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Wandering has an active School Council that help to make decisions and support the school. The School Council also provide assistance with budgeting and future planning of assets and resources.

Hi my name is CJ. There were 6 nominees there were Jayke Archie, Shelby, Eliza, Ariana and myself. We had interviews, speeches and votes. Well done to everyone that nominated and congratulations to all the student councillors.

Hello my name is Eliza and I am one of the student councillors for 2015. Last year my sister Amy was a student councillor and that’s when I got the idea to be a student councillor. As a student councillor i want to do fundraising. I hope you have fun with the new student councillors.

Hello my name is Jayke and this year I am a student councillor. I am looking forward to being in Mrs Presser’s class and being a senior. This year I want to raise money for kids in need. Now I want to tell you about me (Though you might already know). I am 9 years old, I am funny and kind and I love being the centre of attention. I am really looking forward to being a student councillor. Thank you for reading. See you around. (:

Hi, my name is Shelby and I was nominated as a student councillor for 2015. Jayke, Eliza, CJ, Archie, Ariana and I nominated but Jayke, CJ, Eliza and I were chosen to be the student councillors of 2015. Well done Ariana and Archie for trying, hopefully you’ll get it next year. I am very responsible and hardworking, and I hope to be an exceptional student councillor. I would like to fundraise for the RSPCA and help animals in need.

Our school is multi-aged in all classrooms. This means rather than one class per year group, our children are advantaged by having multiple year levels in each group.

What The Research Says:

  • Sixty four research papers on multi-aged classrooms found that 58% of the children in this situation did better than their peers who were in straight grades, 33% did as well and only 9% did not do so well.
  • Research showed that multi-aged children were more likely to have good ‘self’ concepts, better attitudes to school, greater resiliency and higher self-esteem than children in straight year levels.
  • Arthur Whimby ( a recognised research leader in this field), in his research program TAPS, indicated that the older children demonstrated higher academic improvement and IQ (up to 18 points). This was because they were mentors and leaders demonstrating their knowledge and understanding on a regular basis.
  • In another study in the 60’s (this concept is not new) indicated that older children, even if they were the poorer readers, improved their own reading by up to two years.

The advantages for children are-

  • quality relationships with teachers, in all rooms;
  • a positive classroom climate as is developed by teachers with children across the school.
  • enhanced learning opportunities from peer tutoring and learning. The older children may be given the opportunity to peer tutor. This is one of the most potent forms of teaching and learning in education. The younger children will experience this and the older children are provided with the opportunity of modelling their learning.
  • increased independence from teachers. More and more of the children at Wandering and in the system are having to develop individual learning techniques. The use of modern technology demands this, children in both year levels are able to model, teach and apply these skills. (University results)
  • a wider range of roles within the group for students.
  • smaller groupings, split years have less children;
  • enriched academic activities, because of the development of skills in independent learning, there is the opportunity for children to work on more specialised programs if the teacher so decides;
  • extended opportunity for socialization. Children may have two year levels to play with instead of exposure to only one.
  • improved self-esteem. Children in the senior section of the class are provided with a chance at leading their younger peers. The younger children become confident because they are dealing effectively with older children every day and may also take on leadership skills impacting on children older than themselves.
  • respect for individual differences may be developed more expediently;
  • students are assessed regularly as is the case in all classrooms. Performance is monitored to ensure that children are attaining suitable standards and not falling behind their expected year level attainment.
  • learning is based on the individual as much as is possible;
  • the focus is on success, the student moves forward, building on prior knowledge as is the case with all children.
  • students think of learning as fun, and therefore become life- long learners. All teachers aim at making this a priority.
  • that when teachers plan they do so for different ability groupings in the class. This is exactly the same in straight classes. A straight year class may have up to four groups in language and mathematics. This means that programming, evaluation and reporting are required for these groups. For that reason straight year placements are the same as a split year placement. This fact is not realised by many parents.
March 20, 2015
Published in News

Junior News

The bike track is cool. We love it so much. We ride all the time, and run on it too. It is a lot of fun. Thank you so much to all the parents who helped make the bike track!

From all the Kindy to Year 2 students.

I am going through the blocks because in Maths I am learning about in, out, though, on and under. It was fun.

By Xenia

Some of the girls from Mrs Presser’s class came to our class when the cricket was on. We played a car game with the babies when we had finished our work.

By Chelsie

I am under the table because in Maths we do lots of fun things. We are learning about under and over.

By Jacob

In Maths we are learning about in and out. I got in the big red bowl. It was fun doing this.

By Jack

We were having fun sitting in the bowl.

By Caitlyn

March 20, 2015
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National Ride2School Day

Many students around the Wheatbelt have jumped on their bikes to travel to school this week, as part of National Ride 2 School Day.

How about making this a regular for your family rather than a once a year thing? It’s a great activity to do as a family. Parents can walk or ride with your children.

For students that live on a farm, how about riding to the bus stop instead of getting mum or dad to drive?

Reasons to keep riding and walking to school:

  • Students feel fresh and alert at the beginning of a school day (they get to burn off some energy before sitting down in the classroom).
  • There are fewer cars around the school meaning drop off time is safer.
  • Students are more likely to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
  • Students feel happier, healthier and perform better in the classroom.

For more cycling information go to: https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/general/programs/179/