It is hard believe that it is week 8. The term, to this point has gone extremely quick and as you would be aware has been very busy. With this in mind students and staff are looking forward to a well deserved holiday break as our continuous focus on growth and improvement is challenging work.
As Principal of this wonderful school I always enjoy stepping back and admiring the exceptional teaching and learning that occurs in every learning space.
This is further affirmed by the large number of visits we have from other sites to inquire into our high quality approaches. Over the past 6 weeks we have had 4 schools visit and everyone has commented on how engaged and articulate our students are, the quality of our learning spaces and the high quality teaching and learning happening. Well done LNPS!
Sports Day is scheduled for Thursday 5th November. At this point it will be going ahead. The decision to allow parents and community members will be made in consultation next term with Governing Council, Department of Education and Health SA. Please add this date to your calendar.
School Parent Engagement Survey
Nothing is more important to us than your child’s education. To help us give your child the very best, we would like your honest feedback on a few key topics, including school communication.
Your feedback will help us understand the things we’re doing well, where we can improve, and what’s really important to you as a parent.
Parents can find more information at www.education.sa.gov.au/parentsurvey
The survey closes Friday 25 September and will take no more than 10 minutes. It’s confidential and you can complete it through the following link.
Thank you. We know your time is valuable and we appreciate it.
The situation with COVID is still the same at the current time. We are continuing to strictly follow Department for Education and Health SA Guidelines. We appreciate everyones support in this area to ensure we all keep safe.
Over the last two weeks of term in collaboration with the Department of Education, Health SA and Governing Council we will be looking at what Term 4 may look like if the state continues to head in a positive direction.
This includes Sports Day, end of year celebrations, Graduation etc. Hopefully we will have some positive news in these areas in the near future.
School Closure Dates
The Governing Council has approved the following dates:
- School Closure on Friday 6th November. This is following Sports Day.
- Pupil Free Day on Monday 9th November. This will be the final PFD for 2020. Staff will be focussing on analysis of whole school data, strengthening our approaches to reading and writing, analysing our impact on student learning and planning 2021 targets and actions.
Class Placement 2021
In the first few weeks of Term 4 the process to place students into classes for 2021 will begin.
Classes are formed according to:
- The number of students at each year level
- The Education Department’s recommended teacher to student ratio as per the funding model
- Staff knowledge about students' educational needs
- Information provided by parents that addresses the LNPS Class Placement Guidelines (please see attached)
If parents wish to provide further educational information to support this process, please use the LNPS Class Placement Guidelines. Information or requests that do not meet the criteria outlined in the guidelines will not be taken into consideration.
The Australian Council for Education Research's (ACER) Progressive Achievement Tests (PAT) are an Australian, nationally normed series of tests designed to provide objective, norm-referenced information to teachers about students' skills and understandings.
They are widely used in schools across Australia to monitor progress in key skill areas.
All South Australian students in years 3 to 10 are required to undertake the online PAT Reading comprehension (PAT-R) and Maths (PAT-M) tests annually.
At LNPS students in Years 2-7 will be undertaking the online assessment in Weeks 7 to 10 of this term.
At the centre of each PAT test is a described proficiency scale, providing both quantitative and qualitative data on student performance, making the PAT tests ideal for understanding students’ current strengths and weaknesses, informing teaching and learning, and monitoring progress over time.