Everyone Belongs Week
During Week 8 at Hazel Glen College, the Junior School have been celebrating diversity and inclusiveness through ‘Everyone Belongs’ Week. The week has encompassed 3 important events; National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, World Down Syndrome Day and Harmony Day.
National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence is Australia’s key anti-bullying event. It is a day where we take a stand together against bullying and violence. Throughout the week, the Student Representative Council have been selling wristbands to promote this event and to raise awareness about bullying. Students have also been having important conversations in their classrooms to discuss what to do if they are being bullied, or if they see someone being bullied. At Hazel Glen College, we say NO to bullying.
On World Down Syndrome Day, people all around the world celebrate the lives and achievements of those with Down Syndrome. This day creates a global voice in advocating for the rights, inclusion and wellbeing of people with Down syndrome. To recognise this special day, all of our Year 1 students wore odd socks on Wednesday in support of a fellow peer.
Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s Cultural Diversity. It is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values. Within the Junior School, we have been doing activities in the classroom to promote the acceptance of heritages, traditions and communities of all cultures. Our diversity at Hazel Glen College is what makes us so special.
‘Everyone Belongs’ Week has been a wonderful reminder to our community of the supportive and inclusive College we have at Hazel Glen. Let’s continue to celebrate our differences and always be kind.
CAMHS And Schools Early Action (CASEA) Program
Hazel Glen College is fortunate to be partnering with Austin Health to deliver an early intervention program that works to support children, families and the wider school community. The Austin CASEA program promotes young children’s social, emotional and behavioural development. The program is free and has been developed to help children understand and express emotions, and to be better at problem solving and getting along with others. The program has also been shown to have a beneficial impact on children’s academic learning. Parent and child support is provided through group programs which are run at the school.
Junior School Tours
School tours are a great way for prospective families to experience our vibrant school. Families will be guided by members of our Leadership Team and have a chance to meet our students. They will have an opportunity to see the learning that takes place in our classrooms and hear about the range of programs and opportunities we offer.
Parents interested in enrolling their child at HGC are encouraged to book a tour to see our College in action. Tours will operate fortnightly on Wednesday mornings. Bookings are essential and can be made at the Junior School office.
Interim reports Term 1
Our Interim reports will be issued on Friday 20th March on Compass and provide an update for parents about their child’s work habits in each subject so far. Please read this report in conjunction with the Learning Tasks that are displayed on Seesaw.
Unfortunately, the Parent Teacher Interviews for Term 1 have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus restriction and therefore parents with concerns or queries are encouraged to contact the subject teacher to discuss.
All teachers across the College have been focusing on how we are explicitly teaching vocabulary in the classrooms and how it is an important part of literacy. The focus behind how we teach vocabulary is driven by Bastow learning and the Victorian Literacy Strategy. Our Instructional Leaders are currently providing professional learning focussing on vocabulary to our teachers.
Storytime at Junior School
On Friday 13th March, we held our first Story Time session for our HGC Kinder children and their parents in the JS Art Room. Emma Nemer, our Foundation Instructional Leader enthusiastically read “Aaaarrgghh Spider” by Lydia Monks to the Kinder children. Mat Thomson, our Year 2 Instructional Leader engaged the children and their parents in a spider craft activity. There was lots of chatter, smiles and concentration as parents and children cut, coloured and folded paper. After successfully creating spiders, teachers and families snacked on fruit and talked about reading at home.
By celebrating our love of reading, HGC Story Time sessions have been designed to create a relaxed and fun environment that supports children and their families to make positive connections to Hazel Glen College prior to commencing their first year of school. We are looking forward to hosting more Storytime sessions throughout the year, and hope to see you there.