Principals Desk

Open Night

Our Open Night is coming!

I am looking forward to seeing all of our families at our school on Tuesday 29 May from 6:00 to 7:30 pm where parents can see the wonderful things happening in our Specialist programs and how we use digital technologies to enhance student learning in our classrooms. Parents and students will have the opportunity to visit their child’s classroom to see the wonderful things happening and also participate in a tour around the school visiting other year levels. Families will complete a passport by collecting stamps from each room that they attend. I encourage all families to put this date in their calendar. Completed responses will go into a draw to win your own Botley Robot. This event begins and ends in the school library.

School Standards

This week, our Year 3 & 5 students completed NAPLAN tests in Spelling and Grammar, Reading, Writing and Mathematics. Data from these tests shape future curriculum design at our school. What I like best about NAPLAN tests is that I can see the growth each of our students have made from Year 3 to Year 5. NAPLAN is only one data source that teachers use to measure school achievement. Teachers also use other modes of assessment to monitor and report to parents on student achievement. This week all of our classroom teachers began to moderate students’ writing samples for mid-year reports. Our school has developed a comprehensive set of documents for teachers to use to ensure consistency between classes when assessing writing. I am extremely proud of the standard of writing across the school. In up-coming newsletters I will be publishing some students’ writing samples and I challenge parents to cast their minds back to when they were at primary school and whether their writing was as good as what I am seeing at our school.