Assistant Principal's Newsletter

Endeavour News, NAPLAN, Luchtime Clubs Program, Alumni
Friday 03rd May, 2019.
Assistant Principal.

Endeavour News:

This week in Endeavour, years 7, 8 and 9 have all been putting the finishing touches on their term 1 projects.

The year 7s are finishing off their Endeavour boxes and many of the students have had the opportunity to design and create their box lid using the laser cutter.

The year 8s are finishing off their Endeavour aprons, including attaching a 3D printed logo that they have designed.

The year 9s are filming the final test phase of their Rube-Goldberg machines.

All year levels will be starting their term 2 projects. Years 7 and 8 will be designing and building an entry for the inaugural FGSC Nerdy Derby. The Year 9s will be designing and building an entry for the inaugural FGSC Nerdy Derby.

Endeavour gallery...

NAPLAN:

Information for Parents...

Why do students do NAPLAN tests?

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assesses literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in the annual NAPLAN tests in reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

The tests provide parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests. NAPLAN tests are just one aspect of a school’s assessment and reporting process; they do not replace ongoing assessments made by teachers about student performance.

NAPLAN tests also provide schools, education authorities and governments with information about how education programs are working and whether young Australians are meeting important educational outcomes in literacy and numeracy.

How can I help my child prepare for NAPLAN?

NAPLAN assesses literacy and numeracy skills that students are learning through their regular classroom activities. As such excessive preparation or coaching is not required. You can help your child prepare for NAPLAN by reassuring them that the tests are just one part of their school program, and by reminding them on the day to simply try their best. NAPLAN is not about passing or failing, but about assessing learning progress. See the NAPLAN website for examples of the test.

Participation in NAPLAN

All students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are expected to participate in the annual NAPLAN tests.

If your child regularly utilises adjustments in their classroom, it may be possible for these to be used. Where applicable you are encouraged to discuss the use of disability adjustments for your child with your child’s teacher.

A formal exemption may be granted for a student with significant intellectual disability and/or significant coexisting conditions, or for a student who has recently arrived in Australia and has a non-English speaking background. Your school can give you more information on disability adjustments or the process required to gain a formal exemption.

Will my child sit NAPLAN on paper or online?

Children in some schools across Australia will sit the NAPLAN tests online this year. Federal, state and territory education ministers have agreed that NAPLAN will move online over the next two to three years. State and territory education authorities will determine when their schools move online. NAPLAN Online uses an adaptive test design, which presents questions that better match student achievement levels and provide more precise results for teachers and schools.

Unless you receive specific advice from your school, your child will be sitting the NAPLAN tests in paper in 2019.

To find out more about NAPLAN Online, visit www.nap.edu.au/online-assessment

What if my child is absent from school on test days?

Where possible, schools are encouraged to arrange for individual students who are absent at the time of testing to complete missed tests at another time during the testing week. The 2018 test timetable can be found on the NAPLAN Test Timetable page. Individual students are not permitted to sit tests after Friday 17 May 2019.

Please note the facilitation of catch up test for individual student are up to schools’ discretion.

How is my child's performance measured?

A NAPLAN report will be issued by your school in term 3. If you do not receive a report, you should contact your school.

Individual student performance is shown on a national achievement scale for each test.

How are NAPLAN test results used?

Students and parents may use individual results to discuss progress with teachers. Teachers use results to help them better identify students who require greater challenges or additional support. Schools use results to identify strengths and weaknesses in teaching programs and to set goals in literacy and numeracy. School systems use results to review programs and support offered to schools.

The community can see school NAPLAN results at myschool.edu.au

Where can I get more information?

For more information about NAPLAN, contact your child’s school.

Lunchtime Clubs Program:

The College is very pleased to announce that many more lunch time clubs will be running each week, thanks to the hard work of the Student House Captains and passionate staff.

Clubs are a fantastic way to empower students and increase their connectedness to school. Furthermore, students can pursue their passions and strengthen relationships with peers and staff.

Lunchtime Clubs Roster- Get Involved!

Day

Club

Room

MONDAY

Art Club

A3

Board Games Club

E6

Junior Hip Hop Club

PA1

TUESDAY

Words & Spelling Club

LC6

Book Club (only in Week 2)

LC1,2

Dance Club

PA1

STEM Tinker Club

E5

WEDNESDAY

Fashion Club

H5

Drama Club

PA1

Debating Club

G6

THURSDAY

Art Club

A3

Robotics Club

E4

Board Games Club

E6

Book Club

LC1,2

FRIDAY

Computing Club

C1

Robotics Club

E4

Debating Club

G6

Book Club

LC1,2

Every Morning

Breakfast Club

H1

Everyday

Sport Activities

Alumni News:

Fountain Gate Secondary College is one of nine State Schools chosen in the country to develop an Alumni Program with the support of VASSP and NFP service provider Ourschool (https://ourschool.net.au/). To assist with developing and driving this Program, alumna Jasmine Gonzalez (Class of 2016) is working alongside Elise Dunstan who is the Ourschool Program Manager.

Together, Elise and Jasmine are working together to grow awareness amongst our school community through various means and platforms.

The College has set up a specific Alumni Program email address to help bridge communications between community members and the school. If you are an Alumna (Ex Student) of Fountain Gate Secondary College or previously Eumemmering College, please contact us. We would love to hear from you!

Elise and Jasmine can be contacted via this email: Enable JavaScript to view protected content.

Check out our Alumni website https://www.fountaingatesc.vic.edu.au/about-us/alumni/ or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FountainGateSecondaryAlumni/

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