The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests for Years 3 and 5 students will be held on Tuesday 14 May, Wednesday 15 May and Thursday 16 May 2019. NAPLAN tests assess student knowledge and skills in writing, reading, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.
All students are expected to participate in these assessments. Exemptions may be granted to students with significant intellectual disabilities and to students who have been learning English for less than one year. Students may be withdrawn from the NAPLAN by their parent or carer. If you decide to withdraw your child, please contact the principal as you are required to sign a Student Withdrawal form.
NAPLAN assessments form one part of your child’s achievement and progress. Students undertake many forms of pre and post assessment in classes each term. Please see your child’s teacher if you need further information regarding your child’s progress.
NAPLAN parent reports are issued to school in the first few weeks of term 3.The report to parents will describe your child’s particular skills in reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. The report will also show how your child performed in relation to national minimum standards. These describe the minimum acceptable standards for students across Australia.
For more information about the tests, please visit the VCAA website at www.vcaa.vic.edu.au
or the NAPLAN website at www.nap.edu.au
We are looking forward to a fantastic School Athletics day this Friday 5 April. Parents, families and friends are welcome to join us from 9:15- 11:00am at Bricker Rd Reserve. Our year 6 Sports and Play Leaders will be supporting Mrs Pattinson with running events. Students may wear their team colours on this day.
As this is the last day of term, school will finish at 2:30pm on this day.
Thanks to the many families who donated items and purchased tickets for the Easter Raffle. The Raffle will be drawn on Friday 5 April.
Parent Engagement Platform/Website/App
Last year the school board worked on collating information and making recommendations how we could improve and streamline communication platforms in our school. Much of the feedback indicated that the multiple electronic platforms for various forms of information was confusing. Board parents suggested that one platform that could store information and could be easily accessed would be more helpful.
I am pleased to announce after researching communication platforms of other schools we have engaged Schoolzine to support our school with a new Parent Engagement Platform, Website and School App. The benefit of Schoolzine products is that they integrate, providing easy access of information to parents.
The Parent Engagement Platform will allow parents to access the latest e-news, print a copy and locate archived newsletters. This platform also stores information such as school policies, uniform and canteen information, school calendar, and staff contacts. Other features include booking events, translating the newsletter into different languages and contacting the school regarding a student absence.
The school app called SZapp allows parents to access newsletters and calendar, report a student absence, call the school and place an order for the canteen.
The Parent Engagement Platform and the app is designed so as current parents can easily access school information.
The school website, while still providing parents with general information about our school is designed more for new families wishing to find out information about programs the school offers and the enrolment process.
We hope to change over to the new Schoolzine products in week 2 of term 2. This will mean that parents will still receive a link to the newsletter via email. You will not need to subscribe as we will transfer all current parent emails over to schoolzine. Parents will need to install the Schoolzine app called SZapp on their phones.
As of Monday 29 April we will no longer be using Flexibuzz to communicate messages to parents.
School Performance- Term 4
This year we will once again be holding a whole school performance. Our performing arts teacher Mrs Trish O’Gorman will be leading our students in a performance on Tuesday 8 October at Kilbreda College. Performance time to be advised and further details will follow.
As the weather is still often mild in the first two weeks of term 2, students may choose to wear either summer or winter uniform until the end of week 2- Thursday 2 May.
School Closure Days Term 2
There is no school for students on Friday 3 May. All staff will engage in Professional Learning off site on this day.Read Less
Last week, to build a greater awareness of the effects of Global Warming on our environment and what we can do to protect our world, each class participated in an Earth Hour activity. These lessons were prepared and presented by our Year 6 Environment & Sustainability Leaders.
The classrooms were a buzz with students discussing their thoughts after listening to the information presented by our leaders and watching clips about Global warming and how our world is being impacted. You may like to watch the following clip with your family to promote further discussion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6zW43U7yqM&t=17s
The students in the Junior school created artwork to show that they are the future and they hold the future of the Earth in their hands. The Year 3 & 4 students built paper houses from recycled paper. Each student wrote why they think it is important to look after our world. The Year 5 & 6 students wrote energy saving and environmental life statements to combat Climate Change as a way to help our world in the future.
Last Friday between 2:30 and 3:30 the whole school powered down to use only essential power. The Year 6 leaders went on a power walk to ensure the school was doing their part for the hour.
Welcome to the last week of term! We held our first community coffee morning last week at Sons of Mischief in Highett. Good coffee and good company, a great way to spend an hour or so on a Thursday! If you missed out, never fear, we’ll hold a few more across the year.
