Glengala Gazette – Issue #11

Premiers’ Reading Challenge

As a school we recommend that our students read at home as often as possible; in an ideal world that would be every day/night. Sometimes there can be a fine line between providing the challenge to improve your child’s reading and making the reading task so arduous that the child loses interest. We want to ensure that your child develops their reading skills to their greatest level whilst maintaining a love of reading. Some of the books your child chooses will be books that they are able to read by themselves, some will be more suitable for you to read together, and some will be best suited for you to read to your child. All these situations are valuable reading experiences for children. The Premiers’ Reading Challenge is another way of encouraging children to read a set number of books over the year and record their efforts online. It’s a great way to get young people talking about reading with their friends and pushing themselves to read as many books as they can. Some information has been sent home in the past few weeks including a permission form and instructions on how your child can login to begin their challenge. We encourage all of our students to participate in the challenge. If you require assistance or a new form please see the office or James Barnard in the 1/2 Learning Space.

NAPLAN

Next week, students across the country in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will be assessed using common national tests in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation) and Numeracy. The results from these tests will further assist us in making sure that we are meeting the needs of our students. That may be through identifying students who require additional support and extension, or identifying areas of focus for future curriculum goals and planning for our staff.

Please remember NAPLAN is a snapshot of knowledge on a particular day in a particular area; it doesn’t show many, many things about students. NAPLAN doesn’t show that many of our students speak one or more languages other than English. It doesn’t show that our students love working with their buddies, helping out in our Urban Farm, joining our sporting teams, singing in our School Choir, challenging themselves at our Coding Club, helping the environment as part of our Green Warriors team, or any of our Student Leadership roles. NAPLAN doesn’t take into account that at times our students assist with taking care of brothers/sisters, parents or other family members. It also doesn’t show the pride our students take in being part of Glengala Primary School.

If your child is in Year 3 or 5 and you DO NOT want them to sit NAPLAN testing, please let their teachers know ASAP. We need parents to sign a form in order to withdraw their child from testing.

Mother’s Day Stall

The Mothers’ Day stall will be held on Thursday next week. There is a range of gifts that your child may purchase, for between $2 and $10. There’s still time to order your gift bag for $10, however you will need to return the completed form with payment to the office by tomorrow – Friday 5th May.

Uniform

Thank you to the many students and staff who have worn their Glengala SunSmart hats since the beginning of the year. Now that we’ve hit May and the start of the cooler months we no longer need to wear SunSmart hats whenever we are outside. If students still want to wear a hat to school, they can, however they must only wear a Glengala hat as they form part of our uniform. Students are also reminded that if they are wearing a long sleeved top under their shirt it must be the colour of their school shirt (either Navy Blue or Sky Blue). If you’re experiencing difficulties with obtaining uniform please visit the office or Sam C and we will be able to provide assistance.

 School Tours & Enrolments

Tours of our terrific school for families interested in enrolling their child in 2018 have begun. Tours will be conducted every Thursday morning at 9.15 until the end of the year or alternatively by appointment. If you would like a tour, have friends or neighbours who would like a tour please contact the school 9311 7810 or glengala.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au to book a place.

If you have questions, feedback or are experiencing any difficulties please don’t hesitate to give Sam C, Sam F or myself a call, send us an email or come and have a chat.

Kris White

Principal