From the Primary Deputy

NAPLAN is Coming

NAPLAN for our Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students commences on Tuesday 14th May.  As advertised previously, other than Year 3 Writing, all NAPLAN is online.  The tests are spread out over a two week period, with opportunity for catch up tests as well.  A general timetable for Years 3 and 5 will come home to families very soon.

Being online, it is essential that students all have a pair of headphones/earbuds in order to access the tests.  There are some sections in which questions are read to students, which obviously required headphones.  The school has a small number of pairs for students to borrow but bringing their own is preferable.  Note that only basic headphone types will work i.e. wired, not gaming, etc).  Wireless, Bluetooth or gaming headphones don’t work.

BYOD

 The school’s BYOD program has been up and running for a while now, with great success.  I have received some very helpful feedback from students and parents, which I would like to share with you.

  • School accounts. Almost everything your child needs to operate their device at school will be set up by the school.  This includes a school email address, school Google account, etc.  There is no need for parents to set up home accounts for these.  In fact, having two accounts, or shared accounts, actually makes the process more complicated, and can lead to security concerns.
  • Most household insurance policies have an extra option to cover electronics out of the home.  I can only speak from my experience of taking out such cover, but it was not a very expensive addition to my premium and has saved me from the full costs of funding a repair.  I cannot recommend this enough, because in a busy school, accidents will happen, and the school’s insurance does not cover this.

Woolworths Earn and Learn

Woolworths Earn and Learn is back for another year.  The school received some great free resources through this promotion last year, and we are looking forward to the same again.  The promotion is on from Wednesday 1st May until Tuesday 25th June.  The school is NOT asking parents to change their shopping habits; just to be aware of the promotion if you are a Woolworths shopper.

Glasses (Spectacles) and lost property in general

The Primary Office is currently home to almost 30 unclaimed pairs of spectacles.  These have been collected over the last 12 to 18 months and we have not been able to find the owners.  Rather than keeping them in the cupboard for another year, we will be donating any unclaimed pairs to a mission that provides glasses to third world countries.  Please drop in and check if you think you may own a pair, otherwise they will be donated over the next few weeks.

While it may not be practical to label glasses, most other items worn by students have space for this.  Can you please ensure all items of uniform are clearly labelled, so they can be returned to the rightful owner.  Our collection of misplaced uniform items is also rather large at the moment…

Uniform

Thank you to the students and families who have responded to the uniform requests over last term.  Your cooperation is appreciated.  I have two reminders to share:

  • Earrings (one set only) and shoes (approved colours only) are still a bit of a problem. I would ask families to address this promptly please.
  • There seems to be some misunderstanding around the faith related items. The school has not modified the uniform policy, nor have we given permission for specific attire or items to be worn.  Rather, there is now an avenue for parents to write to Mr McMullen to request consideration for a particular faith related item or attire.  This is on a family by family basis.  I will repost a section from Mr McMullen’s original article relating to this:

There are some specific examples where students have expressed they are unable to meet, with good integrity, the uniform code. Such valid reasons would include a fundamental observance (that is a requirement of their faith) which cannot be modified when at school or a specific medical item prescribed for treatment.

If this applies to your situation, then the next step is a letter to Mr McMullen, presenting your reasons.  I am happy to discus this with parents, to provide greater clarity.

 

Coming Soon:

Monday 6th May
P-2 Fun Run

Tuesday 7th May
Mother’s Day Breakfast (Booking required)

Wednesday 8th May
IPSSO – WCCS vs. ASG
HICES Debating

Thursday 9th May
CSSA Girls’ Soccer Gala Day

Friday 10th May
Years 2-6 Cross Country Carnival 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Monday 13th May
Prep Photo Day 1

Tuesday 14th to Friday 24th May
NAPLAN Online

Wednesday 15th May
IPSSO – Bye
Prep Information Evening – 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Thursday 16th May
Prep Photo Day 2
Wollondilly Heritage Centre Excursion – 2S and 2MG

Friday 17th May
K-6 Assembly – 2:00 pm in the hall

The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you but will rejoice over you with singing.  Zephaniah 3:17

In His service,

Robert Burgess