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From The Junior Secondary Head of Department with Ashton Shonhan


​From The Junior Secondary Head of Department

With Ashton Shonhan
The National Assessment Program-Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is used by governments, education authorities and schools to determine whether young Australians are meeting important goals in literacy and numeracy.
2018 NAPLAN tests will be completed in week 5 of this term. It is an expectation that all students sit NAPLAN; however, parents are encouraged to contact the school if they have any concerns or questions regarding the tests.

While students aren’t able to study for NAPLAN, they are being prepared at school through the constant teaching of literacy and numeracy skills. Please reassure your child that these tests are simply used to see how far they’ve progressed and assess their skills on a nation-wide basis.
While our teachers are working hard to support our students with their preparation for NAPLAN, it is important for caregivers to also support students so that they feel confident in their abilities.

Some Ways That Caregivers Can Provide Support For Learners Include:
  • Provide healthy meals and encourage them to drink plenty of water.
  • Speak to students about the benefits of having 8 hours of sleep.
  • Remind learners to take time to do things they enjoy such as play sport.
  • Assist students to feel prepared by making sure they have the necessary materials

or testing-2B or HB pencils, sharpener, eraser and a calculator.

  • Encourage each child to always do their best. 
NAPLAN Breakfast
Our wonderful school P&C association has kindly supported us with a cash donation to provide a free breakfast to all students in years 7 & 9 on the three testing days. Students can expect a sausage sizzle plus a popper and some fresh fruit. The breakfasts will be served from the Toolooa House Veranda by volunteer teachers. 
Out and About in Junior Secondary Classrooms
Some of our junior secondary students are featured below, getting back into the swing of things, ahead of a busy Term 2.