FROM THE PRINCIPAL
NAPLAN, Book Fair and 21st Century Skills
from Mr Tony Kent
This week students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 have completed their NAPLAN testing, along with all students in these year levels across Australia. The tests have run smoothly, which is pleasing, and we hope that students have been given the opportunity to demonstrate their current skills and understanding across the areas that are tested, and can now focus their energy and attention on their ongoing education. I have shared our perspective previously on these standardised tests, which provide us with helpful insights into student’s educational progression compared to national standards. Although they do provide helpful data and insights, these tests should never be seen for more than what they are – a snapshot of progression.
I would encourage you as parents to ensure your children understand this perspective on NAPLAN, as we do here at school. We encourage students to do their best, but not to be defined by the outcome, or discouraged in any way. As always, each child here at CCAS is a unique individual, with unique strengths and sometimes potential areas of challenge. Our focus remains on each child fulfilling their potential, regardless of where they sit comparatively with others in their cohort both within our school and across the nation.
It was great to meet with an enthusiastic group of parents who took the opportunity last night to listen to the insights and directions in education globally from Nick Salmon from Harvard University, and the implications for our students here at CCAS. It was encouraging to receive validation of the directions we are pursuing as a school in Project Based Learning and the explicit teaching of Critical and Creative Thinking skills from Nick Salmon. We have valued the opportunity to tap into Nick’s skills and insights with our teaching staff yesterday which culminated in the parent presentation last night.
We are looking forward to the celebrations of Book Fair next week here at CCAS in the Primary School. Developing a love of reading is such an important thing to instil in our children and Book Fair is a great celebration of this value. It will be lots of fun!
Enjoy the rest of this week’s newsletter.