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In education, research has shown that teaching quality and leadership are the most important factors in raising student achievement. For teachers to be as effective as possible, we must continually expand our knowledge and skills to implement the best educational practices. To continue to strive to help students learn at the highest levels, the staff at Loreto Nedlands participate in various professional development days throughout the year.

Professional development days provide a collaborative learning environment for teachers and allow teams of teachers to focus on the needs of their students. Teaching staff learn and problem-solve together to ensure all students achieve success.

Recently, the staff at Loreto Nedlands have participated in I.T, Numeracy, and EAL/D (English as an Additional Language/Dialect) professional development days. During the I.T session, Education Assistants developed their knowledge of specific iPad apps that support the teaching and learning in our classrooms. It is important that all staff at Loreto Nedlands are able to integrate technology into the classroom as it equips educators with various tools to help students develop a better understanding of the material being taught.

Card tricks, dice, and confusing mathematical conundrums were presented to our teachers during our recent Numeracy professional development day. Maths ‘tricks” help students learn techniques on how to solve questions, develop greater confidence in maths-based tasks and improve their skills and understanding. Mathematics provides an effective way of building mental discipline and encourages logical reasoning and mental accuracy. In addition, mathematical knowledge plays a crucial role in understanding the contents of other school subjects such as science, music, and even art.

During our recent EAL/D professional development, teachers identified key aspects of how to best support our EAL/D students:

  • High expectations
  • Explicit teaching
  • Effective feedback
  • Use of data to inform practice
  • High-quality student assessment
  • Classroom management
  • Wellbeing
  • Professional collaboration

Students engage positively and learn effectively when they see themselves reflected in the content of the curriculum. Using specific practices in the classroom, teachers are able to understand the range of skills their EAL/D students bring to learning, and subsequently to raise the complexity of tasks for these learners.

Loreto Young Writers Competition

Congratulations to the following students:

Year One

Prose Winner | Evelyn

Prose Runner-Up | Chloe

Poetry Winner | Joanna

Poetry Runner-Up | Angus

Year Two

Prose Winner | Emerald

Prose Runner-Up | Alexander

Poetry Winner | Rose

Poetry Runner-Up | Grant

Year Three

Prose Winner | Elizabeth

Prose Runner-Up | Clementine

Poetry Winner | Charlie

Poetry Runner-Up | Anabella V

Year Four

Prose Winner | Christian

Prose Runner-Up | Kitty

Poetry Winner | Emma

Poetry Runner-Up | Charlotte

Year Five

Prose Winner | Ashwell

Prose Runner-Up | Maika

Poetry Winner | Robbie

Poetry Runner Up | Luke

Year Six

Prose Winner | Matilda

Prose Runner-Up | Novella

Poetry Winner | Cecilia

Poetry Runner-Up | Caitlin

Little Moments

Lucas (Pre-Kindy) | Positive Approach to Learning

Matthew (Pre-Kindy) | Positive Approach to Learning

Aliya (Kindy) | Positive Approach to Learning

Layla (Kindy) | Positive Approach to Learning

Sebastian (Kindy) | Amazing Manners

Sophia (Kindy) | Amazing Manners

Henry (Pre-Primary) | Positive Approach to Learning

Poppy (Pre-Primary) | Growth Mindset

Luca (Pre-Primary) | Growth Mindset

Liam (Pre-Primary) | Displaying the Value of Freedom

Flynn (Year Four) | Growth Mindset

Harrison Men (Year Four) | Growth Mindset

Zoe (Year Six) | Positive Approach to Learning

Henry (Year Six) | Positive Approach to Learning

Rebecca Barfoot, Assistant Principal, Loreto Nedlands