The Term is quickly drawing to an end.
These past weeks have seen Year 11 undertaking their final exams before beginning their HSC coursework next term. I congratulate them on the wonderful manner in which they have conducted themselves during this time – most exams are 2 hours and they used their time well. Students are encouraged to use the feedback from these exams together with personal reflection before setting their goals for their first HSC term.
RUOK Day was a good reminder of how valuable a kind word and a conversation can be – my thanks to Mrs Meade for the overall organisation of this initiative with the pastoral and wellbeing team.
NAPLAN - Year 7 and 9 students will receive their NAPLAN results tomorrow. As you may have seen in the media, this is much later than expected and the timelines have been changed several times. The is also the first time NAPLAN has been conducted online. As a school we have begun analysing the results to feed into future planning. We are particularly pleased with individual growth as again St Agnes students have performed at a higher than expected level. We are delighted with the trends as they show good growth across literacy and numeracy. There were connectivity issues during the writing paper but overall the students were able to complete the tests in a conducive setting. I commend all students for their commitment to regular engagement across reading, writing and numeracy.
With the holidays approaching, it is important that all students regularly engage in literacy and numeracy activities.
As a community, we celebrate The Feast of St Francis of Assisi on Wednesday, 25 September. The feast commemorates the life of St Francis, who was born in the 12th century and is the Catholic Church's patron saint of animals and the environment. On election to the Papacy, the former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, took his name in honour of St Francis of Assisi, a symbol of poverty, charity and love of nature.
"It means respecting each of God's creatures and respecting
the environment in which we live. It means protecting people,
showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children,
the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about,"
- Pope Francis, 2013
A reminder that the 26 and 27th September are staff days – no students on site. Thursday will be a professional learning day with teachers finalising their preparation for HSC courses and Friday is Staff Spirituality Day.