Finally a burst of sunshine this week. Despite the low temperatures the sunshine certainly makes you feel more positive. We have enjoyed the last three weeks participating in class and yard activities focused on the Book Week theme New Worlds, Old Worlds, Other Worlds. As well a number of class, buddy class and yard activities have addressed the Science Week theme of Food: Different by Design. A big thank you to Ms Taylor for putting this together for us to enjoy.
Parent Engagement Survey
The Parent Engagement Survey closes on Sunday 29th August. The survey asks families about how they perceive their child’s school, including how well the school supports their child’s learning and wellbeing, and communicates with students and families. Survey results will help us understand what we are doing well, where we can improve, and what’s important to parents and carers. If you haven’t already, we would appreciate you completing the survey. It only takes about ten minutes.
Pupil Free Day
Pupil Free Day is on Friday 3rd September. Staff will spend the day continuing their work on Teacher Clarity, and Student Wellbeing.
The Chief Executive has given approval for school closures to go ahead, even if the event of local significance has since been cancelled. Our School Closure Day is Monday 6th September.
Progressive Assessment Test (PAT)
The Progressive Achievement Tests (PAT) are online assessments that provide diagnostic information to teachers relating to the learning strengths and needs of their students. All South Australian Department for Education students in years 3 to 10 are required to undertake PAT Reading Comprehension (PAT-R) and Maths (PAT-M) annually, with optional testing for years 1 and 2. Over the next three weeks our students’ year 1-7 will participate in these tests. Results will then be analysed by teachers to determine student growth, as well as areas for teaching and learning improvement.
PAT Reading assess students’ reading comprehension skills, vocabulary knowledge and spelling. Comprehension assesses retrieving directly stated information, interpreting explicit information, interpreting implied information and reflecting on texts in multiple-choice format. These skills reflect comprehension skills described in the Australian National Curriculum for English.
PAT Maths assess students’ skill and understanding in multiple-choice format in the six strands of Number, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Statistics and Probability.
Schools will receive student NAPLAN results in week 8 to send home to families. At this stage we have only received a brief summary of our results which is not enough to publish to families but what I can see from the summary is a significant number of students reaching the standard of educational achievement in Reading and Maths, and making good progress between tests. More details will be made available next term.
Phonics Screen Check
The Phonics Screening Check is a simple formative assessment that tells us how students are progressing with phonics. It takes 5 to 7 minute per student and is compulsory for all year 1’s. The results are used for further learning and, if necessary, provide any additional support that students might require. Year 1 students completed the Phonics Screen Check this week with a significant number scoring 28 and above. 28 is the expected benchmark. Please contact Mrs Irwin, Mrs Hearnden or Ms De Meur if you would like details in relation to your child.
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