A coffee truck has been booked to be at the Athletics track between 9am and 10.30 for your caffeine fix on Friday morning. With no lunch orders available on the day the P&F will be taking over the Canteen space selling icy poles and sweet treats (biscuits, cupcakes, etc). Prices will vary between 50c and $2.
With the aim to create 3 hampers for our raffle, we are still looking for families to donate Easter chocolates/gifts. We ask that all donations are delivered to the office or classroom teachers by Wednesday.
Raffle tickets went home last week and need to be returned by Thursday.
The raffle will be drawn on Friday at school after the Athletics Day.
Last week the class lists were circulated, we hope they enable you to connect with other parents in your child’s class. We are now looking for volunteers to take up the position of Class Coordinator for each of the year levels. This role is not a time consuming one, we’re just looking for someone to be the social coordinator for each class. You may choose to organise things such as dinners, movie nights, catch ups in the park over the school holidays, etc. Ideally, we’d love 2 parents from each class to take on this role. Thank you to Sylvia Cary who has volunteered to be Class Coordinator for 1 / 2. If you’d like to know more about the role or would like to volunteer, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
Coming up in Term 2
Mother’s Day Breakfast & Stall – Friday 10th May
- Foundation – 2 (Date TBC)
- Grade 3 – 6 (Date TBC)
School Disco – Friday 14th June (TBC)
I hope you all enjoy/survive the school holidays!
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One of our year 4 students, Sophia Yau, has gone to great lengths in her own time to raise money for Project Compassion, making and selling Rocky Road Popcorn. She has raised over $100 to donate to the Caritas Foundation. Congratulations to Sophia for showing such initiative in this act of social justice! Here is what Sophia had to say about her fundraising efforts:
How did you raise the money?
Well my Mum and I came up with an idea and it was batches of rocky-road popcorn so it was 240g a bag for $8.
Why did you raise the money?
Because we thought that there getting all of this polluted water and we thought if we did this they can get clean water and we thought that no one would get it but we sold so many.
What does the money go to?
It goes to Project Compassion and we as much to give is communities in Zimbabwe,Solomon Islands, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia and Australia.
Why is it important?
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Could you please donate any wool that you are not using?
Aliyah, Peter, David, Bill and Liam.
On Monday the 18th of March the 3/4 Learning Assembly was held for parents, teachers and carers to see what we have been learning during Term 1. The focus was on how we use digital technology in the classroom to support our learning.
Learning stations were set up for students to showcase their skills on Chromebooks and iPads. We had students sharing their Learning Portfolios on Google Sites. We also had students showing how they create presentations on Google Slides, type up their writing pieces on Google Docs and use Google Sheets for creating data displays in Mathematics. Some of our learners were also able to give parents and carers a tour of how we use tools such as Google Classroom and Seesaw to share learning activities online.
We hope all 3/4 parents and carers enjoyed participating in the learning experience and seeing how our students’ skills on the Chromebooks and iPads are growing!
On Thursday 4th April, we are having a crazy Hair Day. We ask that all children please come to school with Crazy hair. Students still need to wear their school uniform but they can wear a wig, spray colour or have funny hairstyles. Please ensure long hair is tied up. Please donate a gold coin to do this. Parents may also donate. Year 6 Leaders will collect donations at the school gates on the day. All money collected will be donated to our Caritas Project Compassion - GIVE LENT 100% Appeal. We hope to raise lots of money to help change lives.
Thank you for your support
Year 6 Learning, Faith & Social Justice Leaders
Aliyah Charakas, Peter Kokkalos, Liam Carapeto, Bill Lautenbach & David Gierlach
On Monday 25th March, the Foundation students, staff and parents participated in our first learning assembly for the year. The focus for our assembly was based around our Inquiry concept ‘Change’ in which we have been focusing on families and how families are different and have changed over the years.
We began with a beautiful meditation focusing on the importance of families and what our family means to us. The students shared a lovely sentence that they wrote stating why they love their family. We finished the learning assembly in which the students and parents drew a picture of doing something special together, for example going camping. These pictures have been used to make a display in our Foundation classroom along with photos of their families.
Thank you to all the parents that were able to join us for our first assembly. We look forward to sharing more of our learning next term.
Mrs Deborah Wilson
St Catherine's is hosting an all-day chess tournament on Thursday 30 May.
For more information and to register, go to the following link https://tornelo.com/chess/orgs/ku/events/glen-eira--38