Dear Parents

School/Parish Mass

As a show of our support and participation as members of the Willetton Parish, the children in Year 4 through to Year 6, along with their families, are asked to make a special effort to attend the 6.30pm Vigil Mass at Ss John & Paul Church this Saturday evening. Without having the church onsite at school, extra effort and commitment is required to ensure the connection with the parish continues to grow and develop. This is an opportunity for families to demonstrate their involvement with the Willetton Parish. Nothing more than participation in the Mass is being asked of families. Year 6 families, this Mass coincides as your Commitment Mass for participation in the parish sacramental program and preparation for Confirmation.

Data Collection (Pre-primary)

Every three years across Australia, data is collected across a number of areas of development for children, including physical health and well-being; social competence; emotional maturity; language and cognitive skills; and communication skills and general knowledge. In essence, it is a snapshot of young children's development over time and as it is based on teacher observation, requires no further input from parents, or from children (they are not tested and in fact not even required to be present for the data to be inputted). From a school perspective we will assume that permission for your child's data (anonymous) be put into the survey unless you specifically indicate that you do not want your child to participate (this can be directly to the teacher but needs to be in writing and in very near future as the information is to be uploaded next week). A good website PP parents may find beneficial is located here.

Lapathon 2015

This will take place on Friday after Assembly. Thanks in anticipation for your assistance in supporting the P&F with their fundraising efforts.

Inter-school Basketball

Congratulations to those Year 5 and 6 students who represented the school at this week's inter-school basketball competition. Our girls, finished in equal second place, winning five games and losing one (by a single point to the school that eventually took out the title), whilst our boys were one and five, but competitive throughout all games. Thank you to two of our school parents, Kylie Coten (boys team) and Lars Osterberg (girls) for coaching throughout the day. Thank you to the number of parents who came along in support and to Mr Chatt for his work before and on the day itself.

NAPLAN

My thanks to the staff, students and parents associated with Year 3 and Year 5 on the way that they conducted themselves throughout the NAPLAN assessments last week. These national tests have been in place since 2008 across all Australian jurisdictions. They are made up of tests in the four areas of reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation), and numeracy. Preparation for these tests takes place in the context of the classroom programme already in existence for that year level, these programmes based on that outlined and prescribed by the Catholic Education and both State and Federal Governments.

Pupil- Free Days

A reminder that there are two pupil-free days coming up in the near future for students. Monday 1 June (Western Australia Day) is a public holiday. The following day is also a pupil-free day as staff have a personal faith development day. Out of School Hours Centre is closed for both of these days.

Assembly

This week's assembly is with honour certificates for middle and upper primary year levels and with sharing of class events from the same grades. As usual, parents you are most welcome to attend.