School Learning Journey Open Night

Our School Learning Journey (Open Night) evening this year will be held on Wed 9th August, Week 4 of next term. Times are: 4.30pm – 6.30pm (PP-6), and from 4.00pm – 6.00pm at the Trentham Road Annex (K). Please note, for security reasons finishing times must be adhered to, especially at the offsite annex.

Classroom teachers will open their classrooms in a learning journey format, with activities and challenges for students to undertake with their parents. These activities reflect the learning that occurs in classrooms, and allows parents to experience current curriculum content and school priorities. Specialist staff will also be providing experiences at various locations around the school. Each parent will receive a passport to help them navigate their way around the activities.

Please remember this is not a time for interviews with your child’s teacher, however friendly and courteous interaction is encouraged! Classroom activities will take approximately 15mins to complete, and parents are encouraged to also visit:

  • The basketball courts/under covered area for physical challenges with Mr P.
  • The library with Mrs Murray.
  • The Art Room with Mrs Callow.
  • The Literacy Room with Mrs Della Gatta and Mrs Woods, if students attend classes in there.
  • The Library for an Italian display with Mrs Scott.
  • The Science Room, LA 19 with Mrs Murphy and Mrs Bell.
  • This year Ms Rogerson will showcasing the students musical talents with pop up performances around the school during the evening.
  • Parents will also be invited to complete a Parent Survey while at school, either in the wet areas of the blocks or in the library.

Further details of the evening will be in the Week 2 newsletter next term.

“FIFTY CENT FRENZY” BOOK SALE DAY

On Thursday 29th June, the Library is having a massive “FIFTY CENT FRENZY” BOOK SALE to clear all the weeded resources from our collection. We are also asking for donations of children’s books from students and parents to add to this all-day, fabulous frenzy. Come and grab a book bargain! Every book is 50c! Buy as many as you want! There’s something for everyone!

ALL MONEY RAISED GOES TOWARDS PURCHASING AUDIOBOOKS FROM WHEELERS FOR OUR DIGITAL LIBRARY.

THURSDAY 29th JUNE

(Week 10…the second last day of Term 2)
8.30am-4.00pm (all day)

  • Outside the Library (on the Canteen side)
  • All books 50c each. Buy as many as you like.
  • Fiction, Non-Fiction, Novels, Reading Books, Information Books, Picture Books, Fairy Tales, etc. Everything is just 50c!
  • Help us clear unwanted stock. Take home some July holiday reading bargains!
  • Please send in your CHILDREN’S BOOK donations to the Library (Sorry, no adult books accepted.) Your book donations will help boost our sales. Why not clear out your home bookshelves of any unwanted children’s books and donate them to this great cause?
  • Students, parents, teachers, siblings, grandparents, community members are all welcome.
  • Parent volunteers are needed to assist on the day. If you can offer even an hour of your time, please see Mrs Murray or phone 9302 4100 or email: Sharon.Murray@education.wa.edu.au
  • Let’s see if we can raise enough money to purchase some fabulous audiobooks for our Library from Wheelers ePlatform.
  • Hope to see you all at our “FIFTY CENT FRENZY” event!

ANZAC Assembly

At the end of last term we held our school ANZAC ceremony. Thank you to everyone in the community who joined our students to remember the ANZAC spirit. A special mention to Miss Emma Rogerson, our music specialist, who arranged a respectful and relevant service, to commemorate the occasion.  A huge thank you to Mrs Abi Callow and her Art extension students who added to the occasion through their stunning Poppies.

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Ashdale Secondary College ICT Specialist Program

Click here to download ICT Specialist Program Information361 KB – PDF

Ashdale Secondary College is holding an information session for parents and students interested in applying for enrolment into their WA Education Department endorsed Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Specialist Program for 2018. The session will take place in the College Auditorium on Wednesday 5th April at 6.45-7.15pm. Please see the attached for further information on the program and RSVP details.

