Next week students in Years 3 and 5 will participate in the NAPLAN testing. Standardised testing can be a very daunting challenge for students. It is a challenge that we must face and whether you agree with it or not, we hope that our students see it as an opportunity to evaluate their learning rather than a burden on their progression. Here is an article that confirms just how special our students are and that they all have many talents that standardised testing cannot assess. It was written by a teacher to her Year 3 students.
This week you will sit your first NAPLAN test. Before you take this test there is something very important for you to know:
This test does not assess all of what makes each of you exceptional and unique.
The people who score these tests don’t know that some of you love to sing, are good at drawing or can teach others how to use a computer program. They have not seen the way that some of you dance with grace or speak confidently to a large group. They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them when they are sad. They do now know that you participate in sport, help your mum and dad or play with your little brother, sister or cousins. They do now know that you are caring, thoughtful and that every day you do your best. Because these attributes cannot be tested.
The score you get from these tests will tell you how you did on that day, but they will not tell you everything. They can’t tell you that you have improved on something that you once found difficult. They can’t tell you that you brighten up your teacher’s day. They can’t tell you how amazingly special you are.
So come to school ready to do your best for the NAPLAN test and remember there is no one way to ‘test’ all of the wonderful things that make you, YOU.
So remember, whatever your score may be, all of you are special and have the opportunity for greatness. Work hard, live your dreams.
Have a great week!
Sport/Autism Awareness Week
On Tuesday May 8th, students and staff participated in a walk to raise awareness for Autism. Throughout the week students have been learning a lot about Autism. This Friday, May 11th, the staff and students are invited to wear 'BLUE' and bring a gold coin donation to go towards research into Autism. Please be generous with your donations for this very worthy cause.
Now that the cooler weather has arrived we have an action-packed term ahead of us in Sport. Students will soon begin training for the annual Cross Country event which will take place during NAIDOC celebrations in Week 9, the last week of Term 2. This term students in Years 2 – 6 will be focussing on learning the main skills of Football: marking, kicking and handballing, as well as techniques used in the game such as tackling, goal kicking and bouncing. We also have a special visit lined up in the middle of this Term from Tennis WA. Students from Years 4, 5 and 6 will have a few weeks testing their Tennis skills at the town courts during their Sport lessons in the last few weeks of term.
A huge thanks to Garnduwa Amboorny Wirnan for the extremely generous donation of the brand new footballs we will be using for our lessons this term. The footballs are a fantastic size for the students to learn football skills, practise their drills and develop their overall confidence in the game.
Friday 11th May: Wear ‘blue’ and bring a gold coin for the WA Autism Association.
Friday 11th May: Mother’s Day Liturgy beginning in the Library at 1:15pm
Saturday 12th May: Yr 5/6 selling plants at St Vincent Pallotti Church from 8:00am - 11:30am
Tuesday 15th - Thursday 17th May: NAPLAN Testing for Year and Year 5 students
Sunday 20th May: Float Parade
Monday 28th May: School Closure day (Brightpath)
Sunday 3rd June: Sacrament of First Holy Communion
Monday 4th June: WA Day Public Holiday
Tuesday 5th June: Catholic Day School Closure day
Monday 25th June: NAIDOC Week
Wednesday 27th June: School Cross Country
Thursday 28th June: Reports go home
Friday 29th June: Final day of Term 2
Assemblies, Friday 1:20pm (even weeks)
Week 4: Year 3
Week 6: Year 2
Week 8: Year 1
St Joseph’s School is a Nut Awareness Zone
We have a student who has a touch-sensitive, life-threatening nut allergy. Please do not send nut products to school in recess or lunch boxes. This includes peanut butter, Nutella and many muesli bars.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Canteen Volunteers Wanted
Miss Kris is looking for parents or friends of the St Joseph’s community who may be able to lend a hand. As they say, many hands make light work! If you can assist in any way, please have a chat with Kris or the Principal.
St Joseph’s School Uniforms
At St Joseph’s School we take great pride in our appearance. The school uniform is also an important aspect of child health and safety. It is a requirement that all students wear a St Joseph’s uniform (including a hat with our logo) that is purchased from our uniform shop. Similar items bought elsewhere may not be worn to school.
Please note that our “no hat, no play” policy will be enforced.
See our website for a full range of uniform items.
Uniforms may be purchased at any time from our office.
Praying the Rosary
Sr Marcella will lead us in one decade of the rosary each Friday at 7:35am on the grass outside the administration building. Please feel welcome to join us for five minutes of prayer.
New Enrolment Policy
The West Australian School Education Act (1999) stipulates that information about immunisation status and date of birth must be supplied when applying to enrol at school. As of 2018, a child’s birth certificate and immunisation documents must be provided before they can commence their schooling at St Joseph’s.
Thank you for your cooperation.