On May 14th, 15th and 16th students in Year Three and Five participated in the annual NAPLAN test. These tests are nationwide and provide an insight into student performance under strict testing conditions over three days. Whilst we analyse the results of these tests to help build a picture of students in differing testing scenarios, we are very much aware that student learning evolves in varied ways for all students. These tests are not the only reflection of learning or performance. At McKinnon PS we maintain a focus on holistic learning which represents the progress of the whole child over time. We offer a breadth and depth of curriculum that is not represented in the NAPLAN tests and we are constantly assessing student performance in a range of settings and curriculum areas. If you or your child is experiencing any concerns regarding NAPLAN, please contact your child’s teacher.
Years Three to Six students participated in the House Cross Country competition on Wednesday 8th May. The run was held at McKinnon Reserve. The students ran in age group competitions. All students were encouraged to participate and not give up. Students were also awarded house points for participating. We would like to congratulate Moylan House on winning the overall prize.
STUDENTS’ ATTITUDE TO SCHOOL SURVEY
Over the next few weeks, Mr Moncrieff will be visiting our Year Four to Six classes to find out what your child thinks of our school, in the interest of improving student engagement, wellbeing and quality instruction. This process will be conducted as an online survey, offered by the Department of Education and Training. This will assist schools in gaining an understanding of students’ perceptions and experience of school. Our school will use the survey results to plan programs and activities to improve your child’s schooling experience.
ENROLMENTS FOR 2020
We cannot believe that we are already thinking about student enrolments for 2020 but the time is creeping up on us. If you have a child who will be starting Foundation in 2020, may we please ask that you drop off your completed enrolment form to the school office.If you know of a family who is wanting to join the McKinnon community in 2020, we encourage you to remind them to call the office to organise a school tour. Further information on our enrolment process is published on our website at: https://mckinnon-primary.vic.edu.au/enrolments-2/
MOTHER’S DAY STALL
On Friday afternoon the Foundation students put on a show to celebrate mothers and special friends. After a wonderful performance, everyone made their way into the Foundation classrooms for a jam-packed afternoon of craft, scones and laughter. All in all a very special and fun afternoon for all involved. Thank you to all the mums and special friends for your support and enthusiasm, the students were very excited to show you a snapshot of what they have learnt so far.
The McKinnon PS Mother’s Day stall was a huge success. We would like to extend a big thank you to Florence and all of the volunteers who spent countless hours ordering, sorting, wrapping, and presenting a wide range of gifts for our students to choose.
Thank you again for all that you do and we hope you had the happiest of days on the 12th – we wouldn’t be here without you.
TRANSITION TO YEAR SEVEN
The transition process to secondary school for our current Year Sixes has now begun. Students have been sent home with information about the transition process and a transition form to fill out, outlining preferences for secondary school. Please read the information carefully and fill out the form completely. This form is due back to your child’s teacher no later than Friday the 17th of May. If you have any questions about the transition process, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.
PLEASE FOLLOW THE ROAD RULES AND HELP KEEP OUR CHILDREN SAFE
Over the last couple of weeks, we have had a number of parents/carers and neighbours very concerned about drivers ignoring the road rules. It appears that some parents/carers think it is okay to park in the middle of the road, stopping traffic in both directions and letting their children run through parked cars to get to their car. This is very dangerous and we urge all road users to follow the road rules. If you see a car not doing this please call the council to alert them of this unsafe driving behaviour. The council number is 9524 3333.
COMPASS INFORMATION EVENING IN CHINESE
Mr Meng hosted an information evening about navigating Compass and finding information. The presentation was delivered in Mandarin and allowed families to ask questions regarding the use of Compass on an everyday basis. It was very successful with over 25 parents attending. We will endeavour to run one each term. Mr Meng also introduced the We Chat group for Chinese families to connect, simply by scanning a QR code.
Have a great weekend
Simone, Ben and Suzanne