2017 Student Leaders

Below is a list of the elected Year 6 Student Councillors for 2017. Congratulations to them all:-

Student Councillors

Prime Minister Boy

Neo U – LA30

Prime Minister Girl

Charlotte Y – LA29

Arts Minister

Rebecca R – LA30

Sports Minister

Kani K – LA31

Communications Minister

Natanee D – LA31

Environment Minister

Kristy L – LA28

Science Minister

Mia C – LA29

ICT Minister

Callum A – LA28

Publicity Minister

Kianna A – LA31

Music Minister

Declan H – LA31

Health and Welfare Minister

Shayna J – LA31

Faction Captains

Banksia

Amber H (LA28), Kayhan N (LA29)

Cassia

Jacob C (LA28), Isobel N (LA28)

Grevillea

Jessica F (LA31), Ben M (LA31)

Hovea

Susan F (LA30), Adam B (LA28)

Faction Vice Captains

Banksia

Latifah H (LA13), Patrick R (LA18)

Cassia

Siena F (LA13), Giuliano F (LA14)

Grevillea

Imogen P (LA13), Spencer A (LA15)

Hovea

Ella P (LA18), Jordan B (LA13)

The 1-1 Laptop Program

The 1-1 program at Landsdale has always been well supported by parents, we thank you for your commitment to improving your child’s educational opportunities. Most students have their laptops and are in the process of learning how to use it effectively in class. They have been establishing agreements that will give the grounding for high standards of self-regulation at school and online. They are also learning how to responsibly and appropriately use technology and communication tools, this provides students with the skills and knowledge to make informed and appropriate choices in the future.

If you are still thinking about purchasing a laptop for your child the purchasing portal is open all year. If you need more information regarding this please call the school.

The school website has information and FAQ’s to assist you. The Cluster of schools share two technicians across the schools and at Landsdale we have a technician onsite every day except Wednesday. Your child is able to let the technician know of any issues with their machine by logging a job on the Helpdesk which you can access through the school website link or by informing their teacher.

In keeping with Landsdale’s vision of focusing on innovation and creativity to produce students who are engaged and strive to be successful, the program enables students to learn the skills essential to be productive in a technological world, classroom and workplace. They have, at point of need, access to information, applications and global experiences that enable deeper learning at home and at school. STEM and digital technologies skills have been identified as lacking in Australian students, however at Landsdale and the cluster we have a high ratio of students gaining employment or undertaking further studies in STEM fields, largely due to our 1-1 program supported by parents.

The Apple laptops are particularly well suited to the education environment because they are loaded with software and applications that are great for getting students to extend their thinking and create innovative projects. They allow teachers to deliver engaging lessons with more students involved in each learning opportunity. The laptops have excellent options for security and parental control over what their child is accessing and when.

Parent 1-1 Laptop Steering Committee

Parents of students who are participating in the 1-1 laptop program are welcome to become a member of the steering committee. The parents on the steering committee enable the partnership between the school and parents in this program to be strong and collaborative. We listen carefully to the issues that parents raise through their representatives, surveys and general feedback and adapt the program accordingly. Any parents who wish to come along to our meetings are welcome, the first steering committee meeting for 2017 is on Wednesday 1st March, in the school staffroom at 4.30pm.

For more information on the Landsdale 1-1 program contact Leanne White Ph: 93024100, Leanne.White@education.wa.edu.au

Landsdale P&C presents Maggie Dent: Parent Seminar

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Landsdale P&C presents Maggie Dent: The importance of calmness, silence and stillness in children’s lives.

It is so challenging for modern parents to create calmness, silence and stillness in their homes but this is an important and inspirational life resilience skill for children and adolescents to develop.  Learn how to help your child:

Venue: Ashdale Secondary College Theatre, 75 Westport Parade, Darch

Date: Wednesday 5th April 2017
Time: 7pm to 9pm

Cost: $15.00

Inquiries: melhyde@live.com.au

Bookings: www.trybooking.com/OSYB

Event Password: LANDSDALE

1-1 Program Update

Thank you to all the parents of Year Four students and new senior students who have joined the program this year. Many students have their laptops and are in the process of getting them prepared for the year. Teachers and students are spending the first couple of weeks establishing agreements that will give the grounding for high standards of self-regulation at school and online. Explicitly teaching how to responsibly and appropriately use technology and communication tools provides students with the skills and knowledge to make informed and appropriate choices in the future.

