

Next time we pull apart ‘Who we are!’ :)

 

 

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Living the Learner Profile @ Kunyung!

GLilyood Day Kunyung Families!

You know……..when you try to explain to people that schools are busy places…..it?s hard to put into words just exactly what can be going on at the same time in the one school!

If it’s the Learner Profile we are trying to develop in each and every one of our students (Remembering that the attributes of the Learner Profile include being: Thinkers, courageous, inquirers, balanced, reflective, knowledgeable, principled and caring!) then please have a look at what’s been going on @ Kunyung this week AND see how many Learner Profile Attributes are in Action……Oh! and add to the following our Student Led Tours, Cross Country and Interschool Sport……WOW!

CURRENT UNITS OF INQUIRY! :)

Preps-

People use symbols to be expressive and to communicate.

Some Prep Questions about their Unit of Inquiry!

‘What do signs do?’

‘How do signs work?’

‘Where else can I find these signs?’

‘Does Jeff use a sign at the crossing?’

‘What would happen if we didn’t have signs?’

Juniors-

People recognise important events through celebrations and traditions.

‘We had lots of questions about celebrations all over the world. We wrote down our questions. We talked about our questions with our friends and our mums and dads. Now we are making a celebration in our classroom. We are sharing what we find out with our friends. We recognise important events with celebrations and traditions. Some examples are Christmas, Birthdays, Anzac Day, and New babies being born. (April and Paul)

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Technology impacts on the world of work and leisure.

We asked lots of questions and our teachers helped us to make our ‘skinny’ questions a bit ‘fatter’.

Once we had our questions we used books, computers, our friends, teachers and parents to help find some information to help answer our questions.

Now we are going to share our learning with our class in any way we choose. We are doing a 2 minute talk. (Mira and Ben)

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Governmental systems and decisions can promote or deny equal opportunities and social justice.

To find out how Governments make decisions and the impact of these decisions we chose small groups and formed our party! We were asked what we would do if we were in charge of the school. We worked in teams to make decisions and realised it’s not that easy to all agree. We are presenting our policies to the other Year 6 Students and then analysing how each of our policies promoted or denied equal opportunity and social justice! We will be reflecting on how we worked as a team as well as the decisions we made. (Aria and Megan)Action

 

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Could you be so kind as to pick up a few extra pens and pencils when you are out shopping to donate towards The Sail Programme.

The Sail Programme is where Refugee children are assisted with their learning so as you can imagine lots of pens and pencils are needed.

There will be a donation box in the office.

Thank you

From Michaela (Year 6)

On behalf of The KEAST and ACTION Teams

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Nude Food is here again so please could you put foods that don?t require wrappings in your children?s lunch boxes. This will help our environment heaps! Nude Food will be every Wednesday. On Fridays we will show a tally of the winning class and they will receive an amazing trophy to keep for the week.

(Thanks to Mr Eckerman for helping us to design our Nude Food Poster)

From the KEAST and ACTION Teams

NUTRITION PRESENTATION ;) Let's PAck Lunch

Parents from Kunyung and surrounding Kindergartens attended an informative and interestingly presented session on packing a healthy lunch for your children! The session was run by a Kunyung Parent, Alison Miles, who is also a qualified dietician (Bachelor of Science) who has spent many years working with Elite Athletes focussing on their diets and eating habits. The session was well attended and all parents who participated loved the practical tips shared by Alison and the ideas that are actually manageable by the ?normal? parent packing a daily lunch!

Many Thanks Alison and we are already working on a follow up session! Stay Tuned!

Student Leadership

PUBLIC SPEAKING

Over the past 2 weeks I have had the privilege of working with all the Senior School Students on developing their Public Speaking skills. We worked through ‘Mrs Jackson’s 10 Public Speaking Tips’ and then every student had to write and give a 30 second presentation using these tips! The students were awesome and overcome ‘butterflies in the tummy’ to deliver their speeches!

Year 5 Aspirant Leaders Day

Last Monday Mrs Jay and 8 Year 5 Students attending Mt Eliza Secondary College for an Aspirant Leaders Day with other Local Primary Schools. The children focussed on developing their Leadership Skills and came back to school ready to implement those skills straight away! 

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Inquiry @ Kunyung!

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Taking Action Part 2!

Taking ACtion 

 

You must be the change you want to see in the world.’
- Mahatma Gandhi

Good Day Kunyung!

Yes! This is the same heading as last week!! No….I’m NOT running out of ideas!

Last week I talked about the importance of taking action in the community………I also tried to highlight the different ways that action can be taken!

Well…………this week I wanted to highlight some examples of action being taken around the school as we speak!

Students in JBK share learning that they do at home- EVERYDAY!! Walking through their classroom is a delight, listening to children explain work they have done at home as a result of what they have done in class!

Mums have worked tirelessly this week organising the Mother’s Day Stall- all for the benefit of the Kunyung children (Their mums!) and the school!

We have a team of dedicated parents who are meeting regularly to put in place some actions that will support Kunyung to be a healthier place to be! (Please contact me if you are interested in joining this group! Everyone is welcome!)

There are so many other wonderful examples of Taking Action in the school and, as you know, I could go on and on and on using real examples BUT it is now time to hand over my newsletter article to the Student Action Team…………..take it away team!!!!

Hi Everyone

I’m Aria and I am one of the 11 Action Leaders at Kunyung. I would love to announce that we have got another fabulous action team this year! WE work with Mr Walker, Mrs Howard and Mrs Jay!

We will show you our faces in the next newsletter…….stay tuned!

What is the Action Team?

The action team is a group of 11 people who want to take action, and help others to take action, around our community; we are very excited to be taking action.

Some of the ideas we have discussed so far include:

Trying to get a community grant to build a friendship seat in the school, having a day a week for nude food, re building our kitchen garden and then using our own food for the canteen, raising awareness and money and items for programs like the Sail Program so much more!

Please look out in the newsletter for how we are going! We want to help other children in the school to join in!

LOOK AT THIS ACTION!

We are very proud to announce Alfie in PB to be our first Prep to take a step of action!Alfie

Alfie was driving to school with his mum when he saw a little dog sitting on the side of Nepean Highway. The next day he found the same dog sitting just near his house, Alfie decided to take action and tell his mum to take the dog to the vet. She took the dog to the vet and now all thanks to Alfie the dog is happy and safe.

Thank you and congratulations Alfie for taking action.

 

Kimberly Jackson                   Aria

Assistant Principal                           Action Team Leader