22 Feb 2018

A Message from Mr Holden

Parent Teacher Meetings in 2018

In Week 7 there will be an opportunity for you to meet with your son’s teachers, primarily with the aim to discuss his progress so far and also to set learning targets for the year. Semester 1 progress reports will follow at the end of Term 2. In Term 3 there will be a second formal opportunity for you to meet with your son’s teachers to review progress. Finally, a comprehensive end of year report will be issued at the conclusion of Term 4. An email invitation will be sent next week for you to book your first meeting time for either Tuesday 13 March, 3:30pm – 6:30pm or Thursday 15 March, 3:30pm – 6:30pm.

One of our key learning areas we are targeting across the whole school this year is to continue to improve the quality of our students’ writing. As such we are implementing the ‘Big Write’ approach which we feel is an excellent vehicle to equip our boys with the skills and knowledge to become even more confident writers. Big Write is also a natural progression from the ‘Friday Write’ program we have used for a number of years at Wyvern. The essential elements of are: 

  • weekly Big Write sessions in all classes,
  • talk home learning which is available on SPACES each week as part of boys’ home learning routine because ‘if they can’t say it…they can’t write it’,
  • VCOP (Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers, Punctuation) interactive walls within each classroom which the boys contribute to,
  • writing goals for boys, set for the following week based on feedback from weekly Big Writes.

There will be regular updates about Big Write on each grade’s SPACES page. Furthermore, at the next P & F general meeting on 22 March, Ms Aimee Parkinson, our Big Write facilitator, will give a presentation about this important initiative.

Ian Holden
Head of Wyvern House

Newington, Wyvern House

115 Cambridge Street
Stanmore NSW 2048
+61 2 9568 9444


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