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MID-YEAR REPORTS 

I have enjoyed reading each child’s report this week, prior to them being made available in SEQTA Engage on Friday 30 June. I congratulate our students on their achievements so far this year. It has been pleasing to read about student achievements, CORE in action and future goals. I thank our dedicated teachers for the time and consideration that has gone into preparing our Mid-Year Reports. Please see Mrs Russell’s News for further information regarding this. 

PARENTS & FRIENDS MEETING 

Thank you to those who attended our Parents & Friends (P & F) meeting this morning. During the meeting, the P & F accepted Mrs Tina Francis’ nomination to join the P & F Committee as Deputy Chair. P & F Committees should have people in the office bearer roles of Chair, Deputy Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. We were not able to fill the Deputy Chair position at our Annual Community Meeting last year. On behalf of the P & F, I thank Tina for her interest in joining the Committee in this position. Tina will provide support to Tash McCarthy (P & F Chair) and the group. I note our P & F team below, for your information: 

Chair – Tash McCarthy 

Deputy Chair – Tina Francis  

Treasurer – Ryan Rawlins 

Secretary – Kara Auricht 

General Members – Stephanie Gilmour, Michelle Atkins, Rachel Rawlins 

The Classroom Representative initiative was also discussed during the meeting. Please see the P & F section of this newsletter for more information about this exciting development. The P & F also gave their support to the purchase of new reading resources. I will soon be working with Mrs Laura Connolly (Year Two Teacher, Literacy Leader) and Mrs Lorna Russell (Assistant Principal) to purchase these resources. A big thank you to our P & F for their support. 

FRONT PAGE NEWS!

Today’s Esperance Weekender features a story about Auslan at OLSOTS – on the front page! It has been fantastic introducing Auslan this year, as our Languages subject.

Mrs Russell's News

UNDERSTANDING YOUR CHILD’S REPORT 

Parents will receive two formal academic reports this year – a Mid-Year Report at the end of Term Two and an End of Year Report at the end of Term Four. 

MID-YEAR REPORT  

This report provides parents with an indication of how their child is progressing in relation to the end of year Achievement Standard for each learning area for their year level. The grade provided is  based on the curriculum which has been taught and assessed to that point in time.  

END OF YEAR REPORT  

This report provides parents with an overview of how their child has progressed, across the entire year, in relation to the end of year Achievement Standard for each learning area for their year level. The grade provided is based on the curriculum which has been taught and assessed across the entire year, not just Semester Two.  

Understanding the Grading System: Pre-Primary 

 ACHIEVEMENT DESCRIPTORS  

The student demonstrates excellent achievement of what is expected for this year level.  

The student demonstrates high achievement of what is expected for this year level. 

 The student demonstrates satisfactory achievement of what is expected for this year level. 

 The student demonstrates limited achievement of what is expected for this year level. 

 The student demonstrates very low achievement of what is expected for this year level.  

The descriptors summarise the standard (or quality) of achievement associated with each level. The scale describes the depth of knowledge and understanding and the range of skills that students typically show.  

Maintaining a level in a learning area from one semester to the next is an indication of positive achievement and expected development. 

A child who is on an Individual Education Plan will have progress reported against learning outcomes outlined in the Individual Education Plan. 

Understanding the Grading System: Years 1 – 6 

GRADE DESCRIPTION  

A The student demonstrates excellent achievement of what is expected for this year level. 

B The student demonstrates high achievement of what is expected for this year level. 

C The student demonstrates satisfactory achievement of what is expected for this year level. 

D The student demonstrates limited achievement of what is expected for this year level.  

E The student demonstrates very low achievement of what is expected for this year level.  

The A – E grade scale summarises the standard of achievement associated with each learning area. The scale describes the depth of knowledge, understandings and skills that children working at that standard typically show. If your child receives a ‘C’ grade, they are achieving at the required level for their year. 

 Maintaining a grade in a learning area from one semester to the next is an indication of positive achievement and expected development.  

A child who is on an Individual Education Plan will have progress reported against learning outcomes outlined in the Individual Education Plan – not using A-E grades. 

Is a ‘C’ grade good? 

Yes, you should celebrate C grades as this indicates that your child has progressed to the desired level of understanding for his/her year level. 

 Is a ‘C’ grade just a pass like when I was at school 

No, a C grade today, is the expected Achievement Standard for each year level and each learning area.  

Does an ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade mean my child is working a year or two above their current grade? 

No, an ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade means that your child is responding to the content taught to a deeper level. They may be thinking more critically about the content, which is a wonderful skill to demonstrate.  

How are final grades determined?  

