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From the Deputy Prep - 2
We often remind students that every day counts and encourage families to ensure children are at school every day unless they are unwell.  It is just as important that we help children to be at school on time so they do not miss key learning in the morning as the day begins. Every minute counts!
We know how important it is for children to learn to read well.  At Silkstone State School we invest heavily in teaching children to read in ways that are both engaging for the children and effective.  We allocate a lot of additional staff to provide support to those students who need to be extended in their reading or who need support to learn the foundations of reading.  We work on celebrating effort and achievement in reading and encourage children to read for themselves not just for school.  Our teachers work together and regularly engage in professional development to continually refine their teaching strategies to meet the needs of the class.  However, for children to be really effective readers they also need to read for themselves.  They need to find books they are interested in and read a variety of material eg: magazines, picture books, recipes, comics, novels, newspapers, game instructions, etc. Here is an image that demonstrates a simple technique for improving reading at home….the good old ‘practice makes perfect’ motto.
In Prep, our children are learning about letters and the sounds they make.  They are using these sounds to understand words and to begin to engage in reading and writing.  Our teachers work very hard to make this learning fun and memorable.  In Prep A, the class were learning the letter ‘f’. To help them say and hear the letter ‘f’ they were looking at and tasting some items that started with the ‘f’ sound eg; figs, frog lollies, etc. 
In Year One, students continue learning about sounds made by single letters and sounds made by letters that blend together.  They take part in activities to break apart those sounds which helps them when they are reading to break apart words they do not know until they learn to recognise them quickly.  In writing it helps students to think about letters or letter combinations they can use to represent the sounds they hear in words.
In Year Two, our students are learning to read poetry and understand the messages the poem is trying to share.  They are engaging in conversation and discussion with the teacher and each other.  Ask your child, what poem has been their favourite so far!
Kellie Stanton
Deputy Principal
From the Deputy 3 - 4
Active Learners: 
Each day I have the opportunity visit classrooms and see the great work that students are doing, it is always nice to see the pride students take in the work and effort they put into the presentation. I love being able to listen to students talk about what they are learning. This week in 3B Faitala was working really hard around spelling and handwriting, Faitala was also student of the week in 3B.
Ella in 3B was also taking great pride in her spelling and handwriting, we are so proud of the safe, respectful, responsible active learners at Silkstone SS.  
Katrina Harris
Deputy Principal
From the Deputy 5 - 6 
Year 6 Camp
Last week I had the privilege of attending the Year 6 school camp. This was a wonderful experience for our students and teachers. Our students were certainly challenged and overcame some fears. They also learned about teamwork and how to look out for each other. I would like to thank the teachers that attended camp and also those who organised and worked with the students still at school.
Year 5 Camp
Our Year 5 students have a camp booked in at the Sunshine Coast for Monday 21st to Wednesday 23rd May. Notes for this camp will be coming home this week.
This year we have been looking at ways that we can support all of our students to feel supported and included. You may see that some classrooms have different layouts this year to meet a range of needs of the students in the class and some classrooms are also beginning their day with ‘community circles’ where students have the opportunity to check in with how they are feeling at the beginning of the day and identify if they need anything to be ready to learn. These routines are part of a whole school approach to inclusive practices and we have a team at school who will be looking at a range of data and information to support the wonderful work that is happening in this area and plan for the future. We will be talking to students this term about how they feel and ways that they can be supported in a range of school contexts.
Shannyn Taylor
Deputy Principal