What a great inspiring story!
This fortnight (week 7-8) our focus is 'Collaborate'.
Well done Lucy Ellingham from Room 1 for winning the Writing Challenge for our focus of 'Persist'.
Read her amazing story here:
“I hate maths” mumbled Lucy bitterly, her head slumped on the table. “So Lucy” said Mr van-dam
“Yes” replied Lucy
“Do you know the answer?”
“The answer to what?” said Lucy confused
“The answer about how to divide two fourths of twenty into 5”
“Oh, um, 24” Lucy blurted out.
“Okay, not quite right, but close”replied Mr van
“Yes Bob” said Mr van dam
“1” said Bob proudly
Sooner or later the home bell rang.
“Good afternoon everyone, have a great night!” Said Mr van dam
Lucy thought about how embarrassed she felt the whole way home.
The next day she decided to try hard to learn something.
She paid so much attention. A answer appeared in her head, she put her hand up “Yes Lucy” “Is it 38” “Yes Lucy, well done!”
Lucy felt warm fuzzies all over her stomach. Each day she noticed that she was improving. A week later Mr Van-dam said who knows how to divide seven ninths into eighty nine, Hands shot up all over the class. But finally Lucy felt enough courage that she could possibly have the answer. “Six?” “Yes!” replied Mr Van-Dam
She was now the classes math magician.
She had improved so much that it was hard for her to remember, how she never thought she could improve. She persisted!
The moral is this story is to persist and to believe in yourself and know you can improve!
Well done Ruby Burnett from Room 1 for winning the Writing Challenge for our focus of 'Support'.
Read her amazing story here:
Ouch! Bentley had just fallen over in cross country practice. “Ha ha! You’re so bad at running,” said a girl as she ran past him. Bentley felt frightened and worried. This girl always made fun of him during cross country practice. But the worst thing was no one was supporting him, they were all being bystanders.
So Bentley tried to use his Kid Powers but the bully wasn’t stopping. Suddenly the bell rang. Bentley was hurt but he would just have to ignore it; he tried but he couldn’t stop thinking about the bully. On the other hand his friend Jerry felt really bad about what happened. So at lunch time he knew the bully was going to come back and he had a plan.
Ring ring ring! It was time for lunch so Bentley went onto the field and started to play tag. Just as Jerry thought, the girl headed over to them and began to say something mean to Bentley. However this time Jerry stood up for Bentley and the bully started to feel really pressured so she stopped after that. Bentley said thank you and they played tag happily after that. The support of one person can really make a big difference!
Coatesville Competencies Writing Competition
Congratulations to Jackson Ling (room 3) whose story about the importance of listening has been chosen as this fortnight’s winning story. Check out our school newsletter and competency blog to read Jackson's story.
Thank you to everyone who entered this fortnight, your stories were all fantastic! We are looking forward to poem and story entries this fortnight about our Competencies Focus of 'Focus'.
Always Listen, By Jackson Ling
Once upon a time there were three kiwis, nine sparrows and four fantails. One day they were all playing soccer on the field. The teacher told them to “go back to class”, but they just ignored her and kept on playing! Then the teacher explained that if they didn't go back to class they would have to go to the principal, Mr Kahu. The sparrows stop playing, and soon the fantails stopped playing... But the kiwis didn't, so they got sent to Mr Kahu. Mr Kahu was not impressed and they had to stay in at lunch time to write apologies for not listening - The moral of this story, is always make sure you listen and follow instructions!
Coatesville Competencies Writing Competition
Congratulations to Kees Thorburn (room 9) whose story about how the kiwi taught the robin to be prepared has been chosen as this fortnight’s winning story. Check out our school newsletter and competency blog to read Kees’s story.
Thank you to everyone who entered this fortnight, your stories were all fantastic!
Competency – Prepared
Once upon a time there was a robin. He was too busy playing soccer that he was not ready for school. So Mr Tui was angry at him. Messi the Kiwi decided to help him. So Kiwi showed Robin how to put his drink bottle in the class, his brain snack in the box and book bag in his tote-tray. He remembered every day.
By Kees Thorburn
This year we have decided to revamp our wonderful Coatesville Competencies. After a review of our indicators as a staff last year, we knew it was time to bring the Competencies back to the forefront and make sure everyone at Coatesville School really understood the revised competencies.
New Student Speak Progressions
This term all classes have worked really hard and provided their ideas to create ‘student speak’ Indicators. Here are a couple of examples below:
Under the Responsibility Competency, one of the indicators is Prepare, and the student speak version is: I can make sure that I am ready for learning.
Under the Respect Competency, one of the indicators is Appreciate, and the student speak version is: I can value other people and their ideas.
Now that all classes have had their voice in creating the ‘student speak’ indicators, I am working on creating Success Lists, so students can set goals and track progress in their new Progression Books!
Competency Focus of the Fortnight
We will now be having a Competency Focus of the Fortnight!
Starting term 1, week three, each fortnight there will be a competency focus every two weeks (see image below for the term 1 schedule).
Teachers and Peer mediators will be providing learning opportunities around this focus throughout the fortnight. There will be fun activities, videos and quotes in the Daily Notices, lessons in class and items at Assembly! Our first focus starts in week 3 and it is Responsibility - Prepare.
Competency bands are still a big deal at Coatesville School, but how students earn them has changed.
Value Bands are such a privilege to earn! If a student Completes a Success List for a competency (e.g. Responsibility) and are consistently showing all indicators, and this has been signed off on their Success List by their class teacher, they will be presented the band for that Competency at school Assembly - parents will be informed by class teachers if this is going to happen.
Check out our page on the school website here for more information :)
Coatesville Competency focus of the fortnight Schedule
Due to Ag Day & having a Friday off in lieu, we were a bit behind on our Gotcha Draw but we managed to have one on Friday at our wonderful Assembly.
Well done to our three wonderful winners who showed Respect, Responsibility or Reflection & got themselves into the draw. A huge thank you to our generous sponsor Nicky White of Precision Real Estate for providing the $20 Westfield vouchers every fortnight - we appreciate your support.
As the school years draws closer to an end, I am sure there will be many students striving to earn their Competency Bands - make sure you do all you can to get yours by the end of the year by showing Respect, Responsibility and Reflection.
Another wonderful draw was held last week at Assembly.
Look at our deserving winners of the Westfield Vouchers! Thanks Nicky White of Precision Real Estate for your continued support with the vouchers each fortnight.
Make sure that you get yourself in the draw next week by showing our school competencies -
Next Main Ag Day Sponsor
We are thrilled to announce that Nicky White of Precision Real Estate is a 2017 Ag Day Main Sponsor once more. Your continued support of Coatesville School is totally appreciated! Thank you so much Nicky for your sponsorship funds, supplying the Westfield voucher prizes for the on-going Coatesville Competencies Gotcha Ticket Draws and all the other support you give in the wider community (most of the time under the radar)!
Please click on the logo above to find out more about our Nicky!
Well done to our three winners of the Gotcha Draw this fortnight. Thank you once again Nicky White of Precision Real Estate for your continued support with a $20 voucher for each winner, what an awesome prize!
Congratulations to the following students for earning Competency bands, what a wonderful accomplishment.
Sam Rutter – Responsibility
Kara Windust – Respect
Well done to everyone who made themselves in to win, by getting a Gotcha ticket over the last fortnight! Congratulations to our Gotcha draw winners, each receiving a Westfield Voucher, thanks to Nicky White of Precision Real Estate :)
Fantastic job to the wonderful people getting Competency Bands this week too!