Kellyville Public School

Our school context at October 2018

School name: Kellyville Public School

School code: 2274

Number of students: 780

Principal: Jenny Walker

Director Educational Leadership: Emma Kriketos

Principal Network: The Ponds

Our funded school initiatives

Initiative 1

Facilitating the resourcing of a non-teaching Assistant Principal to have an Instructional Leadership role in leading the QTSS initiative at Kellyville Public School.

Impact and achievements

The Induction and Mentor programs have had a positive impact on student learning. Early career teachers and new teachers to KPS have been supported with the implementation of pedagogies embedded in teaching and learning programs/practices and the development of effective classroom practice. Lessons are planned, modelled and reviewed. As a result quality teaching is occurring in classrooms K-6. Early career teachers constitute 50% of classroom teachers and parents comment positively on their commitment to student learning and wellbeing and their professionalism. This feedback indicates that the systems implemented to drive school-wide improvement in teaching practice and student performance are effective.

Initiative 2

Funding professional learning on research-based pedagogies that impact positively on student learning and performance including Lane Clark’s Inquiry Based Learning and John Hattie’s Visible Learning Research.

Impact and achievements

Students engage in authentic real life problem solving inquiries and utilise various thinking processes to drive the inquiry. Students self-assess and evaluate their learning using success criteria. One of the products and achievements of the inquiry process is the Place of Remembrance and Memorial Wall. This inquiry-based project has provided our school community with a quiet place to reflect and honour Kellyville war veterans.  The Rededication of the recently found Kellyville Honour Rolls will take place the week of Remembrance Day, at our Place of Remembrance, by the Honourable Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial.

Initiative 3

Teachers engaging in building their own and their students’ knowledge of Aboriginal Histories and Culture and the 8 Ways of Aboriginal Learning.

Impact and achievements

Programming using the 8 Ways of Aboriginal Learning began in 2018. Stage 2 students are implementing the 8 ways in their Science, Geography and English programs. Students are engaged and have a metalanguage to describe their learning. A retired Aboriginal Education Consultant shared her knowledge and further explained the 8 Ways of Learning to the Custodians of the Place of Kookaburras. The Custodians are a group of Year 3 students who have become experts about our Aboriginal Garden, Guganagina Ngurang, the Place of Kookaburras. The students will share their knowledge with students and visitors so that the histories and culture of the Darug people are respected and retained. The highlight of this initiative is the construction of a yarning circle that incorporates the symbols of the 8 Ways Aboriginal pedagogy. The yarning circle provides a place for reflection and communication for members of our school community.

Initiative 4

Enabling the implementation of a Technology Initiative: the effective integration of technology into classroom practice has been an ongoing priority in KPS school plans. To facilitate achievement of this goal the following strategies have been implemented:

  • teachers with technology expertise leading professional learning for colleagues
  • 3 expert teachers are released from class to mentor and team teach lessons to develop both colleagues and students’ technology skills.

Impact and achievements

The Technology Initiative has built the capacity of teachers by providing an opportunity for teachers with expertise in technology to develop leadership skills, and for all teachers to improve their skill and confidence with technologies. As a result, BookCreator, Seesaw and Scatch applications have been effectively integrated into teaching and learning programs. Students are independently able to use these applications to document their learning, develop critical and creative thinking skills and develop coding skills. As a result of this initiative a Coding Club and Lego WeDo Club have been established by the Teacher Librarian during lunchtime. Stage 3 students are trained to mentor younger peers. It has been a very successful program with many Stage 3 students leading and sharing their knowledge and expertise to build the skills of students from K-6.

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