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SMITIS Newsletter

15 November, 2013

Star Mountains Institute of Technology International School Our purpose is to develop internationally-minded and life-long learners who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect, and strive to be: inquirers; knowledgeable; thinkers; communicators; principled; open-minded; caring; risk-takers; balanced; and reflective. With the end of term fast approaching, there are still a few major events planned. Tabubil’s Got Talent will be held at the school on Thursday, 28 November, from 6.00-8.00pm. The ELC will hold its end-of-year presentation on Monday, 2 December, while the K-7 Annual Presentation will be held on Wednesday, 5 December, from 6.00pm. This important event will allow us an opportunity to recognise and celebrate student achievement throughout 2013. A program for this event can be found in the full edition of this newsletter. If your child will not be attending up until 5 December, please advise Grace Kwale so that we can make arrangements for student semester reports that will be available on 5 /12/13 I appreciate your support. Despite alerting the issue of crossing the road safely near the school by using the designated crossings in the previous two newsletters, some children and their parents are still taking the easy and dangerous option of not using the designated crossings, as evidenced in the above photo. If this situation does not improve over the remainder of this term, then the crossing supervisors will be removed in 2014.

Dr Ken Darvall (Principal)

SMITIS Newsletters The full colour edition can be found online at: http://issuu.com/smit_international_school/docs/ smitis_newsletter_15november_2013_

The results of the Annual School Review and Development Questionnaire are published in the full edition of this newsletter. I appreciate those families who completed and returned their questionnaires. Your thoughtful responses were insightful and noted. Strategies will be planned and implemented in 2014 to address aspects requiring development. It has been a busy fortnight with library training for district schools being provided by our Library Assistant, Jenny Wai. Last week’s disco was enjoyable and fun with some incredible hula dancing from the students.Last Saturday’s Market Day was a successful event with lots of fun, food and bargains available to those in attendance. An interschool sports day was held yesterday and the day provided an opportunity for participating schools to be involved in team sports that they would not normally have the opportunity to play.

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Principled is one of the attributes of the Learner Profile and one of our core values at SMITIS.

! They take responsibility for their actions and their consequences.

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Weekly awards are presented to students who demonstrate Learner Profile attributes.

Who is principled?

Other attributes include: communicator; caring; balanced; knowledgeable; risk-taker; reflective; inquirer; open-minded; and thinker.

They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere.

School and Class Photos Orders have closed and photos are expected for delivery from 2 December.

After School Activities A reminder that this was the last week of After School Activities for Term 4.

Canteen There will be a final canteen day held on Friday, 29 November. Order forms will go home towards the end of next week and must be returned to the Main Office by Tuesday, 26 November.

P&W Meeting

Tabubil’s Got Talent A showcase of talent will be on display on Thursday, 28 November, from 6.00-8.00pm. Book the date now for a great night of talent.

My Home The Year 7 song, My Home, has been launched on iTunes. For your copy, go to iTunes and search for ‘My Home Star Mountains Choir’. It’s a great song! Well done, Mr Weaver and Year 7.

Key Dates Next fortnight or so.... 18/11

ACER testing commences for Y3-7

26/11

Parents & Wantoks meeting (library @ 1.00pm)

28/11

Tabubil’s Got Talent (COLA: 6.00-8.00pm)

29/11

Ball games championships

The final meeting for 2013 will be held on Tuesday, 26 November, commencing at 1.00pm in the library. Come along and be a winner.

Canteen day School assembly: Transition item

Sunshine Online Sunshine Online is a digital resource for English literacy, providing over 550 levelled ebooks and 1000 interactive activities and games. SMITIS has purchased a school and home subscription so that families with internet access may be able to access this online resource free. To do so, visit: www.sunshineonline.com.au To log in use sm332 for the username and password.

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ACER testing concludes 2/12

ELC Presentation

4/12

Annual Presentation (6.00pm)

5/12

Class parties Last day for students (2.15pm finish)

6/12

Last day for teachers

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2013 SMITIS Annual Presentation Wednesday, 4 December, from 6.00pm. PROGRAM 6.00pm

Welcome

6.05pm

Y7 awards

6.15pm

Y6 awards

6.25pm

Kinder awards

6.35pm

Y1 awards

6.45pm

Y2 awards

6.55pm

Y3 awards

7.05pm

Y4 awards

7.15pm

Y5 awards

7.25pm

Major awards International Testing Awards Academic Excellence Sporting Excellence Cultural Excellence Leadership Excellence Champion House Team

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SMITIS SCHOOL REVIEW AND DEVELOPMENT 2013 RESPONSES TO QUESTIONNAIRE FOR PARENTS/CARERS (P - 7)

This questionnaire is an important part of the SMITIS review and development process. Your feedback will help identify school strengths and areas for improvement. Most of the questions on this form ask you to rate your level of agreement. Please use a blue or black pen and tick the box that best represents your opinion. Results are confidential; do not put your name on this form.

