Thursday, 6 September 2018

Dear Parents, Students and Friends of St Patrick’s College

The benefits of standardised testing are often keenly debated around NAPLAN testing time.  As an educator I believe it certainly has its place in education.

It should never be used to compare schools or develop league tables and only provides a small piece of an individual’s picture. However it does inform the College how effective some of our programs are and if they are contributing to authentic improvement in student outcomes.

In the past 18 months staff have worked tirelessly reviewing and revamping the curriculum and teaching and learning in order to improve the numeracy and literacy skills of our students, especially those in the Middle School and Croagh Patrick. 

NAPLAN results for both Year 7 and Year 9 would certainly reflect that we are moving in the right direction, with improved results across both numeracy and literacy. Research has shown that there is a high correlation between positive outcomes in Year 9 NAPLAN results and success in senior education.

Soon, parents of students who participated in NAPLAN testing will receive their child’s results. I encourage you to not read these in isolation but to consider your child’s overall ongoing development.

Last Thursday saw the inaugural Boys @ Work event, organised for Middle School boys and their fathers or other significant males. The night was an amazing success creating much discussion between fathers and sons while making flat packs and wheelbarrows.  These items will be sold with profits going to Vinnies.  See a full report on page 12. A truly energising evening!

All the best to the Year 12 students and staff involved in LAP IT UP 2018.  24 hours of swimming, biking and running all for such a great cause. Thank you to all students and staff involved in this worthwhile event.

Last night saw our parent presentation by Andrew Fuller.  It is always interesting seeing and learning different points of view and strategies for dealing with the youth of today.  Thank you to those parents who attended this worthwhile presentation.

Students will shortly be advised of the new Mobile Phone Protocol.  To summarise, student mobiles will no longer be permitted in class in the hope of aiding their ability to concentrate on the learning task at hand.  Indeed I have also made the commitment to the class I teach, to leave my mobile phone in my office in order to give the students the full attention they deserve.

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God Bless

Mr Tony Daley