Wellbeing and Engagement Survey
Last week information was sent home to all families regarding the year 4-7 Wellbeing and Engagement Survey which students will undertake between weeks 8 and 10 of this term. The survey will ask students to respond to a range of questions around their engagement with school and areas relating to social, emotional and physical health. Schools, classrooms and students are not compared and we will receive a report based on student findings, but students are not identified. The information gathered from this survey gives the school valuable information which can be used to plan and implement wellbeing strategies for our students.
Our year 3, 5 and 7 students will be completing a practice test next Thursday in readiness for the actual NAPLAN assessments that will be held in Term 2. For parents/caregivers of these students please be aware of the following information regarding the arrangements for NAPLAN next term:
All students in Years 3, 5, and 7 are expected to participate in NAPLAN. The NAPLAN assessment dates are Tuesday May 11 — Friday May 21. NAPLAN tests give information on how your child is progressing against national standards in the areas of Numeracy, Reading, Writing, Spelling and Language Conventions. NAPLAN does not replace, but rather complements, other whole school and class based assessments that occur throughout the year. Whilst we encourage all students to participate in NAPLAN there are options for families who do not want their child to participate. This can be done through seeking either an exemption or withdrawal.
Exemptions may be granted for students with a language background other than English or for students with a disability. In these situations, a student's parent/carer must give their permission to the school for their child to be exempted prior to the testing period.
Students may be withdrawn from the testing program by their parent/carer if there are religious beliefs or philosophical objections to testing. This is a matter for consideration by individual parents/carers in consultation with the school.
If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child’s participation in NAPLAN please speak to their class teacher. We require confirmation from families by the end of term 1 if you do not intend to have your child participate in NAPLAN. Further information regarding NAPLAN can be found following at https://www.nap.edu.au/ or referring to the information page that was included in our previous newsletter.
Our Sports Day will be held on Thursday April 1 and we are looking forward to it being a positive and enjoyable community event. Students have been practising hard and will commence rehearsing their team chant in the coming weeks. Information has been provided below regarding plans for the day. A program of the day will be provided early next week.
· The day will commence at 9am and conclude at 2.00pm (Governing Council have approved an early dismissal for the Easter break).
· Due to COVID-19 guidelines a boundary rope will surround the oval area where students will be participating in their events (this will be shown on a map in the Sports Day booklet). Visitors will be expected to stay behind the rope. Efforts will be made so that parents/carers will be able to view their child/ren’s events however we need to ensure physical distancing requirements are being met (adults are expected to maintain 1.5 metres between themselves and other adults as well as children other than their own). Our Sports Day does not require the presence of COVID marshals so we request all spectators to support the success of the event by being mindful of this expectation.
· Please note there will be some events in the gym therefore only students and staff will be allowed in this area.
We will be interested to see how the roped off areas go as this may be a practice that is maintained in future years (some safety concerns have been raised in the past about young children and visitors encroaching upon events creating the risk of an accident/injury occurring).
· All visitors will be required to use the QR sign in as they enter the school grounds.
· Students are to go to their class after the first morning bell so that the roll can be taken.
· The day will commence at 9am on the sprint track where students will meet in their teams prior to starting their first event.
· In the case of extreme heat or inclement weather, our Sports Day will be cancelled and a modified event will re-scheduled on an alternative date. Families will be notified via SMS and Skoolbag if the event is cancelled.
· Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle, recess and lunch if needed. A coffee van will be on site for all visitors.