Thank you to all of our parents and carers who were able to make time in their busy days to attend the parent/teacher interviews at the end of last term. These interviews are a valuable way to learn how your child is going and to discuss with the teachers any concerns that you may have. Parents normally learn more during these face to face sessions than they do from the formal written reports.
This year, for the first time, we were delighted to see many of the teachers had every parent come for an interview. This is a wonderful recognition of the partnership that exists between the parent and teacher and the recognition that you as parents place on education.
Staff are still happy to organise an interview if you were unable to attend last term or if you would like to follow up with any further questions.
I was very proud to accompany some of our students and staff at the Tomakin march on ANZAC Day. Our students, especially our captains, represented our school with with honour. Participating in events like this not only teaches us some of our history, but also bonds us with our local community.
A special thank you to our families who, despite the holidays, were able to get their children to the march and also to our dedicated teaching staff who marched with the students.
"The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It has been an annual event for schools since 2008.
On Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 May, students will take the 2013 NAPLAN tests.
NAPLAN assesses skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed over time through the school curriculum. NAPLAN is not a pass or fail type test, but rather shows how students are progressing in numeracy and literacy skills against national standards for all Australian children. It also provides valuable information that allows schools and governments to better target effort and support to help all students achieve their potential and acquire the basic skills to help them build successful and happy lives.
All students are expected to participate in the tests. Students with a disability may qualify for reasonable adjustments that reflect the support normally provided to them in the classroom. Some students with very specific circumstances may be exempt from participating in the tests. For information about participation in NAPLAN, you can go to: http://www.nap.edu.au/naplan/parent-carer-support.html
NAPLAN tests fundamental skills rather than specific content, and as such is not a test for which students can study or drill. The best way you can help your child prepare for NAPLAN is to let them know that NAPLAN is just one part of their school program, and to urge them to simply do the best they can on the day. The use of services by coaching providers is not recommended.
An individual student NAPLAN report will be issued by the school later this year. Parents can use this information to monitor how their child is progressing and to identify any areas of concern. Parents may also wish to use their child’s results to discuss progress with teachers. More information is available at www.nap.edu.au."
Debating and Public Speaking Camp.
This is a regional camp for students in years 3-6 and is held in Batemans Bay on 29 & 30 August. If you are interested in your child attending, please contact Mr Rutter for further information and the forms/costs.
A warm welcome to Sam Clarke who will be replacing Chris Ritchie for the term. Chris is taking some well deserved Long Service Leave. A welcome also to Rachel Dunn, a student teacher from Canberra University who will be working with Julie Frost in 2/3F for 4 weeks.