In this issue
10th - NAPLAN Yr 3 and 5
11th - NAPLAN Yr 3 and 5
12th - NAPLAN Yr 3 and 5
20th – National Walk to School
27th – Reconciliation Week
1st - Pupil Free Day
8th – School Photos
9th – Group Photos
13th – Public Holiday
21st – Choir Masterclass Visit
27th – 1/7 - JP Swimming
Wed 4th May – Tue 10th May
Ella P, Tammy V, Mikaela B
Wed 11th May – Tue 17th May
Michael T, William Mc, Sam J
Wed 18th May – Tue 24th May
Lucas D, Kiavash B, Tate W
Please arrive by 8.25am
NAPLAN: Literacy and Numeracy Testing
Pictured are Harry, Josh and Priscilla doing some planning for a persuasive text so they are familiar and comfortable with the NAPLAN writing test procedures.
Information including exemption and withdrawal procedures for NAPLAN
Withdrawals may be for philosophical reasons, while exemptions from the tests are based on the child having a disability or lack of language proficiency making it too difficult for them to effectively undertake the test.
Students can be withdrawn from the tests on parent request
Parents must submit a request form by Monday 9th May - Term 2 – Week 2. The request form is available by ringing or emailing the school and on Skoolbag, which was sent on 2nd May.
These are provided to students who are not proficient in English language or who have a significant intellectual disability. The school will be aware of these situations and will contact the parents.
NAPLAN is the annual national assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7, & 9 and will occur on
Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th of May.
Please ensure your child attends on these dates, after a good night’s sleep and breakfast, so that data can be collected about their performance. This year catch up days for students, who were absent on a test day will continue until the 3rd June.
What does NAPLAN assess?
NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy. It is important to remember that NAPLAN tests are not pass/fail tests. At the classroom level it is one of a number of important tools used by teachers to measure student progress.
NAPLAN assesses literacy and numeracy skills that students are already learning through the school curriculum. Teachers are ensuring students are familiar with the test formats and will provide appropriate support and guidance. Students now complete all tests online with the exception of year 3 writing.
How is NAPLAN performance measured?
Individual student performance is shown on a national achievement scale for each test. Each test scale has ten bands and all year levels are reported on the same scale. The performance of individual students can be compared to the average performance of all. For more information about NAPLAN: visit www.nap.edu.au
See practice test examples at www.nap.edu.au/naplan/the-tests.html
National Walk Safely to School Day is on Friday 20 May 2022. Now in its 23rd year, the annual campaign encourages all primary school children, their parents and carers to walk safely and regularly to school. The event seeks to promote road safety, health, public transport and the environment.
The objectives of National Walk Safely to School Day are:
• To encourage parents and carers to walk regularly with their children, all or part of the way to school
• To promote the health benefits of walking and create regular walking habits
• To help children develop vital road crossing skills and ensure children up to the age of 10 years hold an adult's hand when crossing the road
• To reduce car dependency and traffic congestion, especially around schools
• To reduce the level of air pollution created by motor vehicles
• To promote the use of public transport
At Ardtornish we will be promoting the day by having pieces of fruit and Walk Safely to School Day temporary tattoos in the yard when students are arriving in the morning before school.
RAN Training Update
RAN Training Update is a mandatory requirement for all volunteers, as of 1/1/22. This is now called RRHAN-EC Training, this update will need to be completed to be able to volunteer in any classrooms, canteen, library, help on excursions/camps for 2022. Click here on this link Plink Account for Volunteers - RRHAN-EC training to do the online training update.
Once completed please email a copy of your certificate to firstname.lastname@example.org
Term Two Program @ Ardtornish Children's Centre
Building Coping Skills - A workshop over two Tuesday evenings on 10 & 17 May, helping parents and caregivers support their child or young person’s resilience. Featuring a choice of simple, practical strategies that each family can adapt for their own parenting situations. Limited seats and crèche spaces, registrations are essential.
Multiple Birth Playgroup on Monday mornings, Baby Playgroups on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and visiting midwives Tuesdays. CaFHS Early Parenting Groups are currently online, and we will notify when that situation changes.
Dad Time for men and their children from birth to five years on occasional Saturdays, we have an evening Being A Dad session on Wednesday 25 May followed by two evening My Child and Me 4 Men working with men who have children from infancy to 12 years reflect on their significant and unique contribution to their developing child’s healthy development and wellbeing.
To find out more and to book for these courses see our Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/ardtornish-childrens-centre-courses-and-events-228239
Our term two program is available at https://www.facebook.com/ArdtornishCC/ or call if you need.
Community Development Coordinator