I am excited by a number of the projects that are being run through the school as part of our focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives this term. Some students working in Middle Gully will be developing a bush tucker walk between the maze and the dam area. We have been in touch with Kerri Douglas the Macedon PS Koori Education support Officer from DET. We are working with Kerri and local landscape designer Kylie Blade of BLADE by DESIGN to develop the space into an interactive and educational walk through this section of Middle Gully Reserve. We have also engaged with the local parks ranger to learn more about the local endemic species and bush tucker. Students from selected grades will work on preparing the space and planting out the bush tucker plants. I look forward to this becoming a part of Middle Gully Reserve.
NAPLAN – May 11 -13 May
The nationwide NAPLAN assessments for our Year 3 and Year 5 students is next week. The assessments will be occurring between the 11th and 13th of May.
Language and Writing – Tuesday 11 May
Reading – Wednesday 12 May
Numeracy – Thursday 13 May
The NAPLAN tests are an important check-in for our school, our state and the education system in Australia. The results support us to measure our success and identify areas for improvement with our teaching. For parents of students in year three and five, this is just one of a number of assessments your children will complete through the course of the year. I encourage you to keep the daily routines normal as we approach the week and describe the period as a normal week at school. There may be additional anxiety that your child feels as we approach these assessments, however we encourage you to encourage your child to focus on putting in their best effort just like they do with all of the other assessments they complete throughout the year. Your child’s teacher will be working hard to create a supportive and safe environment and give all students the skills they need to put their best effort forward during the assessment period.
If you have any questions about the NAPLAN assessments or would like to discuss them with me please call the school to make a time to see me or feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Report – Presentation to the community – Wednesday 5th of May – 7:30pm
I will be presenting this document to the community at School Council on Wednesday 5 May and I will also be offering you all the opportunity to tune in via WebEx at 7:30pm. I invite you all to join me and the school council by clicking the following link at 7:30pm on Wednesday https://eduvic.webex.com/join/forrest.matthew.j
Finally, thank you to the parents who helped out with the Mother's Day stall today, especially Lisa Colban who organised the stall for the first time this year. The gifts all looked amazing and I am sure will be gratefully received on Sunday morning. I would like to wish the Mum's in our school community a Happy Mother's Day and I hope you have a restful day on Sunday.