Welcome back for another year. This year promises to be a positive one and the staff are looking forward to a great year. Each year the school aims to continually improve and this year we are aiming to do a few things slightly differently.
The school is required to communicate with parents four times a year. In the past Leeming Primary School has used standardised reports twice (mandated), an Open Night for Term 3 and the Welcome nights in Term 1.
This year we intend to alter the arrangements for Term 1 as we would like to make use of new technology and have teachers communicate their expectations, rules etc using Connect. Parents will still receive an information pack but this will be electronically. By doing this we are able to offer another way of informing parents of their student’s progress by holding interviews towards the end of Term 1. Parents will be given a ‘tight’ window to attend a short interview regarding how your child is going and one way that they could improve. Being able to have an short interview enables parents to be involved and have the chance to make any changes to assist their child early in the year.
By now you’ve probably heard others in our school community talking about the introduction of the online environment called Connect.
In case you have missed the discussion around Connect use in our school, here’s a run-down about it.
Connect is a secure online environment developed by the Department of Education for staff, students and parents in public schools. It will give our teachers a tool to deliver content to the students via an online classroom. This means your children will be able to share with you what they are learning about, submit assignments and discuss issues together online anywhere, anytime. For you, Connect provides easy access to information relevant to your child’s classes and learning such as assessments, teacher feedback and attendance data.
Schools can use Connect to keep you updated with important information such as upcoming events, excursions, classroom activities, photos and stories. These can be sent to you via email or push notification on your phone. Download Connect Now from the Apple App Store or Google Play to receive phone notifications.
Connect generally communicates with parents who are listed as ”Parent/Guardian 1” on our systems. If you require more than one Connect account (eg blended / split families) please contact us by no later than 12 February 2018.
Connect and the school website will be the main form of parent communication moving forward. Should you not have access to either forum hard copies will be available for collection from the front office.
You will soon receive your secure login information to Connect via the email address we have on file for you. If you have recently changed your email address, please let us know by email so we can update your details.
To find out more about Connect
Check out the short video clip on Connect at https://vimeo.com/connectwa/welcome