Teachers collect numerous samples of work and assessments to determine the final grade. The grade is determined with the use of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority’s (SCSA) Judging Standards. For more information on this go to https://parent.scsa.wa.edu.au/ 

We hope this information assists you to understand the reporting process at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask your child’s teacher. 

SEQTA Engage Reports: Parents new to our school will receive a welcome email inviting you to create a login to SEQTA Engage – please note you have one week to action this email Once you have created your login and password you will have access to SEQTA Engage.  On Friday 30 June the school reports will be available for you to view and download through SEQTA Engage, there will be no paper copies of reports. Please ensure you have followed the steps to login to your SEQTA account or you will be unable to view your child’s report.   

NATIONALLY CONSISTENT COLLECTION OF DATA ON SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH DISABILITY

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (the national data collection) is an annual collection that counts the number of school students receiving an adjustment due to disability and the level of adjustment they are receiving to access education on the same basis as other students.  For more information regarding the NCCD data follow the link below  

FACT SHEET FOR PARENTS, GUARDIANS AND CARERS 

Pre-Kindy

In Pre-Kindergarten we have been learning how to rhyme. We have been reading the story When Goldilocks went to the House of the Bears. We had a wonderful time taking turns to act out this rhyming story.

Kindy

In Kindergarten Number Talks we have been having a lot of fun learning how to make patterns with all types of objects and materials. We have also been learning to make patterns with movement and sound.

Pre-Primary

Pre-Primary students have been learning about the importance of our names and how they became our own. During a craft activity creating a surprise message name display where we used white oil pastels and food dye, the question of ‘how does that work?’ lead us into a science experiment to find out why. We observed how water and oil don’t mix and linked it back to our craft. Comparing the different textures of each agent was another fun part when investigating the liquids. Some quotes from the experiment were “oil feels so soft and slimy”, “the water feels like air compared to the oil” and “why is the oil so thick?”

Year One

In Religion, we have been learning about groups we belong to. We have explored the different clubs and teams we are a part of and the similar interests we share. We spoke about how we are all members of our class group and discussed some of the things we do together as a class. We then wrote these down and made a book all about our class. We loved being authors and illustrators and cannot wait to read our new book to our friends and family!

Year Two

We all belong in Year 2!

We have been discussing the importance of belonging and how to make sure everyone feels included in our Year 2 group. It was fun finding out unique and interesting facts about our classmates.

Year Three & Four

This term we have been learning about different community groups as part of our Civics and Citizenships unit. Students have been working in groups to create a brand new community group that would be suitable to add to our school community here at OLSOTS. Students have created many interesting ideas, ranging from Drawing Club, Gardening Club, Chicken Run Club, Coding Club and Cooking Club. This week groups presented their proposals to the class before we will be taking a vote to see which group may progress to the next stage of planning. Stay tuned to see if one of our new community groups pops up in our OLSOTS community in the future!

Year Five

In Year 5 this term we have looked at trial and error when designing and creating new ideas. To understand this process, we worked with newspaper to fully utilise our vision and support various amounts of weight. Check out some of our final designs!

Year Six

This term the Year Sixes have been using the book Boy Overboard by Morris Gleitzman for book study. This book covers some big topics such as war, survival, conflict, power and family. One of the culminating activities was for the Year Sixes to create a book report, summarising and reviewing the book.

Environmental Ministry: Waste Free at OLSOTS

P & F News

The winter winds have certainly set in, and as we head into Week 9, I’m sure a lot of us are dreaming of sunnier climates. Our P & F team met this morning to discuss the outcomes of our CSPWA visit earlier in the term.
We will be introducing a new system from next term to support our P & F and school community. Class Representatives are parents who help share information from the classroom, P & F and school leadership, as well as provide a clear avenue for parents to have their perspectives heard, regardless of their attendance at P & F meetings. We are calling for nominations for Class Reps for each of the classes within the school, and are happy for multiple parents to put their names down & share the responsibilities.
The role may include, but is not limited to:
– Welcoming new parents to the school
– Inviting parents to support & attend school functions and activities
– Communicate regularly with P & F Office Bearers, and attend meetings where possible
– Organise class communication lists (e.g. email addresses & phone numbers for group messages)
If you are interested in becoming a Class Rep, please let us know via email olsotspnf@gmail.com and include your name, phone number and the class you would like to represent. It’s a great stepping stone into joining our Committee, and contributing to our school.
The next P & F Meeting will be on Friday 28 July at 9:30 am in the Science Lab. We look forward to hearing from you and building an even stronger OLSOTS community!
Tash McCarthy
P & F Chair

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