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.

NAPLAN

The national literacy and numeracy tests for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 conclude tomorrow. Well done to our Year 3 and 5 students, along with their teachers for their effort and work in completing the tests. Parents you will receive the results of these tests most likely mid term 4 of this school year. As a small reward for all they have done this week, children in Years 3 and 5 are welcome to attend school on Friday in free dress.

4-Year-Old Kindergarten 2016

Interviews have commenced for the 2016 4-Year-Old Kindergarten. If you have a child whose birthdate falls between 1/7/2011 and 30/6/2012 and you have not yet lodged an application please see Mrs Brown at the school office as soon as possible.

Bike Education

As part of the Health Curriculum our Year 6 students commenced a four week Bike Education and Safety Programme today at school. It is important that in this day and age children are suitably educated and trained with the skills and know-how behind how to safely ride their bicycles, both on and off the roads. The students will be learning the basic safety aspects of this here at school and putting into practice what is taught. The children will not be riding on the streets as part of this programme.

Confirmation Workshops

There will be two workshops for those families with a child receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation this year. Parent/s and child/ren will attend either the 5.30pm or 7.00pm workshop tomorrow evening in the Ss John Paul Parish hall as part of their preparation for this Sacramental programme.

Whole School Mass

A whole school Mass (PP-6) will be celebrated in the school hall next Tuesday 20 May commencing at 11.00am. All of our parents and parishioners are most welcome to attend this with the children.

Assembly

There is to be a whole school assembly tomorrow morning with honour certificates for the children in the middle and upper primary year levels.

David Barns

Principal