Ignatian Newsletter: 2024 - Edition #5

Teaching & Learning

Written by
Kathryn Wilson
Deputy Principal, Teaching and Learning

As we approach the end of term, I would like to take a moment to highlight the slight change we have implemented regarding our reporting system and Parent-Teacher Interviews (PTIs).

This term has presented unique challenges with a relatively short term alongside our usual Activities Week. In light of this, we have made adjustments to our reporting process and PTIs to ensure that we provide you with comprehensive feedback on your child's progress while accommodating these changes effectively.

Reports:
Reports will be available to parents / carers through the portal from 22 April.

ALL (both interim and end of Semester) reports will only be available for you online.
Therefore, I would suggest that you either print a hard copy or save the report as a PDF if you would like to refer to it during your Parent-Teacher Interviews.

Parent-Teacher Interviews (PTIs):
Our first Parent-Teacher Interviews for 2024 will take place when we return in Term Two.

The purpose of these Interviews is to discuss the learning that has occurred in Term One and, in particular, look at the academic successes and challenges that your child may have encountered so far this year.

Dates and Times:
• Wednesday 15 May: 5pm to 8pm (online)
• Thursday 16 May: 2pm to 8pm (face-to-face)
In response to parent feedback, Year 12 parents will get earlier access to bookings (as Year 7 parents did on Mentor Conversations evening).

Bookings:

• Open Wednesday 1 May at 7pm (Year 12)
• Open Thursday 2 May at 7pm (Years 7-11)
• Close Tuesday 14 May at 1pm (Years 7-12)

Locations:

Locations of face-to-face interviews will be confirmed in Term Two.

Appointments:
Appointments will last for 7 minutes with 2 minutes provided for movement from one appointment to another.
If the occasion arises whereby parents / carers miss the 2-week window, then they are asked to contact staff directly. Please do not ask staff in reception to book appointments for you.

Revised School Times:
As a result of the Parent-Teacher Interviews (PTIs) the adjusted timings of the school day can be found below. As you can see, there will be an early finish on Wednesday 15 May and a student free day on Thursday 16 May.

Wednesday 15 May (online)
• 8:25am – 1:15pm: periods 1 to 4
• 5:00pm – 8:00pm: Parent-Teacher Interviews

Thursday 16 May (face-to-face)

• 2:00pm – 8:00pm: Parent-Teacher Interviews

How You Can Prepare: As we approach the scheduled PTIs, I encourage you to take some time to reflect on your child's academic journey so far this year. Consider any questions or concerns you may have regarding their progress, as these PTIs provide an invaluable opportunity to address them directly with your child's teachers.

NAPLAN 2024:

I would like to congratulate all our Year 7 and 9 students for successfully completing their NAPLAN tests last week. The students’ attitude and dedication were exemplary and hopefully the hard work and effort pays off when we receive the results later in the year. Whether our students achieve their desired score or not, taking these tests is a significant accomplishment in itself. We must remember that this is only one step in the students’ journey, and there will be many more challenges ahead.

Student Report:
As a result of the changes to reporting, parents and carers will receive earlier, simpler and clearer information about their child’s NAPLAN achievement. Reports will be easier to read and will provide clearer information about how a student is progressing.

The numerical NAPLAN bands and the national minimum standard will be replaced by four levels of achievement. These will give teachers and parents better information about what a student can do.

Levels of Achievement:
• Exceeding
• Strong
• Developing
• Needs Additional Support

For more information, please refer to theNAPLAN website.