Dear Parents

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 around completing the tests. Parents you will receive the results of these tests some time during 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 this Friday in free dress (no donation required).

On the subject of NAPLAN and the standardized testing used across Australia, the following article presents a brief argument as to what else is needed in schools today in order to meet the needs of the modern learner. Mark Brumley is an educational technology leader, presenter and professional development facilitator whose focus is on creating learning experiences that enhance the education experiences for 21st Century learners. In advance I apologize for one word in the article some parents might find offensive. The article can be located at the following website.

School Camp

Today the Year 6 students, along with Mrs McKay, Mrs Packer, Miss Whyte, Mr Hofmeester (Thursday and Friday) and a number of parents from Year 6 left to go on the annual School Camp held at the Ern Halliday campsite in Hillarys. The Camp is a highlight for the Year 6's and one that hopefully has many good memories well beyond the end of this current school year. We wish all a safe and enjoyable experience.

Basketball Carnival

Students from Years 5 and 6 will be representing the school in Basketball next Tuesday in a whole day lightning carnival to be held at the Cockburn Recreation Centre.

Lapathon 2015

Our lapathon will take place after Assembly on Friday 22 May. I encourage your support of this P&F event. Please assist your children to find sponsors within their family and friendship groups.

School/Parish Mass

The Parish of Ss John Paul and Orana Catholic Primary School will combine to have a school community Mass as the Vigil Mass on Saturday 22 May (6.30pm). This will be the first of two school-led Masses and we ask that children in the middle and upper primary years make a special effort to attend this Mass in support of both the school and the Parish. The Mass is also the Commitment Mass for Year 6 students and their families as part of their Confirmation programme.

Prayer Focus Area

The School Board is seeking input from the community for input into establishing a religious focus area within the school grounds. Interested parents and community members are invited to submit their ideas for this that will be taken back to the Board for consideration. For the purposes of consistency, it is requested that the format for each proposal be the same using the following headings:

  • Proposal Heading: (e.g. Harmony Garden; Grotto)

  • Rationale: (Why is this of importance; how does it fit into the school ethos, culture and beliefs)

  • Description of what is being proposed (include suggested location/s within the school; links to the past, present and future of Orana Catholic Primary School; possible usage; what maintenance and care is envisaged; specific requirements needed - lighting, water, security)

  • Suggested Cost and how the Project might be funded.

  • Any additional information you feel is relevant.

All submissions will be considered by representatives of the School Board and the wider community. The closing date for submissions is Friday 5 June 2015. Please submit these to the Front Office addressed as Prayer Focus Area.

Assembly

Our Year 5 students will be leading this week's assembly. Honour Certificates and year level news from the junior classes. All parents are most welcome to attend.