Computer Games and Movies
Some students play games or watch movies that are rated PG or M whilst being supervised by their parents at home. It is important that the PG and M rated content of these games and movies does not become a topic of conversation in the school grounds as it is rated PG and M for a reason. As part of being respectful to those students who are not exposed to this type of content please talk about this with your child if they are accessing PG or M rated content and highlight when, where and who it is appropriate to talk about with.
The Newsletter Online
The online version of the newsletter has a lot more for you to look at than the paper version. The use of digital space enables us to use more pictures and makes the newsletter more engaging and interactive. The Schoolzine App is also a great tool to access the newsletter as well. As soon as the newsletter is published you get a message to say it is live. http://www.schoolzine.com/szapp
Around the School
The Kinders and their buddy class Grade 3/4 went on an excursion to Cygnet fire station. Ms Munro is a volunteer member with the Cygnet Brigade so she showed us the fire trucks and the equipment that fire fighters use. We got to sit in the fire truck and squirt the hose at a target. After the fire station we walked to Burtons Reserve to have lunch and a play. It was a fantastic day, both informative, educational and fun. We learnt that the fire service does more than just attend fires, they support community events such as the Christmas parade and local festivals and non fire emergencies, like rescuing a stuck cow!
NAPLAN ONLINE - TRIAL OF THE NEW ONLINE ASSESSMENT PLATFORM
You may have heard that NAPLAN Online is being introduced across Australia over three years from 2018. Tasmanian schools will be administering NAPLAN online from 2019.
NAPLAN Online will provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information.
Our school will trial the new assessment platform (the computer system the test will be taken on) and assess our readiness to participate in NAPLAN Online from 2019. This trial is called the School Readiness Test (SRT).
The SRT is not a test of student achievement and results will not form part of a student’s overall assessment.
Participating in this trial is important as it will help us ensure we have adequate internet connectivity, and whether students have access to sufficient number of devices for NAPLAN testing. During the trial, our school will have the opportunity to practice managing the classroom logistics for an online assessment and the new test administration processes.
Feedback from schools participating in the trial will inform transition to the online assessment as well as provide valuable feedback to shape the final development of the NAPLAN Online platform.
The SRT has not been constructed to assess curriculum knowledge, but rather to provide students an opportunity to experience the types of questions that will be included in the new online assessment.
During September 2018, selected students in Years 2, 4 and 6 will participate in the trial of the assessment platform, by undertaking two online tests that include examples of the new NAPLAN Online questions. Each test will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.
Participation in this trial is a key step to ensuring a successful NAPLAN Online experience.
If you have further questions, please contact the school.
Last Friday our school SRC held a fundraiser for the drought stricken farmers in NSW. It was great to see so many farmers and so little uniform. We all dressed up as farmers and played some fun games on our oval and in the hall. There were some delicious donations of food to be sold in the canteen and the SRC read farm stories in all of the classrooms.
We raised a total of $452.50 which will be donated to the Drought Angels Organisation to give some relief to the farmers.
‘The Professors Puzzle’
The gentle Professor of Jordan College sat at his desk deep in thought. As he flicked the match box end over end in his left hand, a quantity of matches spilled onto the mahogany desk.
Using fifteen matches he arranged them to make eight squares.
All the squares were the same size, none of the matches were overlapping, bent or cut.
I wonder if you can make his arrangement ???
Stephanie van der Schans.