Principal’s Update Term 3 Week 4 2023

Kaya Everyone,

Welcome back to Term 3. We have a busy term ahead with swimming and school photos already taken place in the first few weeks of term. Coming up we have interschool Cross Country, Book Week, SciTech incursions and of course our faction carnival to look forward to.

Congratulations to all of our students who participated in the Cross Country last week. Despite the weather, the students were enthusiastic and gave it their best in true Quinns Beach spirit.

Although we have lots on, teaching and learning will always remain our key focus with teachers delivering high quality programs for our students. Quinns Beach Primary has been selected through the Education Department’s Centre of Excellence program which involves our school working with high performing schools to improve literacy outcomes for our students. This commitment will run over 12 months and provides opportunities for our staff to refine our teaching of literacy ensuring high quality, evidence-based practice is being delivered for our students.

Zooming in on Reading

Reading is necessary for learning, so instilling a love of reading at an early age is the key that unlocks the door to lifelong learning. Reading aloud presents books as sources of pleasant, entertaining, and exciting formative experiences for children to remember.

We know it’s a wonderful thing to love reading. It’s also crucial to your child’s success —it’s at the core of their education, right along with building strong literacy, numeracy and social and emotional skills.

Although we link reading to academic success there are some significant personal rewards that come from having a love of reading.

  • Children who love to read get to feel the joy of being lost in a good book.
  • Reading shapes the way children understand the world.
  • Reading builds confidence and motivation.

At Quinns Beach PS we teach reading as part of our Literacy Block each morning through modelled, shared and paired reading. Vocabulary and comprehension are big focus areas to ensure children become skilful readers. Students have further opportunities to read throughout the day in other subject areas such as numeracy, science and humanities.

Ways to encourage your child to read more books at home:

  • Read aloud to your child a lot when he or she is young, creating quality time that focuses on reading with your child.
  • Help your child find interesting and high-quality literature to read. Books with rich language—words and phrases that develop complex meaning and imagery for the reader.
  • Make reading a part of your family’s everyday life.

If you have any questions regarding your child’s progress in reading or would like further information on how to support your child with their reading at home, please organise a time to meet with your child’s teacher.

Every child, reading. Every child, succeeding.

Premier’s Reading Challenge

There are still 6 weeks left of the Premier’s Reading Challenge and it would be great to register as many new readers as possible, with children able to log comic books, graphic novels, magazines, or any other form of literature they love.

Find out more about the challenge and access resources on the Premier’s Reading Challenge Website

Library Update

Exciting news… Our school library is nearly ready for its reopening! Final touches are being completed and books are being returned to shelves. We hope to be in using the library in the upcoming weeks with Book Week just around the corner.

Kind regards,

Ms Kathryn Meyer – Principal