As you may be aware APPS has launched our 'Learning Partnerships' program. Out of our potential 3,750 parent volunteers only 30 have signed up to the program! We need you!
Research continues to highlight that partnerships between schools, community and industry are essential in ensuring our students understand and develop the skills they need to be successful in their future careers. Volunteer opportunities include:
- sharing experiences and skills to inspire our students about different pathways and opportunities for their future
- consulting with teachers who seek to enrich school curriculum
- providing students with a real world expert in their area of interest
- providing students or educators an opportunity for meaningful workplace experiences
- communicating knowledge or mentoring students via online platforms
We understand that certain partnership opportunities may not be possible at present, however we encourage parents and members of our community to join the project to ensure it can be implemented as soon as possible.
Extra Curricular Activities and Community Users
We were sad to have to put our extra-curricular and community user program on hold at the end of last term as a result of the COVID 19 restrictions. This included all of our creative arts ensembles as well as the many community users who provide before and after school activities. At this stage all of these groups remain on hold but we hope we will be able to return to normal programs soon.
2020 Tell Them From Me Survey
During Term 2, our school, like many other public schools in the state, is participating in the Department of Education initiative: the Tell Them From Me student feedback survey for students in Years 4-6. The survey measures factors that are known to affect academic achievement and other student outcomes. The focus of the NSW-wide survey is on student wellbeing, engagement and effective teaching practices. More information about the survey is available at: http://surveys.cese.nsw.gov.au The survey is a great opportunity for our students to provide us with valuable and quick feedback on what they think about school life, how engaged they are with school and the different ways that teachers interact with them. More than 6,300 schools in Australia and around the world have used Tell Them From Me to survey 5.4 million students. Capturing the voices of our students will help improve how we do things at our school. I want to assure you that the survey is confidential. The survey is conducted online and will typically take less than 30 minutes to complete.
Opportunity Class Applications for 2021 Year 5 Placement
The placement process for opportunity class entry in 2021, including the Opportunity Class Placement Test, will be delayed until later in the year. As a result, applications did not open on 28 April 2020. The opportunity class placement will still go ahead in 2020. However, the process for that, including the timeline, will look a little different this year. The Department intend to ensure Year 5 students are placed in opportunity classes in 2021 with minimal disruption to schools and families. The department will continue to work closely with NSW Health to ensure people have access to the latest advice on how to keep staff, students and the community safe. Revised dates for applications, tests and process changes will be announced as soon as they are confirmed. Web pages will be updated shortly to reflect this message. Please continue to monitor the department's website to remain up to date with information relating to opportunity classes.