Principal’s Message Week 4

Dear Parents and Carers

NAPLAN Online

I am pleased to confirm that as expected, our students in Years 3 and 5 comfortably completed NAPLAN online last week. The only exception to this was Year 3 Writing which was handwritten. The merits and potential issues associated with Year 3 students completing the writing assessment electronically versus being handwritten, continue to be debated at a national level, so Year 3 students across Australia completed the pencil and paper version.  You may hear that some students in other schools are still completing NAPLAN online this week, as schools had a two week window for scheduling the assessments. Unlike the pencil and paper assessments which must be completed on the same day throughout Australia, the online platform enables schools to complete the assessments on different days, as the specific test items differ from student to student. There are several ‘versions’ of each test item that have been developed and trialled to enable individual assessments to be different but comparable. Some of you will perhaps have read about this via links in previous newsletters. The primary advantage of our students completing the assessments online, is that we expect to receive information about our students’ performance considerably earlier than in past years. Watch this space!

School Development Day

Just a reminder that next Friday, 1 June is a School Development Day. I particularly value these days, as we work as a staff, focused on planning and/or reviewing specific aspects of our Business Plan. Sometimes this might also involve examining new policies or initiatives released by our Department, and looking at data about our students; ranging from NAPLAN data to National School Opinion Survey data, to the student wellbeing survey recently completed by students in Years 4-6. Whatever the focus, people are working hard!

Music

On Friday children from Pre-Primary to Year 6 will be attending a music incursion. Children from Pre-Primary to Year 3 will attend for an hour between recess and lunch and children from Years 4-6 will attend from 1:30 – 2:30pm.

ICAS Science

Please be reminded that ICAS Science is on Monday, 28 May in the library. Please refer to your schedule at home to see if Science was one of the assessments in which you enrolled your child or children. Please ensure your child arrives at the library at 8:00am. The assessment starts at 8:15am sharp.

Running Club and Cross Country

It’s fabulous to see so many students AND parents involved in Running Club on Wednesday and Friday mornings. Our faction cross country event for Years 3-6 will take place at City Beach Oval on Wednesday 6 June (Week 6). You will be notified at the beginning of Week 7 if your child will be involved in the interschool event in Week 8. The interschool cross country event at City Beach Oval which involves students in Years 3-6 only, is on Wednesday 20 June. The faction cross country event for children from Pre-Primary to Year 2 will take place on Wednesday on 13 June (Week 7) at Kapinara. It would be great if you could join us for these events.

Please remember how important it is that we all work together – children, parents, teachers and sometimes external agencies – to ensure that collectively we meet the individual needs of your child

or children as effectively as possible. Your child’s teachers and I very much appreciate the information you share with us, and your willingness to ask questions and raise concerns sooner rather than later.

Thank you.

I hope to see you at one or more of the events that will take place in the following few weeks.

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell