Articles by: gavin.keller

EDU-VO-CATION – Learning for Life Edition 1

EDU-VO-CATION – Learning for Life Edition 1

  Purposeful Parenting The first in a series of articles that will be published about how The Sun Valley Group of Schools educates for Life.  The article takes a look at the massive mistakes parents and schools have made by not teaching our children how to cope with struggles. Click on the link below for the Article. Eduvocation 1 Nov[Read More…]

by November 8, 2015 Group Principal
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The School Governing Body (SGB) held their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 29 September 2015.  The Minutes of the previous AGM were approved and the Chairman delivered his Annual Report on the work of the School Governing Body.  The Chairman thanked both the Governors and the School Leadership Team for their commitment to the school. The Chairman of the Finance[Read More…]

by September 30, 2015 Group Principal
SCHOOL FEE PROPOSAL 2016

SCHOOL FEE PROPOSAL 2016

The Finance Committee of the School Governing Body has prepared the 2016 Budget Proposal.  A 10% increase is required to match the State salary offer and cope with the high cost of running a school like ours. A detailed Budget will be available for perusal at the Financial Office from Monday 14 September, two weeks prior to the AGM. The[Read More…]

by September 10, 2015 Group Principal
ROBOTICS for Grade 6

ROBOTICS for Grade 6

In a major shift, we have decided to invest in  ROBOTICS in our Technology curriculum in Grade 6 in 2015 and Grade 7 in 2016. The two year course of ROBOTICS will see the school make a substantial investment in the Robotics Curriculum, 2o robots and 20 computers in a mobile robotics lab. In order to prepare our 2016 Grade[Read More…]

by June 26, 2015 Group Principal
SOCIAL MEDIA TROLLS

SOCIAL MEDIA TROLLS

SOCIAL MEDIA NOTICE Social media is a wonderful invention that has revolutionised communication and brought the world closer. There is, however, a darker side to social media.  If you are blogging, using Twitter or writing on your Facebook page, or submitting comments on someone else’s blog or Facebook page, make sure that you have all of your facts absolutely straight[Read More…]

by June 17, 2015 Group Principal
Six Month Trial at SVPS

Six Month Trial at SVPS

  Six months of intensive re-design of our curriculum delivery has resulted in a very impressive first semester academic result. Between Grade 4 and Grade 6, 75% of the academic performance is determined by Class-based Assessments.  We call these Personal Performance Tasks.  Only 25% of the final mark is taken from formal assessments like Weekly Shines and Examinations. Between Grade[Read More…]

by June 12, 2015 Group Principal
Talk to the School Governors

Talk to the School Governors

                      Five parents are elected by the parents to represent them for a three year term of office. These five parents, although well connected in our community, welcome comments, suggestions and queries. They have created an opportunity each term for parents to share their ideas, opinions and comments. They will[Read More…]

by April 28, 2015 Group Principal
Wednesday Shine Assessment

Wednesday Shine Assessment

Following the Teachers’ Conference on Tuesday, a new Wednesday Shine procedure has been put in place. A letter explaining the system has been sent home today.  Please click on the pdf link below to read the letter. ASSESSMENT Structure 2015

by April 17, 2015 Group Principal
New School Governing Body Elected

New School Governing Body Elected

The role of a School Governing Body is a vital and essential part of delivering an exceptional quality of education.  This group of people forms the elected team to represent parents, teachers, administrators and custodians. This is the Group that works very closely with the School Leadership Team, setting out the Vision and Mission of our School, pondering, planning and[Read More…]

by March 25, 2015 Group Principal
Leading a Creative and Innovative school

Leading a Creative and Innovative school

Leading a high performance school in the 21st century is not for the faint hearted.  The better the product, the greater the demand.  Today we enjoy an enrolment of 1130 students.  Each one is a unique being, nurtured and supported by a family. Unlike most good schools, Sun Valley has a tradition of thinking out of the box, striving to[Read More…]