The learning environment at Harrisdale PS emphasises the varied future that our students have before them. We are committed to the continuous improvement of the school’s network, facilities, equipment and professional practice to deliver leading edge learning to our students.
Mr Thrupp will be running Code Club this year on Tuesday’s 3-4pm in the library. Following on from the expression of interest, you will receive an email to confirm the cohort that your child has been grouped into, as well as permission slips if your child will be involved in Term 1. Students will use the school’s MacBook computers to code using a program called ‘Scratch’. This is a free program available for most home computers (iPads use the app ‘Scratch Jnr’). Code Club simply provides another opportunity to develop coding skills further outside of the classroom. All students at Harrisdale Primary School are taught coding/computational thinking in their classrooms as part of the Digital Technologies Curriculum. Code Club is available to students in years 3, 4, 5 & 6. There are three or four cohorts each year. A cohort is a group of up to 16 children working together for 7-8 weeks. #getkidscoding There are over 9,000 Code Clubs running around the world and official Code Club communities in 10 countries. Find out more at https://codeclubau.org/ Mr Thrupp
The Harrisdale Primary School Library and Resource Centre is a modern and vibrant facility providing staff and students access to a range of both hard copy and ebook resources to enhance all learning areas. Students are encouraged to visit the library after school with parents on Mondays and Wednesdays between 2:40pm – 3:15pm and also during their scheduled library borrowing day. Wheelers ebooks Harrisdale Primary School is pleased to bring you a new web based eplatform that contains our eBook collection. Simply visit https://harrisdaleps.wheelers.com and download the free app onto your device. Select – FIND LIBRARY Search – HARRISDALE PRIMARY SCHOOL Select – START BROWSING Students have been allocated a username and password and have access to borrowing 24/7. As part of our new shared collection, students now have access to in excess of 1200 titles! You can borrow one book for a two week period. When the loan has expired, the book will automatically return to the Harrisdale eBook lending platform.
Scholastic Book Club has commenced for 2018. Issue 1 catalogues can be collected from the Library. All orders for Issue 1 need to be placed on line by 20th February. Please note that this year ALL ordering is to be done online with card payments only. NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE SCHOOL. Once the ordered books arrive at the school they will be distributed to class rooms. Please direct any inquiries to Debbie Foster – [email protected] Book Club Issue 1 can be accessed via the following link: http://www.scholastic.com.au/schools/bookclub/assets/pdfs/bc118.pdf
Harrisdale Primary School has a 1:1 BYO (Bring Your Own) iPad Program in Years 4-6. Each student is invited to BYO (Bring Your Own) Apple iPad Device and be a part of innovative teaching and learning opportunities. There are several technical requirements and a list of apps that we ask are downloaded for the program. All of the information is available through the following document, alongside FAQ’s toward the end of the document. A Parent Seminar is held in the later part of the year (Term 4) in anticipation for new enrolments or Year 3’s moving into Year 4 the following year. In addition to this Parent Seminar, a classroom meeting will be held for all Year 4’s or new enrolments at the beginning of the new school year. We encourage you to ask questions and join us for Parent Seminars across the year as they arise to observe, share and learn about the innovative strategies which are occurring in classrooms. Harrisdale Primary School has partnered with a private company, Winthrop Australia, to provide iPads at a discount price to the parent community. Parents are not required to purchase their devices from Winthrop Australia. Families wishing to take up this option may place an order online with Winthrop Australia by visiting: https://portal.winaust.com.au/a/harrisdale2018 Click the link to access the 2019 BYO Booklet with information about the program: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1z5-y3Z5eH-S2cPpM2yF9zV_M7vXVuroONkBZB_wmXNg/edit?usp=drive_web&ouid=116861453694421059606