Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

English / Literacy

National Year of ReadingProbably the biggest ongoing event that will take place in the Library this year will be the National Year of Reading Activities. This year long event has evolved as a result of the Federal Governments’ Adult Literacy and Life Skills survey that was conducted in 2006. This survey showed that nearly half Australia’s population, 46% cannot read a newspaper, follow a recipe, make sense of a timetable, or understand the instructions on a medicine bottle. These Australians struggle to meet the most basic reading demands of everyday life and work.

Read more: National Year of Reading 2012

Principal Andrew GravestocksThe report has been presented to staff and Governing Council and it is now up to us, as a school, to work through the recommendations that were made during the process. A really good part of the report is that it contains not only recommendations for us to strive for but also commendations from the review team on what we are doing well. In essence the main recommendations from my point of view were to ;
  • Develop a whole school literacy agreement
  • Dig deeper into an aspect of literacy e.g. reading .
  • Implement a leadership structure at the school to support our focus on literacy.
If you would like to read a copy of the Executive Summary, it will be posted on our webpage soon and hard copies are available from school.

This week, staff across the school have been working with Margaret and Roy Menner. Margaret and Roy are literacy specialists who work with school nationally and internationally to assist them to develop whole school, consistent literacy practices.
We believe that specialist training coupled with the re-structuring of classrooms and the timetable will enable us to engage all students in quality literacy programmes.

Our school will be taking part in a Diagnostic Review process on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of week 1 next term.

The aim of this process is to look at ways of building on student learning outcomes in literacy and enhancing the education programs for our students both now and into the future.

The visiting team of 7 comprises of people from the Department of Education and Children’s Services, our Regional Office and a teacher from the staff. Many staff, students and parents will be involved in interview or discussion groups. Student learning will be observed and an extensive range of school data analysed. It is anticipated that a report will be back in the school by the end of May and its findings will provide directions for school development over the next three years.

After the diagnostic review we will work to further develop our literacy teaching and learning programs.

Thank you in anticipation to all who contribute to this process. It will provide our school with commendations and recommendations to assist us enhance our teaching and learning programs.

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