Dear Parents and Carers,
On Monday the annual student NAPLAN parent reports for students in Years 3 and 5 were sent home. The report contains student results for numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation on an achievement scale. The results provide parents and educators with a snapshot of how students are progressing – individually, as part of their school community, and against national standards over time. Of course, your child’s teacher knows your child’s learning best and the NAPLAN results need to be interpreted in light of classroom monitoring and assessment, teacher feedback, school reports and Personal Plans. The NAPLAN information adds to your child’s school-based comprehensive learning profile.
St Thomas More’s school staff also review the NAPLAN results from an individual and whole school perspective. This work helps us monitor our teaching, evaluate learning outcomes, set school-wide goals, evaluate curriculum and improve the accuracy of our individual analysis of student learning data.
While NAPLAN has its benefits, there can also be some angst attached to the process. I think the most important element; however, is “student growth”. The first thing I do when checking our school’s NAPLAN data is to chart individual student growth. This information is what we celebrate and promote the most.
Catholic Education will again support families who have been financially impacted as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Term 3. The position of Catholic Education is that no child will be denied a Catholic education because of financial circumstances.
Where your family is experiencing financial stress due to job loss, being stood down, reduction in work hours, business downturn or closure resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, full or partial fee relief is available for Term 3. To apply for fee relief, please contact me or Julie Ogden in the front office.
A letter regarding the Term 4 Remote Learning arrangements was sent home yesterday. Please advise if you did not receive it. There could be some changes to the junior school (K-2) model; we will communicate this once we clarify a few things.
We miss the students terribly – their joyful nature, their stories, their energy and their humour. We look forward to the day we can have them all back on site.
Enjoy the holiday break.