In this bulletin, you will be provided with:
- The summary of the changes that we have made and are about to introduce to you,
- A description as to what Hero is all about,
- An explanation on who can see the information on your child’s Hero account,
- A guide on how to access the Hero platform,
- An overview of what Hero provides our whole school community.
We look forward to working with you as we launch into a new way of communicating your child’s learning journey (and so much more). We believe that this platform epitomises the very essence of our Matangi School Curriculum and philosophy of learning. Our curriculum allows teachers the scope to make interpretations in response to the particular learning needs, interests, and talents of individuals and groups of students in their classes. It involves considering the specific needs of the community in educating our students. Our focus is on our children’s dispositional learning, independence, and social competence. ‘Dispositional learning and combinations of children’s emerging knowledge, skills and attitudes to learning.’
Our local curriculum is based around the capabilities and capacities of our students. These are the foundational skills required for each child to be an effective learner. A child’s readiness to learn is identified as these skills are consolidated. We use our school values, such as resilience, to use what we know, to help us solve what we do not know. Structured Literacy is used throughout our kura using the iDeaL platform.
What is Changing?
Our new student management system is called ‘Hero’ and it will also become our new Online Reporting Portal for parents. This enables us to be able to provide you as parents a picture of your child’s learning in real-time rather than the twice per year reports we have previously provided.
Overtime, it will provide an excellent picture of what is happening in your child’s class. This means that all hard copy reports (Mid and End of Year Reports/Learning Logs) will no longer be supplied on paper. All reporting to parents will be online.
Matangi School teachers are undertaking ongoing professional development to provide you as parents with timely information on your child’s progress throughout the year. These reports will consist of progress graphs across the curriculum and specific samples of work as evidence, so you have a clear picture of how your child is progressing. In the meantime, we will continue working developing the HERO platform. We will have all up to date data on your child’s platform, by the end of the year for you to view via this platform.
What is Hero?
HERO is a dynamic and robust reporting system that allows teachers, parents, and students to access learning in an online environment that is secure, easy, and effective. We are excited by the possibilities of keeping you all more informed and up-to-date about your child’s progress. It allows teachers to share learning anytime, anywhere and this can be viewed on any device. HERO is also the system we use for enrolment, finance, and student attendance.
It is important to note that this is a big change to our systems. Although we have a robust roll out procedure planned, it will take some time to get it 100%.
What Can You See in HERO?
- Messages and notifications: We will no longer be using our school app, as we can send out notifications via Hero. You may get notices from your child’s whānau teacher, their hub, or from the School Office.
- Learning report: When you click on your child’s learning profile, you will see their learning report. This is a ‘living report’, meaning it will be automatically updated as your child achieves learning goals or is issued with new goals. For now, the report shows progress in Thinking and Communicating: Thinking as a Mathematician, Thinking as a Reader, Communicating as a Writer, and Thinking Scientifically. We will add to your child’s goals throughout the term, so that your child’s achievement goals, from all areas of our Matangi School Curriculum, can be shared with you by the end of this year.
Parent Guide to Accessing HERO
- Please follow this link for a step by step guide to signing up to LINC-ED Hero.
- We recommend having the LINC-ED Hero app on your home device/s and your phone, so that you can easily access any notifications or information sent out from school.
- Financial information: You can view and pay any invoices from the school once you upload the app onto your phone or home device.
Assessment and Reporting at Matangi School.
Assessment and reporting looks slightly different across the school, this can sometimes be confusing. This article is an overview of how assessment and reporting works at Matangi.
- At Matangi School we endeavour to provide up to date learning information on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Through our learning management system, LINC-ED Hero, parents can view the learning report of their child/ren at all times. The report shows progress in Thinking and Communicating: Thinking as a Mathematician, Thinking as a Reader, Communicating as a Writer, Communicating Through Talking and Listening, Thinking Scientifically, Thinking in Technology, Thinking in Social Science, and Thinking and Communicating in The Arts.
- Please Note: We are currently in the process of incorporating our Matangi Health and Physical Education Curriculum as well. This should be ready to share with you, by the end of this term.
In each of these learning areas, parents can view information similar to this:
- At the end of the year each key area will include ‘dials’ that show how your child is progressing through the year levels. Clicking on the year level labels will allow you to see all goals in that year level. There will be up to three goals showing in each area for your child, although they may actually have more goals set ‘behind the scenes’. At two points during the year a general comment will be added to the report to summarise your child’s progress. This will also include a reflection from your child.
The green dials show progress across a range of indicators for each year level. A blue tick in the centre shows when all indicators at that level have been achieved. Yellow indicators show indicators that are set as goals for the student, and grey ones show indicators that have not yet been achieved or set as goals.
Clicking on each year level label will display the indicators for each level. Again, indicators displayed in green show ones the child has already achieved, yellow indicators show ones set currently as goals, and indicators displayed in black show goals not yet achieved or set for the child.
At the bottom of each section, an overall level is indicated to show the year level the student is currently working at, and whether they are working at an ‘early’ or ‘confidence’ level in that year level.
All of this learning information is available continuously throughout the year. Each term teachers will communicate with parents about their child’s progress:
- Term 1 we hold Learning Conversations. This is a great opportunity for you to talk to your child’s teacher; establish goals that will guide your child to achieve across the Matangi Curriculum.
- Term 3 teachers hold Student-Led Conferences, where each student and their parents meet with their whānau teacher to talk through their learning progress and current learning goals. In Years 3-6, we encourage students to largely lead the conferences and do much of the talking and sharing about their learning.
- Terms 2 and 4 teachers complete a summary about each child to give an overview of where they are currently at in their learning and behaviour at school. Students also write their own reflection about their time at school, this is included in the summary. This is then added to the learning report on LINC-ED Hero.
- As from next year – Learning posts: When your child or your child’s teacher upload learning to Hero, you will be able to view the posts. Please note that all uploads on learning are private and are only viewable by teachers, the child, and the child’s parents.
Throughout the year, teachers and students will upload evidence of learning to each child’s portfolio on LINC-ED Hero. Parents will be notified through Hero when a learning post has been added, and parents can view the work online throughout the year.
We expect to roll HERO out slowly and will provide an alternative report while we do this.
If you have any questions or issues about accessing LINC-ED Hero, please contact Helena Kirkham email@example.com or Janelle Bailey firstname.lastname@example.org