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From the Principal

9/03/2017

From the Principal

 

 

 

Metropolitan East Regional Swimming
 
Congratulations to Ellie and Scarlett for their performance in the recent swimming trials.  Both girls had very busy programs and performed admirably.
 
Scarlett will go on to compete in six events representing Met East at the State Swimming Trials!  She will swim in:
50 m freestyle
200m IM
100 m backstroke
50 m butterfly
50 m backstroke
100 m freestyle
 
We wish Scarlett all the best in the upcoming trials.
 
Year 6 Leadership Program
 
Last week, our School Captains attended a Leadership Program facilitated by the Moreton Bay Environmental Centre.  Parents and Principals were invited to the final session to celebrate the successes of these leaders.
I was impressed by the maturity shown, not only by our Captains, Alijah, Bastien, Ellie and Laura, but all the leaders from the Eastern Alliance schools who attended.  These students were able to articulate their learnings about themselves and the impact this has on their leadership style.  Each group of leaders were expected to plan a project to implement in their own schools.  Our Captains worked to consider options which would be of interest to other students, and would allow them to increase their knowledge.  They have a strong focus on developing students in our school into more globally aware citizens.  You will hear more about their project soon.
 
Driveway Access
 
Works will be commencing on a leak in our driveway in the coming days.  Access to the driveway will be limited, even outside of school hours.  Likely, once entering from the Annerley Road end, you will only be able to exit from the same way. The same will apply if you are entering from the drop-off zone end.
 
We have noticed over the past weeks, that there have been an increase in the number of adults using the driveway as a drop-off or pick up zone for students of the school.  This significantly increases the safety risk of our students with cars driving through this area.  To ensure the continued safety of our children, the school will be closing the driveway gates during drop-off and pick-up times.
 
If you require access to the driveway during these times due to a physical impairment or similar, please contact the school Office to arrange access.
 
NAPLAN
 
What is NAPLAN? 
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual national assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. All students in these year levels are expected to participate in tests in reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. All government and non-government education authorities have contributed to the development of NAPLAN materials.
 
Why do students do NAPLAN tests?
NAPLAN is the measure through which governments, education authorities, schools, teachers and parents can determine whether or not young Australians are meeting important educational outcomes in literacy and numeracy. The tests provide parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests. They also provide schools, states and territories with information about how education programs are working and what areas need to be improved.
NAPLAN tests are one aspect of a school’s assessment and reporting process; they do not replace the extensive ongoing assessments made by teachers about each student’s performance.
 
What will be tested and how?
NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy. NAPLAN content is aligned with the Australian Curriculum. For more information on this, please see the NAP website:
www.nap.edu.au
Questions are multiple-choice or require a short written response. The writing task requires students to write a text in response to a prompt.
To give you an idea of what the tests look like, sample questions and a sample writing task are available on the NAP website.
 
How can I help my child prepare for the tests?
NAPLAN assesses literacy and numeracy skills that students have already been learning through the school curriculum. Teachers will ensure students are familiar with the test formats and will provide appropriate support and guidance.
Help your child prepare for NAPLAN by reassuring them that NAPLAN tests are just one part of their school program, and reminding them on the day to simply try their best. The use of services by coaching providers is not recommended.
If you have any questions about your child’s preparation for NAPLAN, you should make a time to speak with their teacher.
What additional support can schools provide for students with special needs?
All students are encouraged to participate in NAPLAN tests. Students with disability may qualify for adjustments that reflect the support normally provided in the classroom. Students who have a temporary injury may also be reasonably accommodated.
A formal exemption may be granted for a student with significant intellectual disability and/or significant coexisting conditions, or for a student who has recently arrived in Australia and has a non-English speaking background.
Your school principal can give you more information on special provisions or the process required to gain a formal exemption.
 
How is NAPLAN performance measured?
NAPLAN is not a pass-or-fail type test. Individual student performance is shown on a national achievement scale for each test. Each test scale has 10 bands and all year levels are reported on the same scale. Six bands are reported for each year level for each test. One of these bands represents the national minimum standard for students at each year level. A result at the national minimum standard indicates that the student demonstrated the basic literacy and numeracy skills needed to participate fully in that year level. The performance of individual students can be compared to the average performance of all students in Australia.
  
What happens if my child is absent from school on test days?
Where possible, schools will organise for individual students who are absent at the time of testing to complete missed tests at another time during the testing week. Individual students are not permitted to sit tests after Friday 12 May 2017.
 
Will I receive a report on my child’s performance?
A NAPLAN report will be issued by your school later in the year. The same report format is used for every student in Australia. The school will notify you when the reports are being sent to you. If you do not receive a report, you should contact the school. Individual student results are strictly confidential.
  
How are NAPLAN test results used?
·                     Schools use results to identify strengths and weaknesses in teaching

 

                      programs and to set goals in literacy and numeracy.
·                     School systems use results to review programs and support offered

 

                       to schools.
·                     Students and parents may use individual results to discuss progress

 

                       with teachers.
·                     Teachers use results to help them better identify students who

 

                      require greater challenges or additional support.
·                     The community can see average school NAPLAN results on the My

 

                      School website: www.myschool.edu.au
 
Where can I get more information?
For more information about NAPLAN:
·                     visit the NAP website
www.nap.edu.au
·                     contact your child’s school
·                     contact your state or territory’s education authority (details available

 

                      on the NAP website).
 
For ACARA’s privacy policy, go to:
www.acara.edu.au/contact-us/privacy

 


NAPLAN 2017 Test Timetable
 

 

 

 

 

 

    Tuesday 9 May

 

 

  Wednesday 10 May

 

 

   Thursday 11 May

 

 

Year 3

 

 

    Language Conventions – 40 mins
    Writing – 40 mins

 

 

  Reading – 45 mins

 

 

   Numeracy – 45 mins

 

 

Year 5

 

 

   Language Conventions – 40 mins
   Writing – 40 mins

 

 

  Reading – 50 mins

 

 

   Numeracy – 50 mins

 

 

 
•          Language conventions test includes spelling, grammar and punctuation.
•          Numeracy test includes number and algebra; measurement and geometry;

 

           and statistics and probability.
•          Calculators are not permitted in the numeracy test in Years 3 and 5.
 
Early Start
Our Metropolitan Region is focused on lifting all Year 3 students above the National Minimum Standards, by giving students the best start to their education in Prep. 
 
Early Start is a suite of literacy and numeracy materials to support schools in promoting a culture of ongoing and consistent school-based monitoring for students in Prep to Year 2.

 


Schools and teachers can use Early Start to: generate purposeful data about literacy and numeracy achievement track progress measure growth for P-2 students.

 

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This data can inform curriculum planning and resourcing decisions and support teachers to more effectively differentiate teaching for students in the early years of schooling.

The materials are aligned with the Australian Curriculum Literacy and Numeracy General capabilities and elements of the Australian Curriculum: English and Mathematics.
 
Our Prep teachers are engaged in collecting Early Start data on each of our Prep students.  If you would like any further information regarding Early Start, please see your child’s teacher.
 
  
Nicole Goodwin
Principal