Thursday, 3 May 2018

Term 1 Week 11 2018

Dear Parents and Friends,

This very busy, full and successful term concludes today and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the support you have brought to St Mary’s School. Staff and parents, together, have ensured that the students have been well engaged with the learning process and that the outcomes achieved have been most positive.

I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the students better this term through the many events and activities that have occurred and by experiencing the classes in action in our wonderful new learning spaces. I have come to admire the students’ delight in engagement, determination to learn and positive disposition.

We are grateful for the tremendous support we have enjoyed this term from the school community of parents. There are so many invaluable ways in which parents have stepped up to assist from the organisation of the Meet and Greet, providing hospitality on Grandparents Day, assisting with the Cross Country and the Opening School Masses. We look forward to working with you next term.

Staffing Update
I would like to announce to the parents and students that Mrs Julie Hunt will be taking Study and Long Service Leave for the entirety of Term 2. This opportunity will allow Julie time for professional reading and reflection and time to travel as a family. It is with great confidence and knowledge of capacity that I announce that Mr Sean White will take on Julie’s role as Assistant Principal during her absence and Mrs Jilly Vandeventer to teach her Year 3 class on Thursdays and Fridays. We wish Julie every success for a wonderful term ahead.

Letter from the Executive Director
Dr Dan White has an update for the community on the proposed North Sydney Pre K - 12 co-educational Precinct.  Please find this information in the newsletter.

NAPLAN testing
The students in Years 3 and 5 will undertake the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy to assess the literacy and numeracy learning of students in all Australian schools. The results of the tests will provide information to the School about what each student can do, and will be used to support teaching and learning programs. Parents will receive a report indicating their child’s level of achievement at the end of Term 3. Each student’s level of achievement will be reported against the national minimum standard.

The tests will be conducted on the following days:
Tuesday 15 May: Language conventions (including spelling, grammar and punctuation) and writing tests.
Wednesday 16 May: Reading test
Thursday 17 May: Numeracy test (including number, algebra, function and pattern, measurement, chance and data and space)

Time has been given in Year 3, and 5 classes to ensure that the students are well prepared for the style and content of these tests. Therefore it is our recommendation that the best preparation for the students is a good night’s sleep and a healthy and sustaining breakfast on the mornings of the tests.

May I wish all families a happy and safe holiday with quality time for rest and relaxation.

Best wishes and God bless,