‘Paw’jama day! What a wonderful sight it was to see so many students and teachers involved in this day, run by our Junior School Council, in support of the Reading Dogs program throughout Victoria.
In early 2021, our school, along with thousands of others across the country will begin preparations for the fifth Australian Early Development Census (AEDC).
The AEDC gives us a national picture of the development, health and wellbeing of children in their first year of full-time school. Since 2009, the census results have helped communities, schools and governments plan services and develop better policies to target support for children and families.
Children don’t miss any class time, and parents/carers don’t need to supply schools with any new information for the census. The AEDC gives us data at a school and community level – it isn’t an assessment of individual children.
Some teachers have also noticed that completing the assessments made them more aware of the needs of individual children and the class as a whole and that the census results are useful in planning for transitions to Year 1 and developing class programs.
Participation in the AEDC is voluntary. Parents/carers don’t need to take any action unless they choose not to include their children in the census.
To find out more about the census and how communities are using the data to help children and families visit the AEDC website: www.aedc.gov.au.
Next week at school, children in Years 3 and 5 will undertake the NAPLAN Assessment Program, which will be taking place on Tuesday 11th, Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th May at school.
NAPLAN tests the skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar and Numeracy.
It is important in the grand ‘scheme’ of schooling it is ‘one test on one day’. Although we want our students to achieve the best that they can, this test does not define who they are as a person or a learner.
Results for individual students will be sent home to families once they arrive at the school from the VCAA. Our expectation is that all students will participate in the NAPLAN Assessment Program and for those who are absent for any reason, we will endeavor to complete all assessments for individual students on Friday 14th May.
Our teachers have been working with students to ensure that they are prepared and confident for the Naplan Assessment and I am sure that all students participating will demonstrate their personal best.
Remember that NAPLAN is not about passing or failing, but about assessing learning progress.
Please see below for the COVIDSafe Measures for all at Bellaire Primary School.
Our guidelines continue to encourage schools to implement actions that will continue to reduce the congregation of adults in and around the school to minimise transmission risk in the community.
Parents are welcome back on site (outdoors and for assemblies) and for essential reasons only. Parents are permitted into school buildings if you have a pre-arranged appointment to see your child’s classroom teacher; this is to ensure that we continue to comply with indoor gathering limits.
We continue to appreciate the support of our parent community in respecting these guidelines.
When indoors, the wearing of face masks (when unable to safely distance), physical distancing and practising hand hygiene will all be measures that remain in place for all adult visitors on site and our staff.
To support contract tracing, we must continue to keep a record of all visitors who attend on site for more than 15 minutes.
Our advanced cleaning at school will also still take place for all of Term 2 and as always, we will continue to encourage regular hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer in the hope that we all remain healthy – students, staff and community.
A reminder to all parents and carers that supervision for our students begins from 8.45am each morning and we request that students arrive no earlier than this time unless they are already booked into before school care.
Friendly reminder to all families of students in Grade 6, that the Year 6 to Year 7 Transition forms are due back at school on Friday 14th May.