Lap - A -Thon and Fundraising
Thank you to the P&F and school community for organising and supporting the Lap - A - Thon along
with all of our other fundraising events this year. The money raised will go towards the sound
treatment of our rooms.
We have had a plan to treat our areas of most need, being the Learning Houses and upstairs in the
Grade 6 area, and we can continue with this work. The large space in between the Grade 6
classrooms and one other classroom upstairs have already been treated making a huge difference.
We also had our new Art Room treated via the building project and it is so much better.
I admit sound treatment in rooms probably doesn’t ignite the hearts and minds of most, but it has a
huge impact on our learning environments. Sound treatment contributes to a calm and orderly
environment, conducive to concentration. Being able to hear the teacher without the sound
bouncing around can make a big difference, as students are not ‘filtering’ as much and making
subconscious decisions of what to pay attention to. This frees cognitive resource for more beneficial
It allows our students to have group conversations without the noise level becoming too high and
disrupting others in the room and adjoining classrooms.
Sound treatment also save our teachers’ voices and energy, as they feel more in control of the noise level in the class and don’t have to speak over their own echo. This allows our teachers to perform at their best for longer.
There is lots of evidence in the cognitive science literature to suggest acoustics does make a difference and we are always striving to make BWPS the best learning environment we can. We couldn’t do it to the same level without the P&F and our wonderful, wider school community support. Thank you for your help in moving us toward achieving our goal to have more rooms sound treated.
There has been much scrutiny in the media around the recent three yearly results of the Program for
International Student Assessment conducted in English, Science and Mathematics. Australia’s
performance in mathematics has come under fire with quotes in the media highlighting the average
Australian student being up to 3 and a half years behind the top performing nations.
The nation’s results were the worst we have had since 2000 which brings scrutiny to the education
system. Victoria sits above the national average and has historically performed quite well compared
to other states when looking at NAPLAN.
Bentleigh West Primary School performance in mathematics has been excellent due to reviewing the
mathematics teaching and curriculum and to lift the standards of maths. Our Grade 3 to 5 high
growth is at a whopping 63% and the last two years have seen our highest mathematics results in
year 3 and 5. Our normed results using ACER testing show our students norming more than three
years above the national norm of the same year level! More importantly students report
mathematics as one of their favourite subjects.
So many of the solutions pointed out in the media by politicians and commentators have already been implemented at BWPS. Our community can rest easy that our students are learning mathematics to a very high level to enable them the choices and skills to benefit them in later life.
We have completed the agonisingly hard job of selecting our 2020 student leadership group. The leaders will be announced, by our current 2019 leadership group, at our final assembly on Wednesday, commencing at 12.30pm.
We will notify parents of the students receiving leadership positions, so they can make arrangements to be at the assembly if their commitments permit.
I would like to congratulate all of the students that went through the leadership process we are tremendously proud of all of you.
Have a great week.