Primary News

Science week has been a ‘blast’ with so many interesting and fun learning experiences taking place in our new STEM Institute room. Our focus in Science Week, this year has been on Biology and students have explored various aspects of living things, such as tracking the human heartbeat, investigating blood, studying minibeasts and understanding how digestion works.

It has been wonderful to see the STEM room filled will children of all ages asking questions and fully engaged in their learning – even during lunchtimes. We are very fortunate to have such an excellent facility which gives us the space for students to tinker and design, investigate and experiment.

We are keen to see what interesting ideas emerge from groups such as our Young Inventors Club as they participate in the Little Big Ideas Project later this term and our Innovation Challenge early next term.

NAPLAN

St John’s students have once again performed very strongly in the recent NAPLAN tests. In every test and every year level, Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, St John’s has achieved well above State and National averages. The excellent curriculum we have, our dedicated teachers and the diligence of the students all contribute to such pleasing results. The graphs below show the results in a few of the test areas over the last three years.

We have not received the 2017 individual student reports at this stage, but as soon as we do receive them we will be forwarding them onto parents. The usually arrive to school towards the end of Term Three. However, parents can access information about their child’s NAPLAN results by looking at Learning Analytics through the Parent Portal.

It is pleasing to note that St John’s did not follow the national trend of a drop in Writing results in Year Three.

Reporting

Previously with Term Three student academic reports, we have reported on the progress that has occurred in Term Three only.  From this term, onwards we will be providing a cumulative result so that the coming Term Three report will show each students’ total progress for the entire year up to the end of term. The end of Semester Two report will also be a cumulative result of academic achievement across the four school terms.

We believe this change will make following your child’s progress in Learning Analytics easier, ensuring the GPA shown in Learning Analytics matches that used in the calculation of any academic awards that are presented to students in Years Three to Twelve at the Night of Celebration.

If you have any questions about this minor change to our reporting processes, please contact me.

Uniform Shop News and College/House Badges 

Primary Reception hold a supply of both the College and House Badges.  These sell for $6.00 each and can only be paid for with cash.  Remember, if your child’s badge breaks or is faulty it can be returned to either the Primary Reception or the uniform shop for a free replacement.

Uniform Shop Opening Hours

Monday8.00am-10.00am
1.30pm- 4.00pm
Tuesday8.00am-10.00am
1.30pm- 4.00pm
Wednesday*Closed
Thursday8.00am-10.00am
1.30pm- 4.00pm
Friday8.00am-10.00am
1.30pm- 4.00pm

*The Uniform Shop will be open the first Wednesday of each Term.

**The Uniform Shop will be open the first Saturday home game of each term from 7:30am – 10:00am

Sandra Hawken
Head of Primary