Welcome back to Term 4
This term we welcome Lil Ruscoe and Jody Tilley (Tuesdays) to our P/1H classroom for the first 6 weeks as Sue Herlihy enjoys some long service leave overseas. Deb McKeown is also enjoying some long service leave and will return in a couple of weeks.
At our school council meeting this week we looked over and discussed our recent NAPLAN data. As I have mentioned in an earlier newsletter we are very proud of the progress that the children have made, particularly in reading. Below I have attached some screen shots that show the huge jump our Year 3s made in coming closer to the state mean in all areas and also the growth achieved by our Year 5s. In the recent school performance report released by the department we are considered to be an "Influence School" in reading which means that we are on a positive improvement trajectory with the school acting as an influencer and system leader. 84% of our Year 5s showed medium to high growth and we had 34.5 students in the top 2 bands. In Numeracy we are considered to be a "Stretch School" meaning we are improving and on track to be an influencer in this area. 76.9% of our Year 5 students showed medium to high growth with 17.2 students were in the top 2 bands.
So it is great to see the improved approaches in our literacy and numeracy paying dividends this year. Some of the strategies we have used have included increasing the staffing in our intervention program, updating our library and take home readers with more engaging texts, promoting reading across the school, recognising at assembly readers of the week, focusing more heavily on comprehension and fluency in our Prep - 2 area, and our teachers engaging in professional learning and changing classroom practice. This year Jacqi Hope and myself have been completing a Literacy Leaders course and Shantelle Hives, and Jenny Sartoria have completed a course on developing Professional Learning Communities. We have incorporated many of the ideas we have learnt in these courses into our teaching and learning.
Even though we are only two weeks into the term, we are currently preparing for 2019, so we ask that if you are moving out of the area next year please let us know. Our Prep transition program is going smoothly and we already have 30 Preps enrolled for next year. Our next transition day is this Friday at 2.30 pm.
Although it has been great to have rain this week, I do hope it holds off for the Foodbowl Festival on the weekend. Notes went home yesterday concerning the parade. Any students wishing to participate should return their slip on Friday.