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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 10th May and Thursday 12th May this year. An information letter has been sent home to parents and brochures are available from the school foyer.
NAPLAN aims to test the core skills of our students in the areas of reading, writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation 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 great 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. Additionally, having students write as often as possible, as well as completing everyday numeracy tasks without a calculator can have a very positive effect on outcomes.
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. 
Student Success Journals
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.
While you’re looking in your child’s Student Success Journal, you can also flick to the black and white section to check their results from term one assessment. Students should have written in all term one results by the end of week two. Looking at these results presents an opportunity to set goals for term two and plan for success. 
Jess Batey
HoD – Junior Secondary