Year 7 and Year 9 students will complete NAPLAN Testing on Tuesday 9th May – Thursday 11th May. Friday 12th May will be used as a catch up day for any students who might miss a test.
NAPLAN testing for Secondary Students will be in the Harmanis Building commencing at 8.40am. Students should arrive in plenty of time on these days.
Students will need to bring 2B Lead pencils, an eraser, a pencil sharpener and a calculator (numeracy only). The students may also wish to carry an unmarked clear water bottle.
Students in Year 10 – 12 will all sit exams during Term Two. These assessments are significant indicators of student understanding and progress. Students should be preparing specifically for exams at least three weeks prior to their scheduled date. This is study that is additional to homework set by the classroom teacher. Study might include:
• completion of class exercises
• note taking
• concept maps
• practice essays
• review of term tests and assignments
• completion of past papers (at least three/subject)
• assistance from the classroom teacher
At school we have talked to students about exam preparation. They are aware that many aspects other than the acquisition of knowledge and skills are critical in exam success. Students are encouraged to eat healthily (the notion of food to fuel the brain is quite popular in literature), get some daily exercise and sleep about eight hours each night. Parents might be able to support our senior students in this regard. In addition, ensuring that your son or daughter has some leisure time (or down time) is also helpful. Part of free time should be screen free as chances to completely disconnect are important.
We have switched to formal winter uniform now that Term Two has begun. We seek the support of the parents in ensuring that students follow the expectations surrounding uniform standards. The guidelines are outlined below.
- Students must always wear the correct uniform according to the season and the event
- Uniforms must be neat, clean, in good condition and well fitting
- Skirts and dresses may not be worn any more than 5cm above the knee
- Students must uphold the uniform standards when wearing the St Andrew’s uniform outside the school grounds
- Sports uniform may only be worn on days when a student has sport classes in their timetable
- Items of sporting uniform may not be worn with summer or winter uniform (For example, students may not add a tracksuit top to summer dress)
- Shoes must be black leather, lace – up. Suede, canvas, heels and platforms are not acceptable.
- Sport shoes should be predominantly white in the Primary School and only school colours in the Secondary (navy, royal blue, white)
- Hair is to be neat, clean and off the face. Extremes of colour and style are not acceptable. The Principal and Heads of School reserve the right to deem particular styles unacceptable and request immediate change.
- Girls’ hair which is shoulder length or longer must be tied back. Hair clips, ribbons and ties are to be navy, white or royal blue. Other hair adornments and head dresses are not permitted
- Boys’ hair length must be above the collar at all times.
- Students are encouraged to wear a school hat or cap for all outdoor activities and these are compulsory uniform items for all physical education classes. Other non – uniform hats/caps are not permitted
- For girls, jewellery is restricted to a wristwatch and one pair of earrings. Earrings must be plain gold or silver studs or small sleepers. These are only to be worn in the ear lobes (one in each ear).
- Boys may only wear a wristwatch
- Students will be asked to remove any jewellery which does not satisfy this guideline. Unfortunately, in this circumstance, security cannot be guaranteed
- Students will not be able to wear any jewellery during sport
- Makeup may not be worn to school
- Boys must be clean shaven at all times
- Tattoos may not be visible
- False nails are not permitted and nail polish is only permitted if it is a natural nail colour.
- Casual dress days are held intermittently. On these occasions students are still required to dress appropriately for timetabled activities. Closed footwear is essential.
- The school back pack is a compulsory uniform item. Other back packs may not be carried to and from school
Uniform Infringements are now being communicated directly to Parents through ENGAGE. You can see on your dashboard if your son or daughter has been spoken to by their Form Teacher regarding uniform matters.
The ENGAGE Parent space has been open to parents since the middle of last term and we will continue to expand its applications throughout the coming year. Recently we have linked “Uniform” messages directly to parents. The same will shortly be true for homework concerns.
If you are yet to access your ENGAGE space please contact either
Amanda Carwell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Leanne McTavish (email@example.com)
and we will reprovision your account to allow access. The ENGAGE site provides notifications and feedback relating to student assessment results, classroom resources, information about courses and homework that has been set by the classroom teacher. In addition, parents will receive your student reports through the ENGAGE site this Semester.
Ms Leanne McTavish
Head of Secondary