NAPLAN testing occurs on the 15th, 16th, and 17th of May and includes all students in Year 3, 5, 7 and 9. There have been a lot of news stories in the media related to the whole topic of NAPLAN and it is important that we carefully consider the facts from the opinions. As a College, all our students in Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 are expected to complete each test. We do not recommend that any child is withdrawn and, for students who are absent, make-up tests are offered for those who return by Friday, 18th. Tests are conducted in the areas of Numeracy, Reading, Writing and Language Conventions. It is important to remember that the NAPLAN results form one part of a range of assessments tools that we use to gain an accurate picture of your child’s progress.
If you would like to know more about how to best support your child, you can find further resources at: https://www.nap.edu.au/naplan/parent-carer-support/preparing-for-naplan
Head of Learning and Teaching
Raelyn, Yejin, Rachael and Emilie created this live painting during the Easter Service, at the end of Term 1. The image depicts the redemptive act of Jesus saving a repentant criminal, as they both hung on the cross.
Head of Creative Arts and Art Teacher
Our Extra-Curricular activities have begun again as Term 2 gets into full swing!
Soccer continues to be a very popular activity and the Year 5 and 6 students are enjoying trying their skills in the world game. Stay tuned for some photos of the students in action in the coming newsletters.
Eco Club Captains met for a “Chat and Chew” and learnt how to recycle lots of “soft plastic” using the Red Cycle Recycling Program. The captains will be designing a poster to display in classrooms at their meeting, next week. We are thankful for the Year 6 students who diligently collect the Red Cycle plastics each week and for Mrs Weldon who collects the big bag to deliver to recycling depots.
This photo shows four Prep boys having a wonderful time hunting for bugs in the Junior Yard as part of Tuesday lunchtime’s Bug Club with Mrs Jones.
We are blessed to share in lots of fun activities, both inside and outside the classrooms!
Extra-Curricular Activities Coordinator
Soccer Club Update
The St Andrews Soccer Club kicked off in Term 2 on Tuesday May 1 with Year 5 and 6 students invited to play this term! Please complete the Care Monkey Form to register and come along to the gym at 3:30pm on Tuesday with your shin pads, drink bottle and you can wear your favourite Soccer shirt! Parents please pick up your child at 4:30pm from the gym or MPH.
The Soccer League for selected Years 3 to 8 students kicked off on Thursday May 3 at 4:30pm at Regional Football Centre along High Street Road. Anyone else wanting to get into a Soccer team should check the PE notice board and see Mr Farmer ASAP to get a registration form.
The Soccer World Cup is only six weeks away and begins on June 14 and the first Socceroo game is on June 16 with Australia playing France in Russia. We are going to hold a school charity event around the World Cup so watch this space and the PE noticeboard for more details to follow. Soccer is the “World Game” and for a month we should see the best players in the World playing Soccer in Russia.
We will be playing Soccer in the Girls inter School Sports teams for Years 7 – 10 whilst some of the younger students from Years 4-6 will be involved in the Wantirna District Cross Country event on Friday May 18 at Knox athletics Track. There is also a primary running club on Wednesdays and a secondary running club on Fridays so keep watching this space for many more ideas of how to keep active and fit and enjoy your fitness! God Bless !
New House Banners
At the beginning of the year we have seen the introduction of our fabulous house sports shirts. As we continue to roll out our wonderful new house crests, this week new house banners went up in the MPH. This term the Middle School will be hosting our first non sport house event for the year. This will be a fun event aimed at building our house community so stay tuned for more house news throughout 2018.