Michelle Chaplin, Head of Junior School
Term 3, Week 1 has been incredible as I begin my journey here at AISM. Monday and Tuesday were spent with staff as we planned exciting learning adventures for the students. The teachers in their teams explored interesting strategies to engage all students in the Term 3 programs. Our teaching teams reflected on their impact goals to improve writing throughout the school using individual conferencing with each student. A key focus for Term 3 is persuasive writing and the components that build a strong case.
I encourage parents to discuss their teacher conferences and school reports with their child at home in the light of creating a focus for them in Term 3.
Thursday and Friday were fascinating days for me as I experienced the true life of the school - the students were so warm and welcoming - so engrossed in their learning and so happy and excited to be back at AISM!
In visiting each class I read the story of the DOT and asked the students to explain the message in the story - “to never give up’, ‘ to try and try and try”, “to always look at what you can do not what you can’t do” - from ELC to Year 5, I was impressed with the students' behaviour, thinking and enthusiasm.
My thought for this week -
AISM is not just a school but a way of life and I encourage all parents to be active members of our community. Be aware of events and happenings from those that are significant to your child to those that are whole school celebrations. I invite all parents to be a partner in their child’s education in as many aspects as possible from general
awareness of topics, themes and content, within the classroom, sporting activities and homework to the functions and
I look forward to continuing our growth as a strong Visible Learning School that opens the eyes, ears and hearts of our
students to be leaders who make a difference to their world.
As Dr Seuss would say -
“ You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes, you can steer
yourself any direction you choose.”
Wishing everyone a fantastic Term 3 and looking forward to getting to know all the students in coming weeks.