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Mrs Ritchie visits Calen


​This term we have had the privilege of having Mrs Denyse Ritchie, the co-author of THRASS, visit our school to work with our staff and students.  During her visit, Mrs Ritchie worked closely with the staff to deepen our knowledge of using THRASS as our whole school pedagogical practice for teaching spelling.  Mrs Ritchie modelled lessons in each of the primary classrooms, and worked with individual groups of teachers to ensure that THRASS is an embedded practice in our school.  We also had a number of teachers from our cluster schools visit during these three days. It was wonderful to hear from Denyse, that the teaching practices and level of commitment she has seen in our school, are exemplary. 


The students were very excited to share their knowledge and passion for THRASS with Denyse and the older children were over the moon to be able to show her the THRASS games they had made.  Mrs Ritchie had a fabulous afternoon discussing and playing the games with the students.  She was thoroughly impressed with the students’ level of knowledge and passion for THRASS.  Following Mrs Ritchie’s visit, our year 3/4/5 teacher, Mrs White and myself  were lucky enough to be able to attend the very first THRASS conference, which was held in Melbourne last week.  It was affirming to see that the work we are doing in our school is being discussed as examples of best practice.  The theme of the THRASS conference was “Shifting the Literacy Paradigm - Australian Educators as Agents of Change”. I personally want to thank the staff at Calen for their hard work, dedication and commitment to adopting THRASS as a teaching practice in our school. 


Next week a parent information session will be held at the Calen C&K Community Kindergarten. While this session is aimed at parents of younger children, feel free to attend if you have been unable to attend previous information sessions.