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the ruyton reporter

Here is an example of how Storypark works.

The Henny Penny Hatching

Programme has arrived!

At lunchtime today

the girls were very

excited to see the

chickens and eggs

arrive. ‘Oh they are

soo cute’ said Alexandra. The three chicks

were placed in the brooding box in the

curious garden with some food, water and a

light for heat. The 12 eggs were placed in an

incubator and we now watch and wait to

see them hatch over the coming days.


Mr Steven Yatomi-Clarke (Parent)

on August 25 2015

‘Welcome to the world, little chicks!

They are so cute!

Are they keeping warm?

What are they eating?’

Mrs Helen Wild (Girls’ Pre Prep teacher)

on August 25 2015

‘Thanks for these great questions Steven.

I asked the girls for their answers.’

‘They are in a hot cage,’

said Chloe F.

‘They are eating seeds,’

said Natalie.

‘They are in an incubator,’

said Georgia,

‘just like they were under their mummy

hen’s bottom,’

said Eloise.

‘They are very cute now, though they were

wet when they came out,’

said Emerson.

Ms Teresa Wojcik,

Acting Director

of Early Learning


Storypark is an online community portal for

updating parents on student learning.

Creating partnerships with families in order

to communicate their children’s learning is an

important aspect within our Centre. Last

year, Mrs Helen Wild and Ms Kathryn

Bertram, together with Mr Julian Mutton,

the Digital Learning Mentor of Early Learning

and the Junior School, undertook research to

engage more effectively with families and to

collaborate with them about their children’s

learning. The online portal, Storypark, was

chosen to be trialled. We have been pleased

with how our community has engaged with

this initiative and parents are also sharing,

through comments and photos, the learning

the children are achieving outside of Ruyton’s

Early Learning. As the trial has progressed

parents have increasingly commented on

their child’s activities, both within and

outside the Early Learning environment.

There is still the opportunity to document

and highlight the essence of the programme

in traditional ways, but Storypark offers an

instant link to parents and grandparents

alike, which they can access. This is another

example of digital devices and technology

being integrated seamlessly into our

programmes to enhance a student’s learning

experience and parents’ insights into this.

Storypark has been so successful as a tool for

collaboration and communication, we are

exploring ways in which it can be extended

to the other Early Learning groups at Ruyton.

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