NAPLAN testing will be conducted on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. Tests of this nature give us valuable data as a school and more importantly feedback about individual student progress. You are also no doubt aware that the data forms part of the MySchool website. They are however, by their nature, a snap-shot of how a child performs on a particular day, at a particular time, in a given test situation. My experience has shown that some children may become anxious on the week or eve of the tests, this anxiety often reflects itself in results where they underperform. I believe in the ‘normalisation’ of the process. Key to this is treating the day like any other and not fuelling the fire by ‘talking the tests up’. NAPLAN is one of a number of ways that allows teachers to assess, measure and track individual student attainment and achievement, it provides another piece of the learning jigsaw not the finished picture.
Here are some suggestions that may help you support your children during the week…
Ensure your child has a good night sleep;
Give them a solid healthy breakfast – but don’t overload them;
Provide healthy snacks and lunch on test days and plenty of water;
Cut back on after school activities if your child is tired, but encourage fresh air and a fun play outside;
Kids pick up cues from us – so keep it low key. The test will cover normal classroom/curriculum work learnt over a period of time – so no extra tutoring or last minute studying is necessary;
Encourage your child to do their best but don’t put any pressure on them - emphasise that this is just one of many tests they will take during their schooling and it will help them learn better;
Most of all – reassure them that you are proud of them for who they are, not what they can do. No test can ever measure a person’s worth.
Yesterday marked the anniversary of the opening of the first ‘Mother House’ in Kensington, opened by Mary MacKillop in 1876. Coincidently this week we also celebrate Mother's Day. This Sunday has been known by several names over the years. The vast majority of us refer to it as ‘Mother's Day’ or ‘Mothering Sunday’ and a whole industry of cards and presents has grown around it, marking it firmly in the nation’s psyche. The day is devoted to all mothers, for their selfless love and the pains and hardships they have taken to make life better for their children. Globally all children realise the importance of a mother and the contributions they make in their life and hence, a day like this gives them an opportunity to thank their mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers, and all those women who are not mothers but still love and shape people with their motherly care and compassion. In my visits around classes this week I know that the students have been busy preparing for Sunday. Happy Mother’s Day - I hope to see you this Friday 12th May at our Mother’s Day Morning Tea.
**SAVE THE DATE:
2017 SJMS QUIZ NIGHT SATURDAY 9th SEPTEMBER
This is our school’s major fundraiser, and in the past, we have been able to raise over $20,000 which, when added to the proceeds of our other fundraising activities, have enabled the school to purchase IT equipment, furniture, and pay for programs which benefit all our children. For anyone who has attended in the past, I know you will agree it is a great night! We look forward to having many new parents attend this year.
More information regarding the event will be sent home shortly, including the ways in which you can contribute to the success of the evening.
The opening times for the SJMS Uniform Shop are Wednesday mornings during the term, 8:30am until 9:30am. You can contact Rebecca via email at email@example.com