ASSESSMENT & REPORTING
Semester 1 Reports go home tomorrow via the Parent Portal. Reports bring mixed feelings for parents and students. Pleasure and pride if they are performing well but considerable angst when children are not progressing as you hoped. Reports can mean anxious times for children too. Will my parents be disappointed or proud? This is the main concern of most children. Kids of all ages take their cues from their parents, so your reaction to their school report can affect the way they see themselves as learners and as people. Before reading the report, do a little self-check to see if you are in the right frame of mind:
Do you understand that the A-E scale is different from when you went to school? A C for example means they are achieving at the expected level.
A = Achieving Above expectations - Always works independently - Applies to new situations
B = Beyond expectations - Brilliant
C = Capable - Consistently working well - Coping well with work – Competent - Confident
D = Developing, but Doing well - Direction needed
E = Encouragement needed - Eventually get there - Extra assistance required
Are your expectations for your son or daughter realistic and in line with their ability? Expectations are tricky. If they are too high then children can be turned off learning. Too low and there is nothing to strive for. Pitch your expectations in line with your child’s abilities.
Do you believe that children learn at different rates? There are slow bloomers, late developers and steady-as-you-go kids in every classroom, so avoid comparing your child to siblings, your friends’ children and even yourself when you were a child. Instead look for individual progress.
Are you willing to safeguard your child’s self-esteem rather than deflate it? Self-confidence is a pre-requisite for learning, so be prepared to be as positive and encouraging as possible.
Here are some ideas to consider when you open your child’s report:
- Focus on strengths - Do you look for strengths or weaknesses first? The challenge is to focus on strengths even if they are not in the traditional 3Rs or core subjects.
- Take into account your child’s effort and attitude to learning - If your child is not trying hard enough or is easily distracted, then you have something to work on. If your child is putting in the required effort, then you cannot ask any more than that, regardless of the grading.
- Broaden your focus away from academic performance to form a picture of your child’s progress as a member of a social setting - How your child gets along with his or her peers will influence his/her happiness and well-being, as well as give an indicator to his/her future. The skills of independence and co-operation are highly valued by employers so don’t dismiss these as unimportant.
- Ask for their opinion about how they think they performed and discuss their concerns - Take note of student self-assessment. Children are generally very honest and will give a realistic assessment of their progress. They are generally very perceptive so take note of their opinions.
After reports are read and discussed, celebrate your child’s efforts. In this way, you will recognise progress and remind them that the holidays are just around the corner when they can forget about assessment, tests and reports for a while.
Sourced from Michael Grose Parenting Ideas
As we are nearing the end of Term 2, I want to thank our parents for all you do for the children at school. Thank you for your support of us and your children during this time.
To our very dedicated and wonderful staff, on behalf of all, thank you for your work, care, and interest in our children. Finally, to our wonderful children - we all do what we do because of you.
PUPIL FREE DAY
Please remember that the first day of Term 3, Monday 12th July 2021, is a pupil free day. Students are not to attend school on this day. School will resume on Tuesday 13th July for all students.
Have a good holiday break
Mini Vinnies Winter Appeal and Pyjama Day
The Mini Vinnies team and the Year 6 Social Justice Leaders have launched our Vinnies Winter Appeal. From now until the end of Term, we will be collecting items to be donated to the St Vincent de Paul Society. Items that can be donated are:
- sleeping bags
We are looking for new items or secondhand items that do not have any holes or damage to them.
On the last day of Term, Friday 25th June, we will also be holding Pyjama Day. Students may wear warm pyjamas for a gold coin donation. Students must wear enclosed shoes such as sports shoes to wear outside, however, they can bring slippers to wear inside their classroom. Dressing gowns may also be worn.
Thank you to the families who have informed us that they are leaving our community at the end of the year.
It is important for our planning of classes for 2022 that we have this information and we also have a waiting list for most year levels.
If you are leaving at the end of the year and have not let us know officially, would you please inform the Front Office ASAP.
You can complete the online form by following the link below.
This week at DKC we put our chef hats on and decorated biscuits with icing, sprinkles and a “few” lollies! As always, this is a popular event and there were some creative designs.
Healthy Eating on the Run and lunch
DCO are running a workshop with Nutrition ACT to make a quick, nutritious and tasty 2 course meal that the whole family will love. This is a hands-on workshop where you will get to prepare the food and then sit together and enjoy the meal. There are a limited number of tickets available. Supervised children are welcome.
What: Healthy Eating on the Run Workshop and lunch
When: Thursday 15 July from 11.30am – 1.30pm
RSVP: Click here to register.
Dates for your calendar for July:
Wednesday 14 July Coffee & Conversation: Red Baron Café, Symonston
Wednesday 14 July Dinner with a Difference: Laugh Out Loud (child free event)
Remember on I July, DCO are changing to Defence Member and Family Support (DMFS) Branch. Their new name reflects their vision, what they do and who they do it for. While DCO are changing their name, there will be no changes to any of the services or programs offered to ADF members and their families. Find out more about the name change www.defence.gov.au/dco
Over the holidays, contact the all-hours Defence Family Helpline for advice, support or local community information.
Don’t forget DCC have snow gear for hire if you are heading down to the snowfields these holidays. Go to their website for more information. They also have virtual pilates beginning in Term 3. https://www.duntrooncommunitycentre.org.au/
If you have a Defence Bear at home, please look after it over the holidays and return it to HSP Barracks in the first week of Term 3. Don’t forget there are a lot of activities happening around Canberra over the holidays, like ice-skating in the city or Christmas in July. For more information on what to do with the kids these holidays, visit these links https://visitcanberra.com.au/events and https://www.holidayhappenings.com.au/
Enjoy the break with your family and I look forward to working with your children in Term 3.
Defence School Mentor