We are anticipating that reports for Semester One will be sent out towards the end of next week. These reports will be unlike our normal semester reports as Covid has impacted on the teaching and learning program quite significantly during Semester One. All schools across Australia are using different report models to those that we would normally use as it would be unfair to grade students during this very turbulent time on scales that could not be justified or for students to be given the opportunity to demonstrate. We have taken both the advice of Catholic Education and the WA School Curriculum and Standards Authority and are following their recommendations with the reporting format.
The Semester One reports will only show a judgement of learning for Religion, English and Maths. Students will be either at the expected level for their grade or working towards that level. Students on IEP's or modified programs will continue to be reported against those criteria. To allow the new format for Semester One to work, the general comments will also include a literacy and numeracy aspect to ensure the 2020 Semester One format is seen as a very separate process than what is normally compiled.
Further information will be sent out with reports to help parents understand how teachers have determined the grades and the opportunity to touch base with the class teacher in Term Three regarding their child's progress.
The end of Term Two will be next Thursday, 2 July for all students. Staff will be undertaking a professional development day specifically looking at student and staff well-being.
The intention of the day is to develop a well-being strategy that will help guide decision-making and planning into the future. The beginning of Term 3 will commence with a staff PD day on developing our school Vision for Learning with students commencing on Tuesday 21 July.
As there are only 4 days left of Term 2 we will continue pick up and drop off procedures as have currently been in place for the remainder of the term. We only received the revised education guidelines earlier today regarding Stage 4 processes and procedures and feel that for the 4 remaining days of keeping the current status quo will assist parents and children alike. Further information will be sent separately regarding how these changes will affect our school in Term 3 and beyond.
Earlier this week it was announced that I have been appointed as principal of St Simon Peter's school in Ocean Reef from the beginning of 2021. I wish to acknowledge the kind words spoken about me by the School Board Chair Chelsea Lim in her announcement to staff and the school community.
I've been extremely privileged to have led this wonderful school since early 2014 and I feel that this is an appropriate time for someone new to continue the Saint Kieran journey. The process for the new principal appointment will commence shortly and members of the staff and school board will be integral in the process. It is expected that the appointment process should be finalised towards the middle to end of Term 3 and parents and staff will be informed of the successful candidate once the process has been completed.
Peter Cutrona | Principal
The Ice Cube challenge pits Year 6 students and materials together in determining which container and how it is constructed answers the big question, what is the best way to keep my ice cubes from melting?
Congratulations to the four students whose ice cubes lasted the longest!