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From The Junior Secondary Co-Ordinator With Jess Batey

​From The Junior Secondary
With Jess Batey
As you would have heard, NAPLAN is nearing. All students in year seven and nine will be sitting the complement of literacy and numeracy tests between Tuesday 12th May and Thursday 14th May this year. A parent information letter has been provided to students to take home to their parents. Please ask your son or daughter about this note if you have not received it yet.
NAPLAN aims to test the core skills of our students in the areas of reading, writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy. Our school has a range of comprehensive programs that improve student outcomes in all of the areas tested and we are looking forward to seeing some excellent growth coming from these programs.
A reminder that one excellent way to improve your child’s performance is to have them read as often as possible. As little as half an hour each night before they go to sleep can have a profound impact on children’s school performance.
Finally, as always, if you do have any questions or concerns in relation to NAPLAN, please feel free to contact the school. We are more than happy to talk with families to alleviate any concerns that you might have. We are looking forward to seeing some excellent results from NAPLAN this year.
Is your child a creative thinker and looking to challenge themselves? If so, the annual Opti-MINDs challenge may be right up their alley! Opti-MINDs is an internationally run challenge, which is available to students of all ages. It allows students to work in groups to create a solution to a given problem. Students participate in a long-term challenge over a six week period before presenting their solution in Rockhampton in August. The teams who are deemed to have the best solution are then invited to attend a national final, which is held in Brisbane during term four. In recent years, our school has been particularly successful and has had three consecutive winning teams since 2012. We are looking to send a record number of teams this year, so if your child is interested in taking part in Opti-MINDs, please send them to see Miss Batey in the Junior Secondary Precinct for more information.
Study Habits
A new term presents an opportunity to form new positive habits. Now would be an excellent time to work with your child to develop a study routine or timetable for the term. Your child should have their assessment dates written into their Student Success Journal (diary). To avoid these dates sneaking up on students, it is a great idea for them to write the dates onto a family calendar, along with reminders (eg. 1 week until English draft due). This way, the parents and children get the reminder that they need to get organised. We know that the more time spent on an assessment task, the better chance students have of a successful outcome. Also, if your child comes home with the dreaded “I don’t have any homework”, you’ll be able to help them keep on top of upcoming assessment tasks.
Jess Batey
Junior Secondary Head of Department