Please return your completed questionnaire to the school in an envelope marked ‘REVIEW QUESTIONNAIRE’. Section 1 - About you 1. Child’s Year level PS:13%

TR: 13%

K: 10%

Y1: 7%

Y4: 4%

Y5: 9%

Y6: 8%

Y7: 13%

Y2: 10%

Y3: 13%

2. In which year did your child first start at this school? 2004 (1%) 2006 (5%) 2007 (4%) 2008 (9%) 2009 (13%) 2010 (4%) 2011 (12%) 2012 (13%) 2013 (30%) 3. Who is completing this questionnaire? Mother 53%

Father 22%

Both Mother and Father 25%

Other 0%

4. Does your family usually speak a language other than English at home? Yes 75%

Language Tok Pisin (90%)

No 25%

Section 2 - About School Strongly Agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

1. I receive regular information about my child’s progress.

20%

66%

10%

4%

2. The things my child is learning are relevant to his/her needs.

32%

65%

3%

0%

3. Teachers encourage my child to do his/her best.

51%

45%

3%

1%

4. My child’s reports are useful to me.

66%

33%

1%

0%

5. I am aware of the standard of work that is expected of my child.

29%

61%

10%

0%

6. This school provides opportunities for students, teachers and parents to meet together to discuss student progress.

47%

47%

5%

1%

7. I appreciate the opportunities to meet staff before and after school to discuss any matters.

36%

60%

4%

0%

8. Parent/Teacher interviews provide me with sufficient information about my child’s progress at school.

66%

32%

1%

1%

Learning and Teaching

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Strongly Agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

9. This school caters for the individual needs of my child.

21%

74%

4%

1%

10. My child enjoys learning at this school.

48%

52%

0%

0%

11. My child enjoys being at this school.

55%

44%

1%

0%

12. There is support for my child if bullying or harassment occurs.

36%

47%

13%

4%

13. This school celebrates the achievements of students.

44%

55%

1%

0%

14. Management of student behaviour is effective at this school.

34%

60%

3%

3%

15. This school takes my concerns seriously.

31%

61%

7%

1%

16. This school sets high standards for student conduct.

42%

53%

4%

1%

17. This school provides a safe and caring environment.

53%

39%

5%

3%

Strongly Agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

18. This school promotes its values.

48%

46%

5%

0%

19. I have opportunities to voice my opinion at this school.

28%

64%

8%

0%

20. School buildings and grounds are well looked after.

53%

37%

10%

0%

21. I have confidence in the management of this school.

40%

53%

5%

2%

22. I am informed promptly if my child has a problem.

41%

52%

5%

2%

23. School resources are well maintained and are current

42%

58%

0%

0%

Strongly Agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

24. I feel welcome at this school.

47%

52%

1%

0%

25. Communication between the school and parents is effective.

43%

51%

3%

3%

26. The school newsletter contains useful information for me.

56%

43%

1%

0%

27. I have opportunities to be involved in school activities if I want to.

43%

56%

1%

0%

Very Satisfied

Mostly Satisfied

Somewhat Dissatisfied

Very Dissatisfied

28. Overall I am satisfied with my child’s education at this school.

42%

52%

5%

1%

29. Overall I am satisfied with this school.

41%

51%

5%

3%

30. I am satisfied this school has high expectations in all that it does (eg. teaching and learning, student behaviour…..).

51%

44%

1%

4%

Student Environment

Leadership and Management

Community Involvement

Section 3 - Your overall view…

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SMITIS SCHOOL REVIEW AND DEVELOPMENT 2013 ANALYSIS OF PARENTS’ DATA Parents and carers were invited to complete the 2013 SMITIS School Review and Development Questionnaire in October 2013. KEY TRENDS IDENTIFIED SECTION 1: ABOUT YOU •

53% of questionnaires were completed by mothers while 25% of questionnaires were completed by both parents.

66% of questionnaires were from parents who had children in P-3.

75% of respondents spoke a language other than English at home. (90% of these respondents spoke Tok Pisin).

SECTION 2: ABOUT SMITIS Learning & Teaching Strengths •

My child’s reports are useful to me. (99%)

Parent/Teacher interviews provide me with sufficient information about my child’s progress at SMITIS. (98%)

The things my child is learning are relevant to his/her needs. (97%)

Teachers encourage my child to do his/her best. (96%)

I appreciate the opportunities to meet staff before and after school to discuss any matters. (96%)

SMITIS provides opportunities for students, teachers and parents to meet together to discuss student progress. (94%)

General Dissatisfaction •

I DO NOT receive regular information about my child’s progress. (14%)

I AM NOT aware of the standard of work that is expected of my child. (10%)

Student Environment Strengths •

My child enjoys learning at SMITIS. (100%)

My child enjoys being at SMITIS. (99%)

SMITIS celebrates the achievements of students. (99%)

SMITIS sets high standards for student conduct. (95%)

Management of student behaviour is effective at SMITIS. (94%)

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General Dissatisfaction •

There IS NOT support for my child if bullying or harassment occurs. (17%)

Leadership & Management Strengths •

School resources are well maintained and are current. (100%)

SMITIS promotes its values. (95%)

I have confidence in the management of SMITIS. (93%)

I am informed promptly if my child has a problem. (93%)

General Dissatisfaction •

SMITIS buildings and grounds ARE NOT well looked after. (10%)

Community Involvement Strengths •

I feel welcome at SMITIS. (99%)

The SMITIS newsletter contains useful information for me. (99%)

I have opportunities to be involved in SMITIS activities if I want to. (99%)

Communication between SMITIS and parents is effective. (94%)

General Dissatisfaction Nil

SECTION 3: YOUR OVERALL VIEW Strengths •

I am satisfied SMITIS has high expectations in all that it does. (95%)

Overall, I am satisfied with my child’s education at SMITIS. (94%)

Overall, I am satisfied with SMITIS. (92%)

General Dissatisfaction Nil

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Star Mountains Institute of Technology International School Newman Road, TABUBIL. 332 Western Province, Papua New Guinea P: (+675) 6499 233 F: (+675) 6499 324 E: smitis@smit.ac.pg www.smit.ac.pg

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