Paint and Play
Posted on 27 Apr 2021
Please come and Join us for craft and activities, morning tea and story time. Make new friends
- Where: Evelyn Scott School
Bielski St, Denman Prospect ACT
- When: 9:30 -11:00 am Wednesday April 28th to Wednesday June 16th 2021
Please bring morning tea for your child. Gold coin donation
Contact: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Information Evening
Posted on 27 Apr 2021
For prospective 2022 preschool to year 6 enrolments
- Date: Thursday 13 May
- Time: 5 pm to 6 pm
- Venue: Evelyn Scott School Community Room
- 2 Bielski St, Denman Prospect ACT
Please RSVP by Monday 10 May
Posted on 26 Mar 2021
During Week 7, Evelyn Scott School staff, learners, families and community came together to celebrate our very first Harmony Day in our playground. This is a time to celebrate Australia’s multiculturalism. At Evelyn Scott School, we highly value diversity and viewed Harmony Day as a great opportunity to promote inclusion. All learners across the school have been engaging in a whole school unit of inquiry around community. The Evelyn Scott School Team used this opportunity to learn more about the diverse cultures, celebrations, traditions, and languages within our school. We aim to build an understanding and respect for the different cultures within our community.
“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members” – Corella Scott
We celebrated Harmony Day by dressing in traditional clothing or wearing orange which signifies communication and encourages mutual respect. It was great to see so many children and families in traditional and colourful dress and vibrant orange.
Celebrating within learning spaces looked like meaningful discussions, map displays, artwork, and orange streamers in our outdoor spaces. Our current inquiry on Community aligned perfectly with Harmony Day and so it was a great way to commence this new unit of work. Learners enjoyed decorating little wooden people which signified the wonderfully diverse community we are all lucky to be a part of. This is now proudly on display in our front office. After school, we invited learners and their families to stay at school for a community picnic where we shared in conversations with families, performed a traditional Hindu dance and ate traditional foods.
The theme for Harmony Day 2021 is ‘Everyone Belongs’. At Evelyn Scott School, we will continue to work hard to ensure that all of our children and families feel that they belong to our school. This theme is a wonderful theme for our Foundation Year because one of our strategic priorities is to “develop students’ belonging and connection to the school.” We genuinely understand that we are creating a new school in the heart of a new suburb and we want to authentically involve our community in this endeavour.
Harmony Day 2021 was the first of many more opportunities to celebrate with our school community. Thanks again to all who participated - we are very lucky to work with such an incredibly rich and culturally-diverse community at Evelyn Scott School.
Meet Evelyn Scott School Wellbeing Coach-Beth Matters
Posted on 11 Mar 2021
We welcome Beth Matters to Evelyn Scott School as our new Wellbeing Coach. Rewarded by the challenge of being present for learners, Beth launches into her groundbreaking role at Evelyn Scott School, supporting learners to develop critical skills for success in school life.
When did you decide education was for you?
I’ve always been passionate about education. When I was at school, I was very fortunate to have some inspirational teachers who fostered in me a love of poetry, writing, running and critical thinking. So, it was only natural that I wanted to emulate them and help shape the next generation of learners.
I clearly remember the conversation I had with my history teacher, Mr P when he asked, “What do you want to do when you leave school?” and I said “teaching”. He looked aghast and said this would be “a waste of my talents”. I was surprised that someone normally so encouraging and invested in my learning would think so lowly of his own profession. I insisted that not only would teaching provide me with unique opportunities to make a positive impact on others, but it would also provide a secure source of income. I was shocked by Mr P response “Yeah it’s about as secure as a coffin”. This got me thinking that perhaps teaching wasn’t for me after all. I mean who wants to be trapped and buried alive with no way to escape! Instead I thought I had better make use of “my talents” so I enrolled in a law degree. I found myself reading tort and contract law ad nauseum and quickly discovered I wasn’t making use of my talents!! I turned my attention to Psychology and hoped that one day I would find my myself working in a school. Life has a funny way of connecting you back to where you want to be.
Please describe your role. I am a Wellbeing Coach at Evelyn Scott School and to my knowledge I am the first of hopefully many more to come in ACT Education. This is an exciting and evolving role and the best way for me to describe it is I get to do all those things I really wanted to do as a Psychologist in a school but never had the time to do…Such as early intervention and prevention programs and coaching and mentoring others in behaviour, wellbeing and psychological flexibility. When we are psychologically flexible, we can stay calm, think broadly, be curious, take the perspective of others, recognise we have choices, and then move towards values-based actions.
