Thanks for your work in contributing to a fine start to Term 2. Here are some upcoming events, focuses and processes to support and keep in mind.
- NAPLAN testing is on next week for Year 7 and Year 9 students. I have asked students to try their hardest so that they, their parents and their teachers can collect another measure of how learning is going and how learning can be better supported. Some students have anxiety about NAPLAN and we work hard to reassure them that it is just another source of information, like our own OARS testing, that helps identify strengths, and areas for more attention. Year 9 students have an opportunity to prequalify for the 2020 HSC by achieving benchmark literacy and numeracy standards in this year’s NAPLAN tests. Students and parents have been informed of this. Here is a link to the HSC Minimum Standards Document. Again, this is an opportunity, and a reason to give your best. while remembering that multiple opportunities will be given to reach the standards prior to 2020.
- “All Shook Up’ commences at the Civic Theatre on May 18, with a matinee performance for primary schools and the first 7:30pm evening performance. Please get in early to purchase tickets and support the production. The whole process from audition to public performance of a Kildare Musical remains one of the most efficient and inspiring team efforts I have encountered: attendance will be well-rewarded.
- Recent staff professional learning has continued to focus on effective lessons. We are now working specifically on improving feedback, probably the most significant variable determining the effectiveness of a lesson or teaching cycle. Marking, grading, ranking and similar processes are the least effective forms of feedback and I am continuing to ask teachers to do less of this type of work. Here is what we will focus on to make classroom more feedback-friendly.
- Our Coaching sessions get better and better as the weeks progress. A walk around the College reveals students making excellent use of both time and support. Self-regulated students are straight into the most important work while other students are being supported to develop these skills or being assisted with subject or process-related skills. We are now taking teams of teachers for walks around the College to see the great work that is happening.
- Thanks in anticipation of on-going support for the various sporting events of the season. Currie Cup, Carroll Cup and Tracey Gunsen Shield are big items now: all the best to teams and coaches.
Welcome to Callum Potts and Sally Jamieson who have joined us for the remainder of the year. Callum replaces Lindsay Loke for her maternity leave and Sally replaces Shane Fuller while he is on secondment.
I am away for five weeks from the end of next week. Two weeks is a study tour of Australian Catholic school system leaders and principals to USA and Canada and three weeks is Long Service Leave. Thanks to Simon and the leadership team for the extra work during this time.
All the best for this time. Please remember to give positive messages about students working to improve their learning and working to have that improvement reflected in the 2017 Semester 1 Report.