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From the Principal
Parent Teacher Interviews 
Over the past few weeks, each class teacher has been conducting Parent Teacher Interviews to discuss student progress.  If you have not yet made an appointment, please contact your child’s teacher to arrange one.
This week, each student in Year 3 and 5 received their individual NAPLAN report.  NAPLAN is a point in time test over a range of areas, and individual student reports provide parents with information around the band their child is in and where they are in relation to other students who took the test.  Below is our school data for both year levels.
Year 5:

Our Year 5 data shows that across all strands, our school is similar to  the national cohort (shaded blue), except for our mean for Reading, which is above the national cohort.
We can certainly celebrate the number of students above NMS (National Minimum Standards) across all areas, as well as the percentage of students in the Upper 2 Bands.

Year 3:
Our Year 3 data also shows that our students are similar to the Nation across all strands, except the number of students in the top 2 bands for Grammar, and Numeracy, where we are above the Nation (shaded green).  Again, the number of students above National Minimum Standards tell us a great success story of preparation in our early years.
Any parents who have questions regarding their child’s NAPLAN report, should contact their child’s teacher.
Inner City Schools 
I have previously mentioned the planning in progress relating to the new high school announcement recently.  In response to this, Mark Campling, our Metropolitan Schools Regional Director, has been given this project as part of his portfolio.  Mark will be attending our next P&C meeting on Tuesday 15 August to answer questions our community may have.  Please consider coming along if this is of interest to you.
Mr Campling will be coordinating an Inner City Reference Group to consult with communities involved.  Each school will be represented by the Principal and one elected P&C rep.  As our first meeting is scheduled for next Monday afternoon prior to our P&C meeting, our P&C rep for our first meeting will be Stuart Fyfe, our executive member who has been a part of the P&C Masterplan group.  Stuart and I will feed back to the community all information from this first Reference Group meeting on Tuesday 15 August.
Students Arriving Late to School 
Introducing our text messaging system earlier in the year had a few little hiccups.  To ensure our information is correct regarding student attendance, as a school, we have needed to refine our processes.  One of these processes is signing students in at the Office if they arrive after the first school bell in the morning.  Recently, we have noticed many more students arriving for school late, with reasons such as ‘slept in’ or ‘couldn’t find homework’.  The Department does not deem these as ‘reasonable excuses’ for student late arrival or absences.  Some of the ideas below may help with morning routines in some households:
·         Try to find out the night before (or even earlier) if there is something special going on at school the next day.
·         Organise lunches and set the breakfast table ready for the morning rush. Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, and helps your child to concentrate better at school.
·         Get your child to have a bath or shower the night before. This means you won’t have to worry about this in the morning.
·         You might know something is going to come up that could cause conflict, like your child not wanting to eat breakfast, or wanting to wear sneakers rather than school shoes. Talk about it the night before when everybody has time and you’re all less likely to be stressed.
·         Think about having a weekly schedule or calendar with reminders of what your child needs to take to school each day – for example, library books, sports clothes, show and tell, and so on.
·         Think about getting ready for your day the night before as well, to help ease time pressure in the morning.
  • Think about an alarm clock for children who find it hard to wake up or don’t like getting out of bed. 
  • Tackle the morning as positively and as optimistically as you can. Good moods can be infectious. One way to do this is by focusing on the positive aspects of your children’s behaviour and praising them – for example, ‘Great to see you eating some toast’. 
  • Give your children calm, clear instructions about what you want them to do, and follow up with specific praise as soon as they start to cooperate. You might need to remind younger children more often about what they’re meant to be doing and when. Simple ‘to do’ checklists, even with pictures, can help.
  • As your children get older and more capable, encourage them to do more for themselves – for example, an eight-year-old can get dressed on his own, make his own breakfast, and tidy up after himself. A five-year-old can do things like putting his lunch box in his bag.
  • Cut down on distractions like television, tablets and other devices. Many families have a rule about no screen time in the morning. Think about leaving screens off, unless screen time is a special treat for being ready on time. 
  • Try not to give your children extra attention for arguing, whining or stalling. Even negative attention is an incentive for them to keep going with this behaviour.
  • Make it fun – for example, try the ‘Beat the buzzer’ game to encourage your child to be ready on time
Student Council 
Next Friday is Silly Sock Day!  Find your craziest socks an pair them with your school uniform…..all for a gold coin donation.  Funds raised by the Student Council will go towards families in the Marshall Islands.  Coins will be collected from classrooms by Student Council.  Please do not send money to the Office. 
Nicole Goodwin