General School News

Junior School - Coins for Missions - exceeding our target!

As part of our Missions Fundraising commitments for 2017, Junior School participated in ‘Coins for Missions’ this term. All classes from Kindergarten to Year 4 were encouraged to do jobs at home in order to earn silver or gold coins for Missions.

 

Today we revealed our grand total raised: $2,563.15 - our target was $2,000, so this was an amazing effort by Junior School families and staff!

 

Our top fundraising classes were:

  • 4G
  • 4W
  • 3D

 

The money raised by Junior School will go to the following mission projects:

  • Uganda Divine Junior School: Bibles and a water tank
  • Vietnam: operations for children

 

This fundraiser provided an opportunity for the students to show compassion and release finances to those in the world less fortunate than ourselves.

 

LAST CHANCE Opal Cards - Cranebrook and Jordan Springs

As you may be aware, we have been lobbying Busways for a direct bus to Cranebrook, to include Jordan Springs, for the past 12 months. Our requests have been declined by Transport for NSW due to the lack of students residing in these suburbs having an OPAL Card.

 

This is a final reminder that Busways will very soon be conducting a review of student numbers. It is critical that we have ALL students residing in Cranebrook and Jordan Springs apply for a free student OPAL Card.

 

Please go to transportnsw.info/school-students to complete an application.

Uniform Matters - 2018 Fittings

Due to the large number of students requiring uniforms at the same time, it is very important to have uniforms organised ahead of time to ensure availability and to avoid long queues and delays. Ranier recommend students starting in the New Year to come in and see us early to organise their school uniform. They understand that the students are growing and will always allow for growth when fitting your child. CLICK HERE for extended opening times.

HSC Stronger Standards Review: Online NAPLAN Testing

One of the initiatives from NESA’s HSC Stronger Standards Review was the introduction of a minimum standard in Numeracy and Literacy achievement as a requirement for being awarded the HSC. The current Year 9 cohort will need to achieve a Band 8 in Reading, Writing and Numeracy to be awarded their HSC in 2020. 

 

In order to facilitate the achievement of the Band 8 (where this is not achieved in the Year 9 NAPLAN), there will be two opportunities a year to attempt an online test in the areas where individuals have not already achieved the Band 8.

 

In November we will have an opportunity to trial the new online system for NAPLAN testing. These tests will not be graded, but will provide students with an opportunity to experience the test, in an online situation, in preparation for next year when they will be able to sit the NAPLAN tests.

 

We are still in the planning stages of determining how to facilitate these tests, so we will provide more information about the test dates and administration early next year. 

 

For this year, it is important for those students who did not achieve the Band 8 to know that this is not the minimum standard for Year 9, but for the HSC. They will have time to study and develop their Literacy and Numeracy skills over the coming years and have the two opportunities a year to achieve the minimum standard.  Students do not need to achieve a Band 8 before they begin their HSC studies, and they may even complete their HSC year before achieving the minimum standard. If this is the case, students will continue to have opportunities to attempt the online NAPLAN tests for five (5) years after they complete their HSC. 

 

I have spoken with Year 9 students about the new NESA requirements and about how they will achieve the minimum standard over the course of the next few years. I have shown Year 9 the NESA video, explaining the process for them, and given the NESA-published handout providing the information students need about the way forward for their HSC.

 

You can CLICK HERE to access the Flyer

 

You can CLICK HERE to watch the video

 

Ms Corrine Robinson

Assistant Principal – Teaching and Learning

Technology & Creative Arts Showcase 2017

On 26 October we are showcasing an exciting exhibition of student work from the Technology and Creative Arts Departments. All PCS families are invited to experience the high quality projects that our students have been working hard on throughout this year; projects include a sample of HSC works.

 

There will also be live music and drama, and food available for purchase (produced by our Food Technology classes), so come along and enjoy the night from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm. Click here for more information or CLICK HERE TO RSVP