Dear Parents & Carers
Welcome to Term 3, and I hope everyone has read the myriad of information that has come out via the App and Facebook regarding:
- COVID19 Restrictions
- Parent Teacher Interviews
- School Photos
- Sick Children
- Year 6 Confirmation
It's all happening! We have had to be extremely flexible and adapt to the constant change. Once again, I appreciate your ongoing support.
You are your child’s first and most important teacher and we want to work with you to make sure your child learns and does well at school. That is why we hold regular meetings so you and your child’s teacher can share information throughout the school year.
What can you expect?
- A two-way conversation. Just as you want to learn about your child’s progress at school, we want to hear from you about how you think your child is doing. When teachers know about children’s talents, interests, needs, and dreams, they are better able to help their learning.
- Emphasis on learning. The focus of the interview is your child’s learning. We want to discuss how well your child is doing and what we can do to support even better learning. Come prepared with any questions you would like to ask the teacher.
- Opportunities and challenges. Teachers will always try to give you positive feedback about your child and areas for improvement. You will know your child’s strengths and areas of difficulty. Together, you and the teacher can explore ways to help your child with challenges.
What will be talked about?
- How is your child going? What are your child’s strengths? Where are the areas for improvement?
- Work samples - Ask to see examples of your child’s work. If you do not understand any assessments, ask the teacher to explain them to you.
- Your thoughts. Let the teacher know how you feel about your child’s progress and abilities. Tell the teacher about anything you think needs extra attention.
- Learning at home. Ask what you can do at home to help your child learn.
- Learning at school. Find out what services or extra help are available at school if your child needs more support.
- Make a note of any actions you agree on with the teacher. You can use these notes for future meetings with the teacher.
- Find out the best ways to communicate with the teacher and make a plan that works for both of you.
- Talk with your child about the conference. Share with your child what you have learned. Show how you will be helping with learning at home. Pass on praise. Ask for your child’s views on how learning can be improved.
Best intentions assumed.
Emphasis on learning.
Examples and evidence.
Respect for all.
Dedication to follow-up.
Acknowledgement: Harvard Family Research Project.
For the safety of students and families, and to ease traffic congestion, we have now stationed a teacher on duty at the crossing at the entrance to the bottom carpark. Families will be asked to wait, group together, allow traffic to flow, and then will be asked to walk across as a group. Families are asked to only cross into the carpark at this point and follow the teacher's instructions. Thank you.
Thank you to all those families who have sent their children back to school wearing the correct school uniform with pride. We are still in winter uniform for this term. One benefit of having a uniform is that it removes one avenue for peer pressure and competition. The expectation is for all students and I ask you to support the school by ensuring your child/ren are wearing the correct school items. Incorrect shoes and school bags, and the wearing of non-uniform jewellery and hair items seem to be problem areas.
As we are a Sun Smart School, we would like to remind you that from the 1st of August students will be required to wear their school hat for all outdoor activities. Of course, in the meantime, while the weather is cold, students are permitted to wear a navy beanie.
ANNUAL SATISFACTION SURVEY
An annual satisfaction survey of parents, students and staff will be conducted this term by Catholic Education. The surveys are designed to gather feedback from parents, staff and students about our school and will be used to inform school improvement. The surveys will be launched in a few weeks using the email addresses supplied to the school. Thank you in advance for your honest and constructive feedback.
Have a great week
You will have received a note informing you that Parent Teacher Interviews for students in Kinder to Year 6 will be held in Week 3.
This year, only parents will meet with the teacher, not the students.
Please make a booking by going to: https://www.schoolinterviews.com.au and using the code: pt7xp
Bookings close on Friday the 31 of July at 5pm.
After this time, you will need to book through the front office (6241 8640) if you miss the opportunity through the site.
We look forward to seeing you and discussing your child/children’s progress.
Dear Parents and Carers,
This is a reminder that Holy Spirit Primary School will be participating in ICAS Assessments in Term 3, 2020. Online Parent Payment has been extended and will close on Sunday, 2 August, 2020. Please read the information below.
ICAS is designed to target students’ higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills in English, Mathematics, Science, Writing*, Spelling and Digital Technologies. Each assessment celebrates students’ accomplishments by providing opportunities for recognition. Every student will receive a printed certificate and an online result report. Top performers will be eligible for medals and are invited to attend special award ceremonies to have their academic excellence publicly recognised.
We encourage you to consider entering your child into ICAS this year. The assessments are suitable for students wishing to extend themselves academically and take up the personal challenge of competing in an international assessment. Your child will be presented with high-quality, expert-developed questions, allowing them to apply their learning without the need for prior study or revision.
ICAS Assessments are now online, a move that reflects a sector-wide transition to online assessments. This allows greater accessibility for students and faster delivery of results. Learn more about ICAS here: unsw.global/ICAS.
In 2020 students have the opportunity to participate in the following subjects:
(*Writing not available in 2020.)
** Please note: These are the dates Holy Spirit Primary school are sitting the ICAS tests. If something happens that prevents students being at school, we will negotiate with ICAS and move the test sitting dates.
Monday 17th August, 2020
ICAS Digital Technologies
Monday 24th August, 2020
Wednesday 26th August, 2020
Monday 31st August, 2020
ICAS Spelling Bee
Wednesday 2nd September, 2020
Cost per test: $15.95 including GST.
If you would like your child to participate in any of the subjects listed above, please visit the new online Parent Payment System to make a direct payment to UNSW Global. The Parent Payment System is a simple and secure online payment service specifically for parents to purchase ICAS Assessments.
The web link is: https://shop.unswglobal.com.au/pages/pps
Our school’s unique access code is: YJB044
Online Parent Payment closes Sunday, 2 August 2020.
IMPORTANT: Please enter your child’s name accurately into the System as it will appear on their ICAS certificate.
Privacy Collection Statement
We are proud to partner with UNSW Global in offering the ICAS Assessments, and look forward to some fantastic results later in the year.
Please do not hesitate to contact me via email if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learning Support Teacher
Your child would have brought home the next issue of Scholastic Book Club this week. You can also view this latest issue at https://www.scholastic.com.au/book-club/book-club-parents/.The points we receive from your orders are used to purchase books and resources for our Library collection.
Please remember that no orders are to be sent to school, all orders are done through ‘Loop’ by following the instructions below.
Orders will close on Friday the 7th of August (Week 3)
If you are making an order which is to be a gift, please contact Library staff and your child’s teacher to inform us about pick up arrangements.