You will be receiving your child’s NAPLAN results this week.
There are a few issues regarding NAPLAN about which I would like you to be informed:
Due to the complexities of comparing the online version with pen and paper tests, results are not available for Principals and teachers to view their results as yet, so we will be unable to answer any questions you may have about your child’s results until results are released to schools.
Following is an excerpt from a DoE email, recently received:
“The transition to NAPLAN online in 2018 has created additional complexity to the required data analysis and reporting. The slight delay in the release of school level data in SCOUT is attributable to ACARA providing the data later than usual and NESA taking longer to reconcile this data and then providing it to the department.”
There have been widely reported issues amongst principals about the individual writing results in particular. At my recent Principal’s meeting, discussion centred around the adjustment made to data to try to align online NAPLAN with the pen and paper version and how this has resulted in significant fluctuations in scores and in most cases in our area, scores are below state average. There is also great concern about the MySchool website. The Primary Principals’ Association has called for a review.
Finally, a word from a recent DoE webinar:
“Take care with the amount of dependence placed on NAPLAN data this year. There is volatility around trend performance, value add and student growth and greater variability at the school level”.
My advice remains as always, is that NAPLAN is a snapshot taken on one day every two years and greater reliance should be placed on in-school assessments and feedback as a valid indicator of what students know and can do and of their progress and growth.
Bronwyn Wilson Principal West Pymble Public School Apollo Ave West Pymble 2073 T: 9144 7584 F: 9988 3875
20 Sep 2018
Dear Parents and Carers,
I wish to advise that today, one of our students found a pin in a banana that she had just peeled. The fruit was purchased outside of the school. I have reported the incident to the appropriate authorities. I would like to reasssure you that the student concerned is safe and no injuries have been sustained.
Can I please urge caution and request that you ensure that all fruit is chopped up before it is consumed.
Ms Bronwyn Wilson
Message from the Principal and P&C President
20 Sep 2018
Dear Parents and Carers,
This week, you will receive the Term 4 School Contribution explanation letter prior to your Contribution Invoice which will be sent to you next week. This invoice DOES NOT include your Activity Fees. These will be sent separately in Week 2 of next term with full information and permission for each activity.
Can I ask that you read the School Contribution explanation letter thoroughly as this will provide a comprehensive explanation for every line item. In conjunction with our P&C President, we met with a view to provide as much detail as possible. This is in keeping with recent requests from the parent body and we hope this is a step in the right direction.
Your payments are utilised to subsidise the amount the school receives from the government to educate your child, $183 per annum or 0.83cents per day! As such, payment of these fees is very much appreciated. With your support, the school can continue to provide the richness and diversity of activities that we do.
Thank you for your attention to this important matter
Bronwyn Wilson and Bob Keen
19 Sep 2018
A student at this school has been diagnosed with a gut parasite, Dientamoeba, after feeling unwell.
Dientamoeba fragilis is a parasite that is commonly found in the gastrointestinal tract of humans. It may cause illness in some people. The parasite is most likely transmitted via the faecal-oral route. Good hygiene practices should be used to help prevent infection.
For more information, please refer to the Fact Sheet below.
In case you missed our last newsletter, please read this anonymous letter from a parent of our school community.
At WPPS we couldn’t be prouder of the eclectic mix of students, teachers, parents and families. We are a diverse community with many varying social, cultural and economic influences. We value our diversity and believe that it enriches the fabric of our school, our wider community and the world we live in.
In our school community we have a range of students with diagnosed and undiagnosed disabilities. Some you might be able to see, however the vast majority are often hidden. We don’t get to hear or see the hidden struggles of many children and their families. How could we ever understand what a family goes through, if we haven’t experienced it ourselves?
We would like to help strengthen the way our community values diversity, especially the way we approach, include and value children or adults that have a disability. Over the course of the rest of the year we would like to share with you a series of anonymous letters from parents in our community who have children at WPPS that have struggles beyond what most of us could comprehend let alone understand.
We would like to thank parents that have shown the courage to write letters to the school about their struggles and triumphs as they champion their child’s rights. Hopefully, the following letter, gets members of our community to stop and think when they label children as “naughty” or suggest that certain children shouldn’t be invited to parties because “it’s too hard”. If you would like to tell your families story, your child’s story or provide some feedback on this week’s letter please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
18 Sep 2018
From the canteen:
Please be advised that the canteen is closed on the last day of school for Fiesta Day - Friday 28th September. Thank you.
September 14 Newsletter
14 Sep 2018
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ATTENTION ALL YEAR 5 & 6 PARENTS AND CARERS
13 Sep 2018
Dear Year5/6 parents,
The next Recognition Ceremony for 2018 will be held on Friday 21st September.
We are asking for your help in providing light refreshments on the day. There will be 4 recognition ceremonies throughout the year and we will be asking parents from each year to help with catering.
Can Year 5/6 please provide 3 of each of the food and drinks from the list below and deliver them to the school office at drop off on Friday 21st September. It would be appreciated if the food could be stored in a disposable container.