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2022 NAPLAN Results

The National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is the annual assessment, held in May of each year, for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. The tests cover skills in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation and numeracy. The school’s results reflect the targeted strategies implemented and dedication of our teachers over the last 18 months.

There has been significant improvement in our Year 9 results, especially when compared to network and similar school averages.

Numeracy

  • 22% higher than network schools
  • 40% higher than similar schools

Reading

  • 44% higher than network schools
  • 27% higher than similar schools

Writing

  • 22% higher than network schools
  • 5% higher than similar schools

I congratulate the students for the positive approach they took when undertaking these assessments. Year 7 and 9 students were provided with their NAPLAN results on Thursday 8 September. Parents/guardians who did not receive a copy of these results are welcome to contact the General Office.

Year 9 Connect Program

Head over to the Middle School report to see what has been happening.

 

Karen Dean
Associate Principal, Staff Development/Leadership

Exams are approaching

Students in Years 9 -12 will soon be undertaking their Semester 2 Exams.

Here are some revision tips to help alleviate the stress associated with exams:

  • Start early. Starting your revision early means you can spread it out and avoid last-minute panic.
  • Make sure you know the format, length of exam and what you are allowed to bring into the exam for each subject.
  • Find a revision method that works for you.
  • Test yourself.
  • Teach someone else.
  • Complete any revision sheets or practice exams given to you.
  • Do as many past exam papers as you can.
  • Space out your revision and take breaks.
  • Look after yourself.

The Tutor Learning Initiative

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic over the last two years, the learning of some of our students was disrupted. At Fairhills, we have used some funding to engage tutors to provide targeted teaching to some of these students identified as needing support.

We have been fortunate to have Liv, Bec, Isabel and Sandra working to support students from all levels with their literacy and numeracy. Each week they have worked with classroom teachers and small groups of students to help the students improve and grow their understanding.

Many students have welcomed the extra support provided and benefited from the tutoring sessions. The support has been offered in cycles of approximately 8 weeks. Data is collected at the beginning and the end of the cycles and we have been very pleased to see the growth in ability and confidence of our students.

Learning Intentions and Success Criteria

Our teachers continue to provide the students with clear Learning Intentions and Success Criteria for each lesson.

Learning Intentions are descriptions of what learners should know, understand and be able to do by the end of a lesson.

Success criteria are the measures used to determine whether, and how well, learners have met the learning intentions.

The purpose of these are to ensure all students know what they are going to learn, where they are heading and can determine if their learning has been successful.

High Ability Program

We have nine students in Year 8 who have been given the opportunity to participate in 10-week online extension and enrichment programs, in English and Mathematics.  The virtual program, delivered by Virtual School Victoria, focuses on extending and developing students’ mathematical and English abilities. Well done to our students participating in this.

Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series

The Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series provides funded extension activities for students in Victorian government schools from Prep to Year 12. Within the series, education expert partners are delivering an array of incursions, excursions, webinars and online programs across all areas of the curriculum that are free of charge.

The range of activities available can be seen at: https://arc.educationapps.vic.gov.au/eventhub/channels/VCES

If your child is interested in participating in any of the activities, please have them see Michelle Nickels.

 

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