From Acting Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning, Ms Gabrielle Smith
Term 3 is always very busy with Year 12 trial HSC examinations. Although we have the added challenge of COVID-19, I would like to acknowledge the continued dedication, resilience and persistence Year 12 have shown throughout this period. We wish them all the very best in the upcoming trial examinations and as they continue their journey towards graduation.
I would also like to thank the teachers who have taken on extra tutorials to ensure that our boys are prepared for their examinations. We are grateful for their knowledge and guidance throughout this period.
I spoke to the boys at assembly last Friday regarding Semester 1 reports. I asked them to have a discussion with their parents/carers about the feedback they received, with specific focus on their achievements and areas of further development. I then challenged them to set themselves a goal to work towards in Semester 2. The process of goal setting allows students to hone in on their targets and what they want to achieve. By knowing what they want to achieve, they can determine where their focus should be and what they can concentrate on and improve. I ask parents/carers to discuss students’ goals with them and to support them to achieve this throughout Semester 2.
Academic Assessment Services (Allwell) Testing
Every year, students in Years 6, 8 and 10 participate in Allwell testing. This testing is a key part of Waverley College being able to effectively and consistently measure academic growth. When combined with NAPLAN data, the College will have four years of data measurement to feed back to you regarding your son. We also use this data in a variety of ways to improve the delivery of curriculum within the school and to assist with subject selection pathways in Year 11.
Year 8 will be participating in Allwell testing tomorrow (Friday 31 July).
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)
ACARA produces a monthly e-newsletter called Parent Update.
Parent Update includes national education news about NAPLAN, My School and the Australian curriculum. Recent articles have featured excellent resources to support parents and caregivers when their children are learning from home.
Changes in how NAPLAN data is presented on the My School website and how these changes will improve the quality of the information have been addressed. Alerts on free webinars offered by the e-Safety Commissioner and a useful fact sheet on e-safety tips have also been provided. You can view the tips here.
ACARA is also looking for feedback on the recently released My School website. They are interested in learning whether it provides information that is clear and of value, as well as giving insight on the purpose of My School.
If you would like to provide feedback on the My School website or read more on any of the points above, please follow this link.