From the Primary Deputy

NAPLAN has been and gone, but Why?
Since I last wrote to you, NAPLAN has received quite a lot of media attention.  It seems we got through relatively unscathed, unlike some of our fellow schools.  I thought, in the midst of all this excitement, it might be helpful to inform you of how we use NAPLAN at William Carey.  Firstly, let me state what we don’t do! 

NAPLAN should not be used to compare schools, so we do not use it for that purpose.  Yes, we are aware of our results compared to other schools thanks to the MySchool Website, but this is of little interest to us. Remembering that NAPLAN is but a snapshot of your child’s year, we are more interested in:

* How is your child achieving in the assessed areas?  NAPLAN reports let us look at how your child is progressing in quite specific detail, across a range of academic areas.  We can use this to provide assistance where required, assign certain programs or, celebrate their successes with them.

* How is our school going, based on our expectations?  Are there gaps where a number of students seem to be struggling?  If so, we address our programs to see what might be missing.  Are our students progressing in NAPLAN from year to year?  If not, how can we improve this?

NAPLAN is not a perfect tool, but in its current form, it does provide some information to assist us in the education of your children.

AFL After School
During the remainder of Term 2, we will be offering after school AFL, for those who may be interested.  It is open to all students from Kindergarten to Year 6.  Your child should have received a note, with registration and payment information. As always, if this note has not made its way home, subsequent copies are available from the Primary office. AFL kicks off (pun intended) on Tuesday 4th June, after school, on the car lines oval.

Some Morning Maths
Sitting in my office as I do, I tend to notice the comings and goings of the Primary Office.  I noticed that we have a number of children who are regularly signing in late, so I decided to do some maths.  If a child is around 20 minutes late per day, then that is 100 minutes per week.  Multiply that by 38 teaching weeks, and that comes to 63 hours over the year, or pretty much 10 full days.  Yes, being late most days can lose 10 days of school time over one year!  Add to that the inconvenience for the class teacher, as they have to stop their lesson to welcome late children, this is quite a problem.  First thing in the morning is also when we run a lot of our extra literacy programs, which are crucial for students to attend. 

Obviously there are very valid reasons for occasional lateness, and in fairness, no one is showing up late every single day, but we do definitely have a problem in this area.  For the benefit of your child, and their classmates, I would ask all parents to please ensure that their children are arriving at school on time.

Coming Soon:

Friday 31st May
CSSA State Cross Country Carnival

Tuesday 4th June
After School AFL (for those registered)

Wednesday 5th June
IPSSO – St Marks vs. WCCS (Away Game)

Thursday 6th June
Year 3 Excursion to Taronga Zoo

Monday 10th June
Happy Birthday Your Majesty!  Please have a day off to celebrate.

Tuesday 11th June
After School AFL (for those registered)

Wednesday 12th June
IPSSO – WCCS vs. THAC (Home Game)

Thursday 13th June
CIS Cross Country Carnival
Year 11 Business Studies Market Day – Years 3-6 involved

Friday 14th June
K-6 Assembly – 2:00 pm in the Hall
3-6 Dance – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Hall

39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.  Acts 2:39

In His service,

Robert Burgess
Primary Deputy