EXCEPTIONAL 2017 NAPLAN RESULTS
Last week, the 2017 NAPLAN reports for students of Years 3 & 5 were released, delivering exceptional results. This year, the students were extremely well prepared for the rigours of the tests through quality teaching and pedagogy. We can’t forget the great
teachers who continuously strive to assist kids to improve their level of achievement. This week's newsletter includes a snapshot of our 2017 results.
~ The Grammar & Punctuation, Numeracy, Spelling & Writing scores are all above the State and National
~ The Reading score is above the State average, however,
is just below the National average.
What does this mean?:
This information clearly indicates that OLSH students in
Year 3 are performing above that of the average
‘Queensland’ school in all testing areas and above ‘Australian’ schools in most testing areas.
~ The Grammar & Punctuation, Numeracy, Reading, Spelling & Writing scores are all significantly above the State and National average;
What does this mean?:
This information clearly indicates that OLSH students are performing well above that of the average ‘Queensland’ and ‘Australian’ school in all testing areas. However, since this cohort of students sat the Year 3 NAPLAN tests in 2016, there has been a significant improvement in all testing areas!!
This is a wonderful story considering our NAPLAN results in recent years. No doubt these results can be attributed to an investment in resources, professional development opportunities and mentoring, however, the greatest acknowledgement really needs to directed towards the students and teachers for their wonderful and tireless work. Well Done!!
FATHERS DAY BREAKFAST & PRAYER ASSEMBLY - FRIDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER
All Dads, Grandads, Uncles and Brothers are asked to clear the agenda on Friday 1st September to attend the OLSH Father’s Day Breakfast. From 7:30am, bacon and eggs, along with pancakes, coffee and juice will be dished up. More information will be forwarded in the coming weeks.
EMERALD EISTEDDFOD - FRIDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER
I am extremely excited to announce that OLSH will once again be entering classes in the verse speaking competition of the Emerald Eisteddfod on the Friday 1st September in Emerald. The groupings have been organised in the following way to perform the verse speaking: Prep – Year 4 and Years 5 – 6. Permission notes and specific information will be distributed in the coming weeks.
Escape to Everywhere This year we have Freya Blackwood, one of Australia’s most talented children’s illustrators, to thank for our beautiful Book Week theme poster. Her joyous and dream-like scene, rendered in soft watercolours, shows children of different ages and interests travelling by horseback, bicycle and even a pig to join a whale, a mermaid and a flock of fish in the sky. Freya’s work has garnered many awards including CBCA Book of the Year in the Picture Book (2015), Early Childhood (2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015) and Younger Reader (2015) categories and the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal (2010).
This year we will hold our Book Week Parade on Friday 25th of August. Find your favourite book from home or from the library and come dressed in your favourite book character. Each student needs to bring the book with them on the day. Have fun and start planning those dress ups.