Me interrupting a game of cricket for a photo opportunity on belonging. L to R - Brock, Dreydon, Sidney and Nixon.
How do you define success for yourself? Doing what you love most of the time without compromising who you are.
What is the most important skill you have learned on your path? Truly listening
What has been your greatest challenge? To be innovative and flexible in education so I’m not working in the coffin Mr P warned me about all those years ago.
What has been your greatest reward in the choices you've made? My biggest reward is often my biggest challenge. Being fully present with another in their pain and suffering is one of the hardest things I do but probably one of the most rewarding.
Some quick questions, just for fun:
Are you an early bird or night owl? Early bird
What’s your morning ritual? Cup of tea and breakfast in bed thanks to my husband. A cuddle with my dog Puff and a quick read of the news headlines.
What are five fun facts about you?
1. I’m terrified of geese
2. I play AFL and I’m a diehard Swans fan (Swans are very different to geese!)
3. My spirit animal is a squirrel
4. One of the craziest places I’ve ever been to and survived to tell the tale is the mosh pit at a Nirvana concert
5. I was once an extra in the thriller movie Piranha 3D. (I thought I was very convincing in pretending to be eaten alive by Piranha’s but I’m not sure I ever made the cut!)
What do you want to learn from this community of peers? And what do you want to give back? I’m really looking forward to learning how to embed future focused learning into our everyday practice. I want to give back a new way of developing (well) being programs based on neuroscience and the importance of human connection.
Year 6 with our favourite ‘prac teacher’, Austinmer Public School (1986). That’s me in the middle of the back row looking very displeased probably because I wanted to play footy with the boys.
Outdoor Play at Evelyn Scott School
Posted on 22 Jan 2021
“Early childhood educators have an active and significant role to play ensuring children experience connections with the natural environment in meaningful ways, ways that will assist their understanding of connectedness both with and in the natural environment and ultimately, promote action for sustainability.” (Davis, Julie M and Elliott, Sue. Mud pies and daisy chains: Connecting young children and nature, 2004)
During the holidays, I watched Sir David Attenborough’s newest film, ‘A Life on Our Planet’ with my family. I was struck by both the beauty of the imagery and the stark reality of the concepts presented. Ultimately, we need to learn how to work with nature rather than against it if we are to repair the damage. Attenborough’s hope is that the next generation will utilise the principles of sustainability. Educators must set up opportunities for children to establish a connection with the environment by meaningfully bringing in elements of the natural world into the learning spaces.
At Evelyn Scott School, the outdoor learning spaces are as important as the indoor learning spaces. My first task as principal was to work with the builders and architects on designing the playgrounds. I was so pleased to see that there was already a major focus on nature play.
Our landscapers and builders have installed as much natural turf as possible and synthetic turf is primarily used in high traffic areas. Large garden beds have been arranged near the preschool fence and a chicken shed will also be located in this space. We have kitchens nearby in the primary school buildings so this presents opportunities for students to easily grow and cook and share food together. A focus on utilising recycled items has meant that we have re-purposed drain pipes as both seating and tunnels for children. We have used tanbark instead of plastic soft fall and we have set up timber playground equipment and teepees. Whilst we wait for the trees to grow, shade cloths have been installed over play areas. As children grow, they can move through our outdoor learning spaces which have been designated for both junior and senior areas. This also supports our approach to promoting positive behaviours and provides a ‘home’ for all children to play together. Our play equipment includes physically challenging circuits and we know that children will enjoy the two large in-ground trampolines, several digging pits and the huge sandpit in the preschool playground.
In early childhood and primary school, there is a window of opportunity to facilitate the connections with the natural environment that will hopefully last a lifetime. Evelyn Scott School Teachers will encourage students to think about environmental issues by bringing nature into the classrooms and using the outdoor learning spaces. Play based and inquiry based learning approaches promote the idea of thinking globally.
“Childhood is about doing. It is about process, action, adventure, motion, trial, error, exploration, discovery, searching and connecting – we call this PLAY.”
The Future of Education Strategy outlines ACT public school’s commitment to place students at the centre of their learning. We know that children and young people already care deeply about global issues and at Evelyn Scott School we will work to engage our students with these environmental interests and passions utilising personalised learning as a vehicle. Our teachers will work with children to co-construct units of inquiry on significant concepts like Environmental Stewardship and Global Citizenship. Outdoor Learning allows students to develop critical skills for the future and a connection to country and First Nations culture. We are well placed to facilitate engaging and relevant learning for all of our students.
