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Annesley News Issue 219

Principal’s News: From the Coordinator of Literacy

Annesley is leading the way in South Australia with the implementation of Sounds-Write, an evidence-based phonics program that is proven to produce above-average literacy achievement for primary students.

 Why Sounds-Write?

Annesley’s teaching team sought an alternative phonics program in 2022 as part of our ongoing commitment to delivering excellence in literacy attainment. Through research, we identified Sounds-Write as a program with which we could systematically teach the skills, concepts and code knowledge of the English language so all Annesley students are equipped to become confident and proficient in reading, writing and spelling.

Originating and widely implemented in the UK for over twenty years, Sounds-Write is used in Australian schools in the Eastern States and in Western Australia. The Department for Education in Western Australia recently endorsed Sounds-Write as a high-quality phonics program.

What is Sounds-Write?

Sounds-Write is a structured program which builds on the pre-reading skills of oral language and phonological awareness needed for reading success. Reading, writing and spelling are part of every lesson. Our Reception to Year 3 teachers deliver Sounds-Write instruction with consistent, frequent, and explicit lessons every week, focusing on teaching the skills of segmenting, blending, and manipulating phonemes (sounds).

Through sustained and ongoing engagement with the Sounds-Write program, students learn the full code, 175+ of the most common spellings of the 44 sounds in the English language. They build conceptual understanding that sounds are represented by 1,2,3 or 4 letters, a sound can be represented in many ways and one spelling can represent different sounds.

Evidence-based

A longitudinal study has been undertaken to evaluate the efficacy of the Sounds-Write program. Data was collected on student’s achievement in spelling between 2005 and 2009 in the UK. Spelling a word requires synthesis of their phonics knowledge.

Within the 1600 students assessed, the study showed that by the end of Year 2, students participating in Sounds-Write instruction at school were on average 12 months ahead in their spelling age than their chronological age. (Susan Case, Dave Philpot and John Walker)

Sounds-Write Boost Program

Annesley’s Personalised Learning Team have developed and documented a Sounds-Write “Boost” intervention program, providing students with the opportunity to acquire these foundational skills in small-group, intensive workshop settings.

Measuring Impact

At Annesley, we continually track assessment data to measure the impact of our teaching and learning. Twelve months into our implementation of Sounds-Write, our data already shows that less students are needing less intervention support. We are excited by the engagement, achievement and enjoyments experienced by our young learners at Annesley from Sounds-Write and excited about what is to come! John Walker, the Founder of Sounds Write visited Annesley last year and we have many schools observing Sounds-Write at Annesley and learning from our team.

As the Coordinator of Literacy, I have time allocated in my schedule to ensure the integrity of the program exists across our school as we continue to implement Sounds-Write at Annesley in 2024.

Steph Bates
Coordinator of Literacy

Harmony Day

Annesley was a vibrant sea of orange and cultural dress on Thursday for Harmony Day as we celebrated the many benefits of living in a multicultural society.  We value the wealth of perspectives different cultures bring to our community and appreciate how the mutual exchange of ideas can lead to new opportunities and understandings. A special thankyou to the students and families who shared artefacts, clothing, stories and other traditions from their home and family cultures with their classes. Our coffees from around the world were a big hit with staff and parents at the Bouncing Bean this week, raising $500 for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Bouncing Bean Hours

Our Bouncing Bean Café and Unify Second-Hand store are open at the following times each week:

Before School: 8.15am – 9am, Everyday
Morning Break: 11.05am – 11.45am, Everyday
Wednesday Afternoons: 3pm – 4pm

Pastor Pete is here to stay!

We are thrilled to share the wonderful news that Rev. Pete Morton’s placement in his current role at Annesley has been approved for a further 5 years by the Uniting Church Placements Committee. This extension speaks volumes about Pete’s incredible impact on our community, from working with our youngest learners to our oldest, supporting our staff team, and engaging with our parent community.

Pete’s dedication and commitment are immeasurable in value, and we are truly blessed to have him as part of our school community for another 5 years. Recently, a parent on tour described him as “The coolest school chaplain ever,” a sentiment we absolutely agree with!

Pete, never underestimate the value of your work in our school. Your presence and contributions enrich our community in countless ways, and we look forward to many more years of your inspiring leadership.

Swimming Week 2024

Our students created some excitement at the Unley Swimming Centre during Swimming Week! It was a week filled with aquatic experiences and learning, from strengthening their swimming abilities to learning essential water safety skills.

Fringe on our doorstep

Our Base 3 students have been preparing for their own Fringe performance as part of their How We Express Ourselves unit. 'People can express their unique voice through the arts'. This week, they had a clown workshop presented by a Fringe performer to learn the skills of clowning. We can't wait to see their performance in Week 1!

Easter Chapel 28th March

Primary Sports Day Friday 5th April

A reminder that Sports Day will be on Friday 5th April. The Parent Events Team are still looking for volunteers to help on the day with cooking the BBQ, serving food and packing up at the end of the day. If you haven’t already purchased Lunch packs, head to School Stream to finalise.

All orders must be PREPAID on School Stream before Monday 25th March and extra orders are available for siblings and parents.

Grandparents and Special Friends Days 2024

We warmly welcome our Grandparents and special friends to join us on the following dates. These special event dates have been planned and integrated into the students learning experiences in each year level. Teaching staff will share more details as these events approach.

ELC:  Wednesday 12th June
Reception: Wednesday 6th November
Year 1: Friday 30 August
Year 2: Thursday 8th August
Year 3: Tuesday 11th June
Year 4: Monday 19th August
Year 5: Thursday 17th October
Year 6: Tuesday 14th May 

News from Reception Penny & Jess

Performing Arts News

This year, every class has two Arts lessons every week. This Semester some year levels have a focus on Performing Arts while others are engaging in Visual Arts.

Upcoming Dates Term 1 

Friday 5th April: Primary Sports Day
Monday 8th April: In School Poetry Recital Competition
Monday 8th April: Reception Celebration of Learning
Tuesday 9th April: ELC Sports Morning
Friday 12th April: Last Day of Term 1
Monday 29th April: Start of Term 2

Would you like to volunteer at Annesley?

Our website now has a volunteering page under the Community Tab that outlines clearly the process we require our family members to follow to volunteer at Annesley. This process meets legislative requirements in order to keep our children and volunteers safe at Annesley. See more here.

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