Dear Nativity Community,
As we approach the end of the semester, students have been completing units of learning in all curriculum areas. Teachers have finalised student assessments for Semester 1 which has allowed them to produce student reports which will come home next week.
This year our Student Achievement Reports will look different to previous years as we, and all other South Australian Catholic Primary Schools, transition to reporting via the SEQTA Platform. This CESA initiative will ensure that reporting practices across all Catholic primary schools is consistent. Our staff have been working hard to learn how to use the new system and utilise the assessment and reporting components of the program. It is important to remember that these mid-year reports are intended not only to report on the achievement to date, but also to provide an indication of how your child is progressing in every aspect of their learning. There will be more information about the new reporting format will come when reports are sent home this week.
Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD)
Our school is participating in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with a Disability (NCCD Data Collection). This Data Collection is taking place in Catholic, Government, and Independent schools across Australia, and will provide valuable information about support required for a broad group of students. This will enable Australian and State governments to better target school support and resources and will also help the school to give our students the support they need.
The definition of disability for the NCCD is based on the broad definition under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. The NCCD Data Collection is not limited to students with diagnosed disabilities and includes a broad range of health and learning conditions that our school provides ‘reasonable adjustments’ to support. The NCCD fact sheet for families can be found here.
Premiers Reading Challenge
There are less than 70 days remaining of the Premiers reading Challenge. With the school holidays approaching, this could be an ideal opportunity for your child to read some books. A reminder that children in Year 3-6 wishing to complete the Premiers Reading Challenge and receive a certificate and medal they will need to complete the challenge and return the completed form to their class teacher by the beginning of September. If you need another form they can be found on this website 2023-20-Years-20-Books-Reading-Record-Schools-R-6-A9102607.doc (live.com)
Children’s Book Week
The school holidays might be an ideal time to have a discussion with your child about what Book character they would like to dress up as for Book week. Book Week is a time to celebrate and promote the joy that reading brings to the minds of children. We are looking forward to celebrating Book Week during Week 5 of Term 3 and will celebrate with a Dress up parade. The theme for the CBCA 2023 Book Week is Read Grow Inspire.
Finally, I would like to leave you with a quote from Winnie the Pooh,
“We didn’t realise we were making memories; we just knew we were having fun.”
Enjoy making memories during the school holidays!