At Evelyn Scott School, we will utilise a learning philosophy called Loose Parts. Loose parts philosophy means that teachers set up spaces for children using materials that are variable, meaning they can be used in more than one way so that children can then experiment and invent through play. This approach will facilitate the development of creativity, critical thinking and collaboration as students work together on outdoor projects. They learn to take risks, negotiate with others and test and refine their ideas in a safe and supportive environment.
The Future of Education Strategy also outlines the importance of building strong communities for learning. Our approach to nature play lends itself to countless opportunities to work together with our community. In 2021 we will invite families, community members, volunteers and mentors to come to the school and support us with our chicken shed, garden beds, worm farm etc. Additionally, Evelyn Scott School teachers will also look for opportunities to organise excursions to nearby places to further develop connections with nature.
Community comes together
Posted on 17 Dec 2020
Recently, the Evelyn Scott School community came together for a Community Day where staff and families could meet and tour the administration and preschool buildings. The purpose-built Community Room and temporary library became the hub for all of the planned activities and it became a great place for parents and families to get to know each other prior to the new year.
This Community Day marks a significant milestone at Evelyn Scott School, as it symbolises the first of many meetings of the school community.
Over the past few months, the Evelyn Scott School Leadership Team have prioritised individual meetings with each family to discuss and finalise enrolment information, answer any questions and provide details about commencing at the school in 2021. These meetings have been a wonderful way for staff and families to work in partnership to ensure that families are authentically connected to their child’s learning and to promote positive outcomes for all children.
The Community Day was another opportunity for families to meet each other, get to know staff and to foster a genuine sense of connection within the new school community.
Parents were encouraged to write down any questions they may have about the school, and also view the school uniform items available for their child.
Attending students and their families were encouraged to write ‘welcome’ in their home language on images of the school’s logo, the Australian Reed-Warbler, which they could decorate for display in the school’s Community Room.
Parents were also invited to write a wish for their child’s future, creating a fun way for the school’s Leadership Team to understand what parents want for their child’s learning journey.
Students were asked to bring a feather of their choice to the Community Day, which was used to create a Mandela artwork that will be displayed in the school’s Community Room alongside the pictures of the Reed-Warblers. This was a fun activity for students, families, and staff as everyone worked collectively, embodying the Evelyn Scott School community coming together as one.
This activity showcased the commitment to student inclusivity and diversity at the school, as elaborated on by Foundation Principal, Jackie Vaughan, when asked about delivering a contemporary school.
“We will work with the community to create a school that delivers personalised and inclusive learning that is driven by play, inquiry and project-based approaches.”
Future Focused Learning at Evelyn Scott School
Posted on 16 Dec 2020
Put simply, the education that served us as either Baby Boomers or Generation X/Y no longer serves our children. Contemporary learning means preparing for a shifting future that requires skills and knowledge, citizenship, connection to culture and the environment and capacity to solve complex problems with creative approaches.
The term ‘Future Focused Learning’ will be used at Evelyn Scott School and it refers to all the components that define the contemporary style of learning that educators will deliver. There are 10 components in total, here is a snapshot of some of them:
- personalised learning: as educators we need to place the student at the centre and tap into their interests and individual needs,
- learning intentions and success criteria: when planning units of work, teachers will be able to answer these questions for students; What are we learning? Why are we learning it? How will I know I will be successful? It is also about utilising the Australian Curriculum efficiently and effectively,
- process-driven learning: skills such as problem solving, researching, creativity and collaboration need to be explicitly taught using protocols or ‘Fluencies’. For our students, these skills are more important than content.
During our Family Meetings, the leadership team unpacked our contemporary approach to learning. This allowed us to answer questions and clarify details of play-based and inquiry-based learning. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and I want to thank families for their support of this evidence-based and academically rigorous learning methodology
As a Future Focused school, we will learn through play-based and inquiry-based approaches that connects learners and their learning to the world. We are very excited to authentically engage with the ACT Future of Education Strategy and all its possibilities. Please find link to ACT Future of Education Strategy here: https://www.education.act.gov.au/our-priorities/future-of-education/resources/The-Future-of-Education-An-ACT-Education-Strategy-for-the-Next-Ten-Years
All 89 ACT public schools will utilise this Strategy as a roadmap for the next decade. We are in a unique and fantastic position as a new school with highly skilled educators to implement all the components of Future Focused Learning right from the start!
