Dear families & friends,
Welcome everyone to Term 3. In particular welcome to our new staff members, Corrina Du, teacher in J1 and Linh Duong, SSO also in J1. We also welcome Emma, a pre-service teacher who has joined Laura’s class. Welcome also to new students, and their families, Alfio and Max to J1. We look forward to getting to know all of you and welcoming you to Felixstow.
This terms Inquiry is a continuation of term 3’s focus on Austalian Animals
This year there have been some changes to the way NAPLAN results have been reported.
The following information is a summary of changes that has been provided to schools:
As a result of the recent changes to NAPLAN, the data schools have available to them will change.
Following agreement by Education Ministers, from 2023 the main changes to NAPLAN reporting includes moving from 10 Proficiency Bands and a National Minimum Standard (NMS) to Proficiency Standards with 4 levels of student achievement.
The new Proficiency standards are:
• Needs additional support
This change in reporting at a departmental level is part of wider reform on the Purpose of Public Education and the result of changes to the way NAPLAN will be reported nationally.
We, and year 3 and 5 students and parents, have now received student’s NAPLAN reports. We are very pleased that as a site we are above National Standard in nearly all areas in both year levels. We also as a school sit in the ‘Strong’ standard in every area in both year levels.
We are really proud of all our students and the way they participated and received their results. With several students meeting exceeding standard in different areas in each year level. We are also really proud of the work we have done in our site to improve our standards consistently, and while NAPLAN is not what we measure ourselves by, it is a great indicator that what we are doing at Felixstow is working for kids and their learning.
W.E.C. Wellbeing Engagement Collection
We have recently also received the results of our WEC survey for year 4-6 students and have noted some significant improvements in our students wellbeing and engagement, in particular their ‘Learning Readiness’ which has been our focus over the past couple of years as part of our Site Improvement work and focus on the Berry Street Education practices. Learning readiness looks at three areas – Perseverance, Cognitive Engagement and Academic Self Concept. Staff will be looking at this data further in staff meetings.
A snapshot of our results for Learning Readiness comparing 2021 to 2023 is below.
We are looking forward to yet another exciting and busy term 3 at Felixstow and hope to see many of you volunteering and joining us to celebrate student learning along the way.
Cheers Skye :)