Information Update 11th June 2009 Congratulations to Michael Hosking who won a principal position at Sekolah Ciputra International School in Indonesia for 3 years The school has 1200 students and16 by goodbaby

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									Information Update 11th June 2009
Congratulations to
Michael Hosking who won a principal position at Sekolah Ciputra International School in Indonesia for 3 years. The school has 1200 students and160 staff. Best wishes Michael. Meadows Primary School students who have recorded a fun, educational music CD to encourage children across Australia to lead healthy lifestyles by playing sport and eating a balance of nutritious foods. The song, Turn to Sport and Play for Life, has been written by South Australian (Port Lincoln) singer/songwriter and Australian Sports Commission (ASC) staff member, Kristen Lawler. Mt Barker High School for their win in round 1 of the Category 2 Pedal Prix on 17 May and to the SRC Captains interviewed by the Courier re cyber bullying on 4 June Bridgewater Kindergarten for being accepted into the Healthy Eating & Physical Activity Project, which runs from June ’09 to June’ 10. Mt Barker Primary School who received media attention with a visit from Channel 7 to film Reconciliation activities and World Environment Day tree planting.

Comings and Goings
Welcome back to James Parkin at Uraidla and a big thank you to Margie Sarre for a job well done while James was on leave. Best wishes to Garry and Judy MacPherson during their leave and welcome aboard to Bronwyn Mitchell at Mt Torrens Primary School and Carol Pelle at Callington Primary School.

Reports
Agenda for Regional Meeting in Week 8
The Leaders Executive meeting was deferred a week, and as a consequence the agenda for the regional meeting will be distributed at the beginning of next week.

Information for leaders and sites
Explicit teaching promotes vocabulary learning for struggling readers.
An article in the April 2009 edition of the ‘Reading and Writing Quarterly’ states that ‘struggling readers’ can be supported through explicit teaching of vocabulary, key morphemes, common prefixes and suffixes and key words in any texts that are new to the students. It states that the most effective teaching strategies are those that relate new terms and concepts to students’ prior knowledge.

eStrategy
Below is the link to the eStrategy that is mentioned in the Regional Plan. www.decs.sa.gov.au/learningtechnologies

Referral to CAMHS School Support
At our recent Interagency Referral Team meeting CAMHS reported that the new referral system has resulted in a good response from Adelaide Hills schools. As the information regarding this process went out early in the year when there may have been a certain degree of info overload I am attaching the relevant information again.
Greg Dyer Regional Intervention Services Manager

AEDI Background
The SA Government has agreed to participate in the Commonwealth Government initiated AEDI. This process involves the DECS, Catholic and Independent Schooling sectors. It will generate state-wide data about how children are developing. Preliminary data is expected to be available from late 2009. As this initiative is being fully resourced by the Commonwealth Government it is expected that all DECS Primary and Junior Primary Schools will participate in the data gathering process.

FREE SEMINAR for Parents and Early Childhood Educators
Inclusion and Supporting Children with Additional needs Presented by Petra Waterman from Inclusive Directions

DATE: Tuesday 23rd June 2009 VENUE: Community CPS Credit Union Barker Plaza Shop 14 Morphett Street Mount Barker TIME: 6.30-8.30 including refreshments RSVP: Doreen 8536 4242 or John 8391 5183 come along and bring a friend

OSHC ‘bits & pieces’
OSHC Forum 3 - Thursday 10th September at Mt Barker High
Session 1 (9.15 - 12.00) Understanding OSHC employment obligations Are you clear about your roles and responsibilities in relation to staff recruitment and selection, job and person specifications, job contracts or award and employment conditions for OSHC staff? This session will provide an opportunity to clarify these areas and provide sample tools to assist you to fulfil your employer obligations. It is for operators (governing councils), line managers, finance officers, directors & OSHC staff. Session 2 (12.30 - 2.15) Performance Management in OSHC The quality of a services’ program depends largely on the knowledge and skills of staff. This session, facilitated by Business SA, will look at the benefits of performance management in developing staff, simple flexible performance management processes and tools as well as strategies to engage in meaningful conversation with staff about performance. The afternoon forum is for OSHC directors and staff.

Please access the registration form at the OSHC website www.decs.sa.gov.au/oshc .

Adelaide Hills Primary Schools ‘Get Cooking’ Challenge 2009
Scott Creek, Norton Summit and Stirling East competed in the inaugural ‘Get Cooking’ Challenge at Heathfield High School last week. The competition was a project initiative of The Hut and focused on encouraging students to experience the pleasures of creating and eating delicious, healthy meals made from local, seasonal and regional produce. Students investigated what foods were currently available by asking shop keepers, restaurant owners, friends and neighbours what produce were in season. They chose recipes to match the produce available. Students have carefully documented the process involved from their initial research to the final touches and this will be published in an attractive booklet. The meals were judged by two local chefs who were amazed at the culinary skills displayed by the students.

Student representatives from each of the schools pose with the judges
For contributions to the AHR Information Update, please email lawrence.chris2@saugov.sa.gov.au


								
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