The technical aspects of the program are also being established in the first couple of weeks. This involves bringing the laptops up to a common operating system across the year levels, which meant many laptops needed to be upgraded to the 10.12 OS (Sierra). The laptops are imaged with additional software and settings to ensure that all students have a single sign in at school and across the cluster, which will enable students to seamlessly use their laptops in any school in the cluster.

As the machines are imaged a note is sent home with information regarding setting up passwords and home wireless. The website has information and FAQ’s to assist you. The Cluster of schools share two technicians across the schools and at Landsdale we have a technician onsite every day except Wednesday. Your child is able to let the technician know of any issues with their machine by logging a job on the Helpdesk which you can access through the school website link or by informing their teacher. We are excited to begin the journey with your children to engage in rich 21st Century learning tasks and teach them how to become responsible digital citizens.

What is the Program?

As part of an Ashdale Cluster initiative Landsdale Primary School implemented the Apple One to One program in 2011 and the program is now in the 7th year and runs from Years 4-6 in the Primary Schools and from Years 7-10 in the Secondary College.

This program involves families being given the opportunity to lease or purchase an Apple laptop for their child. In partnership with Winthrop Australia, we have negotiated an offer that we believe is very advantageous to parents in terms of price, warranty and onsite technical servicing if purchased through Winthrop. You are of course free to choose to purchase elsewhere and bring the laptop to school to have it imaged with the settings and software needed for the year. If you have not already ordered your child’s machine the Winthrop Portal is open all year for your orders.

In keeping with Landsdale’s vision of focusing on innovation and creativity to produce students who are engaged and strive to be successful, the program enables students to learn the skills essential to be productive in a technological world, classroom and workplace. They have, at point of need, access to information, applications and global experiences that enable deeper learning at home and at school. STEM and digital technologies skills have been identified as lacking in Australian students, however at Landsdale and the cluster we have a high ratio of students gaining employment or undertaking further studies in STEM fields, largely due to our 1-1 program supported by parents.

The Apple laptops are particularly well suited to the education environment because they are loaded with software and applications that are great for getting students to extend their thinking and create innovative projects. They allow teachers to deliver engaging lessons with more students involved in each learning opportunity. The laptops have excellent options for security and parental control over what their child is accessing and when.

How will the laptops be used?

In coming newsletters, we will highlight examples of how computers will be used to enhance the curriculum and increase student capacity to create with technology.

Today’s example focuses on the important area of writing. Previously, students might be asked to write a persuasive text using a pen and paper. This will continue but with the increasing use of online assessments it is essential to find ways in which the writing experience can be enhanced by using a laptop.

At the simplest level, the task could be enhanced by typing the text into a word processor, adding images and perhaps using the built-in thesaurus to help the student choose more persuasive language.

A further enhancement would be to add hyperlinks, which would allow the reader to obtain further information or jump straight to the student’s references.

Taking the task one step further, the student could upload their writing to the school’s learning management system. There, other students in the class could provide constructive feedback and vote on the topic of the persuasive text.

Using the movie-making software that is built into the laptops, the students might even create a commercial trying to convince other students of their point of view. This could easily be made available to other classes and shown on the interactive whiteboards, providing an authentic audience for the students’ work.

Using the power of the Internet, this audience could even extended to the entire globe!

As you can see, the capacity to extend, motivate and challenge students to think more deeply about and apply their learning to create new opportunities is limitless!

The first Parent Workshop: “Introducing the Mac” Wednesday 22nd February at 4.30pm in LA 16 & 17.

Parent 1-1 Laptop Steering Committee

Parents of students who are participating in the 1-1 laptop program are welcome to become a member of the steering committee. The parents on the steering committee enable the partnership between the school and parents in this program to be strong and collaborative. We listen carefully to the issues that parents raise through their representatives, surveys and general feedback and adapt the program accordingly. Any parents who wish to come along to our meetings are welcome, the first steering committee meeting for 2017 is on Wednesday 1st March, in the school staffroom at 4.30pm.

For more information on the Landsdale 1-1 program contact Peter Hayward or Leanne White Ph: 93024100, Leanne.White@education.wa.edu.au