Belated Welcome back
I welcome everyone back to Term 3 and trust that you have had a good break. If you have not had the chance to access your child’s semester report, I suggest you do that as a priority.
Road Safety and ‘Respect The Congestion’
It is always timely to remind students and families that Wellington is like a not-so-little village of over 2000 people – comprising students, teachers and members of the parent community. At peak times of the day, there may be lots of people in relatively confined spaces. Before school and at the end of the day I ask all members of our community to take special care to ensure that we all stay safe and healthy. This includes getting dropped off or picked up in cars, catching the bus to and from school or crossing Police Road at the lights or in other side streets around the school. ‘Respect the congestion’ (and the rights of others), be careful and above all – stay safe.
NAPLAN 2023 – Changes To NAPLAN Reporting
We sent a newsfeed out a couple of week ago about the new NAPLAN – below is an updated version for those who may have missed it. Families will receive their NAPLAN results by mail in the next couple of weeks. So, please make sure your contact details are up to date. For any changes, contact the General Office on 9547 6822.
The NAPLAN results for 2023 were released to schools on Monday, July 17. I am writing to inform you of some changes to this year’s reporting. These are changes being introduced nationally by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).
NAPLAN will continue to measure student achievement in numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, and grammar and punctuation but the results will now be presented in four proficiency levels. These are:
· Exceeding: (the student’s result exceeds expectations at the time of testing)
· Strong: (the student’s result meets challenging but reasonable expectations at the time of testing)
· Developing: (the student’s result indicates that they are working towards expectations at the time of testing)
· Needs additional support: (the student’s result indicates that they are not achieving the learning outcomes at the time of testing. They are likely to need additional support to progress satisfactorily).
These changes will give schools, parents and carers clearer information that details student achievement against new proficiency levels.
Students’ NAPLAN reports will continue to show how they are tracking against their peers and provide an indication of their skill levels against national averages and where we would expect them to be in order to get the most out of schooling. This provides valuable information to teachers about how we can continue to support your child’s learning and academic growth.
While each set of NAPLAN results is an important milestone, it is also important that students understand that one result does not define them – these results are about making sure every student gets the support they need so they can continue to get the best from their learning. When we provide you with your results, you will also receive more detailed information about what the new proficiency levels mean.
In terms of Wellington performance, initial results are very positive. As yet, we do not have state-wide comparisons, however we are way ahead of similar schools and highly competitive within our Network.
|Year 7 – % in top 2 Bands – Exceeding or Strong
|Grammar & Punctuation
|Year 9 – % in top 2 Bands – Exceeding or Strong
|Grammar & Punctuation
Staff Professional Learning
Friday August 11 will be our third whole of staff Professional Learning Day for the year (the first two days of the year were the first two). We will be engaging in a number of externally and internally driven activities that support our provision of FISO 2.0. Students will not be required to attend on this day as all classes will be cancelled.
Event Planning 2023
We continue to return to normality in the post-COVID world. The following events can be locked into your diaries:
- School Production: Wednesday August 30 – Saturday September 2
- 3 Way Conferences: Wednesday September 13
- Year 12 Valedictory Dinner: Thursday October 12
- Awards Night at Robert Blackwood Hall: Tuesday November 21
More details will emerge as we move through Term 3 and 4.
DET Surveys – Attitudes to School, Parent Opinion, Staff Opinion
We finalised our Attitudes To School Survey with our student cohort at the end of Term 2 and the Staff Opinion Survey has just been completed. The Parent Surveys will become “live” soon and if you are selected, I urge you to complete it. These surveys provide significant information to assist us in planning for the next year.