Dear Parents

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data - Information for Parent/Carers

All Australian governments have agreed to implement a new annual national data collection on school students with disability. This data collection process is being phased in over a three-year period in 2013-2015. This year Orana Catholic Primary School has been selected. From 2015, this data collection will occur in every school every year.

It is a requirement for us as a school to contribute to this collection so as to assist Governments and Catholic Education to make better policies and to understand the level of resources needed in schools to meet the needs of all our students.

On our school website there is a copy of the Information flyer for parents/carers. I would encourage all parents to read the information there as well as more information about the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data for School Students with Disability that can be found at www.deewr.gov.au/students-disability.

The term disability for the purposes of this data collection is quite varied. It includes individuals needing assistance including those of the following nature:

  • Medical - e.g. diabetes, anaphylaxis, epilepsy etc.

  • Learning - e.g. significant speech delay, dyslexia, ADHD

  • Physical - e.g. Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy

  • Sensory - e.g. significant hearing and/or vision impairment

The identifying data will be collected at the school and Catholic Education Office level only with no individual student identified at the national level of reporting of data.

If you DO NOT want your child/ren to be included please go the school website, print off this form and send the reply slip back to the school office by Friday 16th May.

Uploading Images of Student Performances

This is a difficult one to manage and to balance. There are many parents here that do not want images of their children (when performing as a class at school) uploaded on to social media sites. When you are recording your child in a public performance please do so by maintaining the focus on them (for sharing later privately with family) and in context that school does not permit sharing of such performances on sites such as Facebook.

NAPLAN

The National Assessment Program-Literacy and Numeracy is an assessment of literacy and numeracy undertaken annually by all Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students throughout Australia since 2008. It is but one of a number of ways that school use to collect data and should be viewed in this context. It is not, as some would suggest, a tool for selection into secondary schools or for streaming of students. We prepare our students as we see fit and in a way that serves well beyond NAPLAN. The reality is that these tests are a reference for assessing overall school, state and national performance only as opposed to the focus too much on the individual. It is simply not possible to gain sufficient, robust information based on a small set of generic tests given two years apart, more so when we create environments similar to testing environments of that of a secondary school examination setting. The best advice I can give to parents when it comes to supporting their children during this time - good rest and good routines during next week and lots of encouragement to "do one's best". Placing undue pressure or emphasis will only result in unnecessarily raising levels of anxiety. Education and learning is life-long, and with good teaching and good programmes in place, a child will be assisted to achieve closer to their potential.

Sacramental Programme (1)

Parents of children preparing to receive the sacrament of Eucharist (First Holy Communion) are to attend, with their child, one of two workshops tomorrow evening at the John Paul Church Hall. The first workshop commences at 5.30pm followed by a later 7.00pm workshop.

Sacramental Programme (2)

Families with a child preparing for the Sacrament of confirmation are expected to attend one of three commitment Masses for this sacrament this weekend at the Church. During the 6.30pm Saturday Vigil Mass and again at the 9.00am and 10.30am Sunday Masses there will be an opportunity for the families to make their commitment to supporting their child in the lead up to receiving the Sacrament.

Whole School Mass

The whole school Mass that was previously advertised as being on Tuesday 13 May will now be on Tuesday 20 May. The Mass, for all students from PP- 6 will be held in our school hall commencing at 11.00am. All parents and parishioners are most welcome to attend.

Assembly

This Friday is a whole school assembly with honour certificates for students in the junior classes. All parents are welcome to attend.

Happy Mother's Day

To all our Mothers within the school community, wishing you all a very happy and restful Mother's Day this Sunday.

David Barns

Principal