Principal's Newsletter

Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) Program, 2019 Attitudes to School Survey, Rugby Academy News, NAPLAN, University Pathways Discovery Workshop, Congratulations Made Udayana from 9E
Friday 03rd May, 2019.

Women In STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) Program:

Monash University has advised that our school has been successfully registered to participate in the Women In STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) Program. The student's who have successfully attained a position in this program are;

  • Emma Keeble
  • Paris Hastings
  • Alex Verhagen
  • Jazmyn Norton

These students will attend a workshop on Saturday 11th May 2019 at Monash University. Congratulations and good luck!

2019 Attitudes to School Survey:


We value student voice as a means to improving student engagement, wellbeing and quality instruction and are conducting a survey to find out what your child thinks of our school. The Attitudes to School Survey is an annual student survey offered by the Department of Education and Training to assist schools in gaining an understanding of students' perceptions and experience of school. Our school will use the survey results to plan programs and activities to improve your child's schooling experience.

Students from Years 7 to 12 at our school will participate in the survey. Your child will complete the survey online during school hours using a purpose built secure online survey tool. It is important to note that we are not in any way “testing” your child. Your child has the right to refuse or withdraw from the survey at any point before, during, or after completion of the survey.

Your child will be provided with a unique login to complete the survey. The student login is an assigned identifier that may be used to link data for statistical and research purposes only. All responses to the survey are kept anonymous in the response file. Personal identification data will not be recorded in the survey response file. This ensures that the confidentiality of your child’s responses is protected at all times.

This year the Attitudes to School survey will be conducted at our school over the period Monday 6th May to Friday 31st May. The survey only takes 20 minutes to complete and occurs during your child's class time.

The survey results will be reported back to the school before the end of Term 2. All survey data that is made available in reports are for groups of students only so that no individual student can be identified. Data suppression rules are used for schools with low student numbers per year level.

If you would like more information, please visit:

Rugby Academy News:

Our Open Age Boys fell painfully short to St Kevin’s in the Cup final after winning all games during the day. That can be rugby sometimes, the ball just wasn’t bouncing our way. Our Under 16 boys dominated the day, winning the cup and going undefeated all day. Their for and against 247-14 over 5 games and won the final against The Grange 36-0.

Our Open girls team who were massively under strength and played with only one bench player all day, took out the girls title going undefeated all day. Great day out! Good start to the rugby year.

Congratulations to our Rugby Teams...


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

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

Where can I get more information?

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

University Pathways Discovery Workshop:

On Friday May 3rd, our Year 9 High Achiever Class took part in a half-day University Pathways Discovery workshop run by DOXA.

DOXA is a for purpose organisation supporting young people to access positive life experiences, educational opportunities and employment pathways.

Throughout the workshop students:

  • gained insights into further education with university as the focus
  • developed self-awareness, confidence and resilience
  • articulated personal aspirations with optimism for the future
  • developed core skills in team work, communication, decision making and self-reflection.

The program was enjoyed by all, and many of our students are looking to enrol in DOXA’s extended three-day University Pathways Program. Well done Year 9s!

Congratulations Made Udayana from 9E:

Below is an amazing piece of work that Made Udayana created in Ms Wood’s Novel Ideas elective. I am proud to share this creative piece of writing with you, and congratulate Made. Well done.


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