Ms Walker

School Improvement Surveys

Last week, some families were randomly selected to complete School Improvement Surveys from Insight SRC.  You had the choice of competing these online or on paper. Thank you to those parents/guardians who have already done so.

 

These surveys are an important way for us as a school to gain feedback in a number of areas and to also plan for the year ahead.

 

Our Year Five and Six children will complete the surveys during school time and all staff will also complete them.  By all stakeholders giving us feedback, we can gain a clear insight into how our school operates from everyone’s point of view.

 

The surveys close on Friday 8th September. If you have any questions or difficulties with the survey, please see me.

 

NAPLAN

Last week we were able to view our 2017 NAPLAN results. As a school, we have begun to analyse them and determine our learning and teaching plan for the future. We can already see that we have improved our results in all areas and the greatest growth is in Literacy. If you haven’t already done so, please make contact with your child’s teacher to pick up the NAPLAN results.

 

Book Week

Reading is one of the most fundamental skills children must master to succeed.  Almost everything we do involves some type of reading. It is undoubtedly one of the best practices to stimulate intellectual development. You can be transported to places you have never been before and reading to and with your child is one of the most bonding of times.

 

Every year we celebrate books and reading in a very special way- we call this ‘Book Week.’

 

In the next newsletter you will see how the children engaged with book characters by dressing up as them.  The activities are run by our senior children which is also a great way to share the love of reading.

 

Child Safety

The National Child Protection Week (3–9 September 2017) is closely approaching and is a key opportunity for our school to reflect on and spotlight significant child safety efforts, and to share this journey with the school community.

 

A noticeboard display is in the office for your reference because safer communities ensures safer children.

 

In classrooms, students will have opportunities to  express perspectives through discussion, artwork, a poster or bookmark, multimedia, written work or oral presentations/performances in response to questions such as: –

 

What makes you feel safe and happy at school and/or in our community?

Who/where would you go to for support if you were not feeling safe?

What actions could school community members take to further support children and young people, to help keep them safe?

What does a ‘safe community’ look like to you?

What does ‘being unsafe’ look and feel like at home, in the community, online and/or at school?

What are respectful relationships and/or appropriate behaviours?

 

The issue of Safety is an important discussion to have with your child.  

 

Lorraine Walker

Deputy Principal

lwalker@sedandenongnth.catholic.edu.au

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