We have sourced a high quality and user-friendly digital platform to enhance the ways in which parents can be involved in the learning journeys of their children. Formative assessment means that we will provide regular updates about your child’s progress and this platform will allow this to occur. It will also assist teachers to plan quality lessons mapped to the Australian Curriculum in a highly efficient manner. You will receive more information about how to use this platform and a consent form in the next newsletter.
At Evelyn Scott School, we have recruited specialist teachers to connect learners with specialist curriculum areas. Our chosen language will be Japanese, and students will learn about the language and the fascinating culture of Japan. Daniel Manestar, our Executive Teacher will deliver Japanese lessons to children across the school. We highly value the arts and creativity and Music will be delivered by our specialist Music teacher, Byron Luck. Health and Wellbeing is a critically important part of social and emotional development and engaging lessons will be delivered by our Movement Teacher, Ross Dennis.
Finally, connection to culture and the environment will be embedded in the learning experiences for all of our children. Our brand new playgrounds reflect our commitment to nature play and developing our children’s relationship with the environment. Digging pits, garden beds and vibrant playgrounds will form the basis of our outdoor learning spaces and they will be as important as our classrooms. Children in both the primary school and the preschool will be encouraged to use their imagination and use ‘loose parts’ safely to build their own games and activities as teachers foster joyful curiosity.
Outdoor learning occurs alongside cultural integrity. We are very lucky to have such an inspirational namesake and this offers us a wonderful opportunity to connect students with the culture and longstanding history of First Nations people.
School uniforms available to order soon
Posted on 04 Dec 2020
As we get closer to welcoming our new students next year, we are pleased to announce that orders for new Evelyn Scott school uniforms will open on 11 January 2021.
There will be a range of uniform options to choose from. The navy polo shirt with the school’s Reed-Warbler logo will be the core piece of the uniform and can be coordinated with black bottoms in the form of skorts, shorts, pants, and skirts. There is also a dress option available.
Online orders for school uniforms can be placed at the Evelyn Scott School Online Uniform Shop from 11 January 2021, and you can choose to have your purchases delivered to your home, or you can click and collect your order from the pop-up uniform shop at the Evelyn Scott School during January.
You can find out more about the uniforms, ordering and pricing by visiting our School logo and uniform page.
Spot our new school sign!
Posted on 12 Nov 2020
The construction project reached a major milestone this week with the handover of the Administration and Preschool buildings to the school. This means that Evelyn Scott School staff are now based on the campus; meeting with families, recruiting staff, planning for next year and unpacking furniture and resources for the school. If you wish to visit the school campus, please contact us first so we can arrange a suitable time for your visit and advise parking arrangements.
Our contractors continue to work hard to ensure the school is ready for students and staff on day 1, term 1 2021.
Our school is taking shape
Posted on 23 Oct 2020
Construction of our school is well underway, with the administration building, preschool building and two learning communities for the primary school progressing as planned.
This week, the carpet in the Administration and Preschool areas arrived and has been installed. The vinyl flooring was set down and painting completed in one of the learning communities and the internal windows in the second learning community were positioned. External areas of the school are taking shape with concrete poured for the second half of the external court and pathways, and an iron crane was used to position the gymnasium/hall roof. To learn more about the school facilities and experience a fly through of the finished school visit HERE
Enrol now for Preschool to Year 6 students in 2021
Posted on 23 Oct 2020
Enrolments are now open for places in preschool to year 6 for 2021. The Priority Enrolment Area for the school includes the suburbs of Denman Prospect and Molonglo. If you would like to know more about enrolling your child, please visit the Education website for more information and to enrol using the online enrolment form, or call our Enrolments Service on (02) 6205 5429
The community has spoken
Posted on 04 Sep 2020
On 4 September 2020, Minister Berry and Principal, Jackie Vaughan, had the pleasure of announcing the name, logo and uniform design for the new public school in Molonglo. Evelyn Scott School will officially open its doors for preschool to year 6 students from the beginning of 2021.
As an important facility for the Molonglo Valley community, we asked the community to tell us their preferred option for the name and the school uniform. The community voted for:
School name: Evelyn Scott School
School uniform: Australian Reed Warbler concept
Dr Evelyn Scott was a leader, activist and advocate for reconciliation and the advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and women across Australia. To learn more about Dr Scott, please visit the Our School section.