Dear Parents, Caregivers and Students,
A warm welcome back to term 2! I have had a great first week, here at St Francis. It has been a delight to meet and spend time with the children, getting to know them, and the school staff have been very welcoming and supportive. I feel blessed to be a part of this wonderful community and I am excited about building on our successes together, into the future.
Tri-skills commences next week. This is an excellent all round Physical Education program involving Dance, Gymnastics and Tabloid sports. It is a great addition to the Physical Education curriculum, and I am sure the children will very much enjoy the experience! My thanks to James Daley for coordinating these activities.
NAPLAN national testing will take place during weeks 3 and 4 this term. NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy.
It is important to remember that NAPLAN is not about passing or failing, but about assessing learning progress. Children have been preparing for the tests through engagement in the curriculum process, as well as familiarising themselves with the form and structure of the tests.
After the test regime interruption in 2020 due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the tests will recommence this year in the online format many schools engaged with during 2019.
My thanks to Nives Kresevic and all the year 3 and 5 teachers for their diligence in preparing for the NAPLAN tests.
We hope to have the results of the assessments during term 3, which will allow us to reflect on and respond to the results to ensure the continued learning progress of the children.
During the holiday break, Australians paused on ANZAC Day to remember all those courageous men and women who gave their lives in the service of our nation.
My thanks and congratulations to Audrey Fisher and Zane Bowbridge who represented St Francis at the Hilton RSL Dawn service.
I am very much looking forward to meeting you all as the term progresses!