June 22 Semester One Reports home23, 24, 25 Parent- Teacher Interviews
LAST DAY of Term 1
Principal’s Desk Welcome back to school… and the start of Term 2! My extended absence has made the return from the school holiday break all the more exciting. It has been lovely to reunite with all of the students and the school community. As I have been seriously ill and continue to suffer various challenging symptoms, Education Queensland are supporting my return to work by providing additional support. This additional support is in the form of Mr Andrew Shaw. Mr Shaw is already familiar with Ashwell SS, having worked here last year for a period of two weeks- so we are very fortunate to welcome Mr Shaw at Ashwell SS once more. As you would understand due to the ongoing issues of my illness I am not always available, I am grateful for your support. Term 2 is an extremely busy term, with activities including: cross country; NAPLAN; HOGS visit; Mothers’ Day; excursions; end of semester assessments; reporting and parent teacher interviews; etc. Please keep the date claimers handy and check the student diaries for any updates. Our school Facebook page is also a fantastic way to ‘keep in touch’ with the school. The QSchools App is also a helpful way to receive up to the minute information from the school- complete with push notifications. As a school, Ashwell SS, is ‘live’ using the QSchools App- and it is directly linked to our school website. More information on this easy (even though it sounds a bit tricky) communication tool can be found attached to the newsletter. We will also have information on QSchools available at next week’s cross country. ANZAC DAY Last Friday our two school leaders- Alex and Joshua - led our school in a moving ANZAC Day ceremony. Alex and Josh were assisted by other students from the Year 3, 4, 5, 6 class in presenting a reverent and informative service commemorating the centenary of the ANZAC campaign at Gallipoli. This was a culminating activity resulting from various classroom learning activities- experienced during English, History, Geography and the Arts. I was extremely proud of the students directly involved in the ceremony; however I was also incredibly impressed by the behaviour and conduct of the entire school during the service. The students were very respectful in honouring this special day on Australia’s calendar. A big thank you to the Year 3, 4, 5, 6 class and Mr Shaw for their hard work! Ashwell State School students also presented an impressive display at the Rosewood ANZAC Day march. The school had a wonderful contingent of students, staff and parents join the day. Once again the students made our school community very proud.
Small Schools’ Cross Country
Our small schools’ cross country has been postponed to next Tuesday, 5th of May, due to the current weather conditions. All families are welcome to cheer on the BLUE MACHINE!!! Fingers crossed the weather is fine with lots of sunshine. Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Overviews
Next Friday, 8th May, the individual classroom overviews for Term Two will be forwarded home with the students. These overviews outline some brief details about the teaching and learning programs- English, Mathematics, History, Geography, The Arts and more- in each of the classrooms. The overviews also provide additional information about homework, future activities or excursions and other classroom routines. Please take the time to read these overviews and if you have any further questions please direct these to your child’s teacher.
With the cooler weather suddenly upon us it is timely to remind students to ensure that their warm clothes- blue tracksuits and jumpers- are all labelled. Invariably as the day warms up, the layers are removed- particularly during playtime- which means there are many blue jumpers. When items of clothing are labelled it is a simple exercise to return these items to their rightful owners, and parents aren’t needing to spend money on replacing the clothes.
In week 4 of Term 2 (12th, 13th, 14th May) all Year 3 and 5 students around Australia will be participating in NAPLAN- National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy. This assessment is a point in time test which aims to assess students’ deep understanding of Literacy- grammar, punctuation, spelling, reading comprehension and writing; and Numeracy- Number, Operations, Measurement, Geometry, Space, Probability and Statistics, and Problem Solving and Mathematical Reasoning. Schools use this data in conjunction with other student achievement data collected throughout the year to inform future teaching practice and the development of school- based programs. It can be a challenging week for students with testing over three consecutive days. It is important families be positive and supportive during this time. Parents do have the option to WITHDRAW their child (Year 3 and 5) from participating in the NAPLAN testing program. Should any parents wish to withdraw their
child please come and speak to me by Friday, 8th May. These assessments provide a snapshot of each individual student’s progress and it provides a snapshot of the Nation’s progress. All of the Year 3 and 5 students at Ashwell SS have been engaged in steady NAPLAN preparation to ensure that they understand what is expected of them in terms of test conditions; multiple choice questions; on- demand writing tasks; and the curriculum areas addressed.
The NAPLAN schedule will be as follows:
20 min Break Writing
20 min Break Writing
Due to the time limitations it is essential that all Year 3 and 5students participating in the NAPLAN assessment be at school no later than 8:50am each morning of testing. This allows for all students to be settled, for the test introductions to be completed and for all students to commence the tests no later than 9:10am. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of week 4 the first break will be delayed until 11:10am. Below is a brief description of what students will expect in each test:
Grammar, punctuation and spelling
Writing task- either a narrative or a persuasive text
All strands of maths are covered in a problem context
Please keep in mind that there is a lot of media attention (radio and television) on these three days of testing each year- sometimes causing students’ great anxiety. Please be encouraging, supportive and positive about the assessment week- as the teachers will be ensuring that the students are relaxed and happy on the days of the tests. It is very important that your child have a great breakfast on these days of testing- it will also give them something to look forward to each day. In addition, on the first day of testing all students will have a compulsory 20 minute break between tests. Please ensure that your child has a substantial healthy snack for this time, for example: fruit and yoghurt. The school will receive the students’ results sometime in late September. These results will then be forwarded to parents. Should you require any more information please do not hesitate to contact the school.
Term Two Teaching and Learning Overviews Next Friday, 8th May, the individual classroom overviews for Term Two will be forwarded home with the students. These overviews outline some brief details about the teaching and learning programs- English, Mathematics, History, Geography, The Arts and more- in each of the classrooms. The overviews also provide additional information about homework, future activities and other classroom routines. Please take the time to read these overviews and if you have any further questions please direct these to your child’s teacher. STUDENT TEACHER
On Monday we welcomed Miss Tamara Brieschke, a second year Education student, at Ashwell State School. Miss Brieschke will be working with Mrs Eiby, Mrs Denton and Mr Shaw in the Year 3-6 classroom. Please make her feel welcome. Student Stars!!
The following students were successful at the swimming championships at Rosewood Rays Swim Club, Cricket and Soccer clubs.
Alex and Cody our cricketing stars recently received awards for Under 10 Marburg Thunder cricket team. Alex received the most improved award and Cody won the coach’s award. Congratulations to Ryan for being chosen for the Under 11’s West Zone Soccer Team. Ryan will play the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. Well done, Ryan.
Finally, Rhys our softball star has again been selected to play in the district softball team which will then be considered for selection at the Metropolitan West Regional trials. Good luck, Rhys.
Student Awards Congratulations to the following students for their fantastic efforts!