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Head of Curriculum's News

15/09/2017
As you’re probably aware, the students from Years Two – Eight have been resitting the NAPLAN test during this week.  This is a very valuable practice for us (it is also undertaken in most state schools throughout Queensland) as it provides us with data that is up-to-date and relevant.  It also demonstrates the improvement made by students – and there have been some very dramatic improvements – and, for the Year Two students, it exposes them to the particular structures of the NAPLAN testing regime so that their anxiety is lessened when it comes to the ‘real thing’.  Congratulations to all students who demonstrated commitment and a willingness to undertake these tests.  Your child’s teacher will be only too happy to share their results with you.

 

All teachers and teacher aides will be attending the Emerald Education Conference on Monday, 16th October, a pupil-free day for students.  On this day, we will engage with some keynote speakers (Julie Cross is one) as well as attend workshops relating to a variety of educational subjects.  This will be a wonderful day of professional development for our staff and one where we will undoubtedly learn a range of interesting and exciting new initiatives which we can implement in our classrooms. 

In recent and coming weeks, we have had or will have teachers undertake professional development in Writing, Information and Communication Technology, Explicit Instruction and Mindfulness and Wellbeing.  All of these opportunities, whilst they might take teachers out of our classrooms for a short time are well worthwhile in terms of building our capacity as educators.

 

 Live as if you were to die tomorrow.

 Learn as if you were to live forever.

Mahatma Gandhi