A message from our Principal:
Dear Parents, Staff and Students
Last Friday we held our annual Grandparents Day. We celebrated this day at St Therese’s to give thanks to all those grandparents who give so much of their time, love and support to the children. Over five hundred grandparents came to join in the celebration. My thanks to all the Kinder to Year 2 staff for their great work in organising the day. Also to the children for their beautiful smiles and the great joy they showed welcoming their Grandparents.
Over the weekend, the kinder teachers along with some fifteen parents worked on stage 2 of the children’s play garden. My thanks to all concerned for doing such a great job, the children will really enjoy the opportunity to play in this beautiful area.
Sickness in School
We are experiencing a high level of sickness in our school at the moment and I would strongly request parents to keep their children at home if they are unwell. The spread of germs has extended to our staff to the extent that it is almost impossible to bring in Casual staff to cover our own staff.
Religious Literacy Test
Last week we received our results from the year 6 Religious Literacy Test where we scored 31 High Distinctions, 25 Distinctions, 23 Credits and 5 Participations. We had two students who scored 100% in the test. Congratulations to Sophia and Samuel from Year 6. These results were outstanding and my congratulations go to the children and staff of year 6. Our overall average score was 34.1 in comparison to other school score of 26.5.
The Naplan results were sent home last week and I have now had an opportunity to look at the overall results. The Naplan Test is designed as a diagnostic test for the students, and as I have said many times, it was never designed to rank schools. It is a snap shot in time of the children but it does give the school an opportunity to look at trends as well as individual growth.
This year’s results show that St Therese’s is going extremely well in Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar & Punctuation and Numeracy. We have shown very good growth in all areas with the exception of Grammar& Punctuation where we dipped. As a school, we will look closely at why this has happened. Overall as a school, we are above the state average in all areas tested. The excellent result are directly related to the concerted effort by the school in addressing the needs of the students in these areas as well as focusing on critical and creative thinking and wellbeing. The programmes that we have implemented over the past few years are now paying off for the children.
This year for the first time we are able to see how our children who have gone to St Pius went in the Naplan. Their growth is a result of the teaching and learning that has taken place at St Therese’s. The results assist us as a school to focus our attention on bettering the programs for our senior students.
The below results demonstrate our high achievement in comparison to the state. I look forward to the time when we actually test thinking rather than just memory.
School Yr 3 State Yr 3 School Yr 5 State Yr 5 School Yr 7 State Yr 7
Reading 64% 51% 51% 40% 34% 31%
Writing 75% 53% 22% 18% 39% 21%
Spelling 61% 53% 35% 38% 38% 41%
Grammar/Punctuation 75% 62% 38% 36% 29% 30%
Numeracy 57% 43% 33% 33% 50% 35%
I take this opportunity to notify you of our In service Day set down for 4 September which will be a PUPIL FREE DAY. For any parents who would like to take advantage of the OOSH programme at St Therese’s you can contact Kylie on 0402 165 617.
Events for your diary..
25 August Community Day
25 August Stage 2 Mass
28Aug-15 Sept Parent/Teacher Interviews
29 August Netball Gala
30 August Yr 6 sports day St Pius X
31 August Father's Day Stall
1 September Fathers’ Day Breakfast
4 September Staff In-service PUPIL FREE
4-8 September STEM Week
5 September Netball Gala Day
8 September Polding Athletics Carnival
11 September Water Safety Talks
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