Our vice captains are Akua Nsiah and Joshua Ram.
We are looking forward to year of strong leadership from our senior SRC team.
We had a very successful Year 12 graduation in term 3 and we wish all our students every success in the HSC examinations. I was very impressed by the major works produced by our students and I know many have applied for university scholarships and some students have already been granted university entrance prior to the HSC.
We are now well into planning for 2015 - innovative curriculum through a digital online. Staff continue to create their curriculum with expert support from Dr Nerida McCredie and our school has been showcased by Google as we implement some amazing learning experiences for our students.
In term 3 I visited Europe and America during my period of leave. I also participated as a student in History at Cambridge university! It was interesting to see how public education in other countries is operating. In England, for example there was intense pressure on attendance and parents are fined if their students miss any schooling. in all countries there was a strong focus on the need for a vibrant public education system and high standards.
Our NAPLAN results indicate that we continue to add value to our students’ progress. Parents will be aware that we have been doing this over many years through intensive literacy courses and allocation of additional teaching time for literacy and numeracy. While ever we have sufficient funding we will continue this program. We are keen to ensure that the education we offer is relevant and engaging to the current generation.
Parramatta continues to grow as a dynamic city with a strong educational hub. We were pleased to see that the University of Western Sydney will have a new campus across the street from our school. We are hoping this will lead to some interesting opportunities for our students.
Dates for your diary for 2015
January 28 – School Resumes for Years 7, 11, 12
January 29 – School Resumes for Years 8, 9, 10
February 19 – Swimming Carnival
March 23 – Year 7 Meet the Teacher's Afternoon
March 31 – Year 11 and Year 12 Parent Teacher Meeting
Thursday April 2 – End of Term 1
Key dates for your diary:
October 13 – HSC Commences for Year 12
October 14 – Vaccinations for Year 7 & 9
November 11 – Remembrance Day
December 9 – Presentation Day
December 17 – End of Term for Students and Staff
Please note the school will close on December 17. Staff have elected to complete staff development out of hours earlier in this year.
Hot, freshly cooked pancakes will be available every second Wednesday morning before school during term 4. And best of all, they will be free. School youth worker Katie McFarlane and volunteers from Young Life Australia will be cooking the pancakes on a barbeque that has been supplied thanks to a funding grant from ClubsNSW.
Breakfast is often described as the most important meal of the day. Students who have breakfast are known to have greater concentration and engagement in class. Whether they have had breakfast at home or not, students are welcome to come and enjoy some pancakes. This is also a great opportunity for students to get to know the youth worker who is available to provide welfare support and friendship to all students, as well as adult mentors from the local community.
The pancake breakfasts will be held on Wednesday mornings in weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10. All students are welcome.
Integrated into this curriculum is a strong focus on literacy and numeracy.
Any student who is performing below the state benchmark is provided with enrichment programs and personalized support from our learning support team.
Our NAPLAN results indicate that we add significant value for all learners.
70% of Year 9 accomplished an expected growth in reading and their improvements are much higher than student growth of the state as a whole.
Students in our school also made good progress in Numeracy as well. 76% of Year 9 achieved the expected improvement in this year’s NAPLAN numeracy test.
We have also invested in a wide range of literacy and numeracy online programs which are integrated into our digital curriculum.
We also continue to integrate the ALERT literacy program into all key learning areas. Our mentor, Sharon Wellard, continues to work with our students on reading and writing. STudents are explicitly taught strategies that are engaging and visually exciting. Many students have indicated that they are grateful that now they understand the core literacy skills and enjoy the multi-sensory approach to their learning.
We have been fortunate to have Commonwealth funding for all these programs and we are hopeful this will continue in 2015.
We are very pleased with the Year 7 digital classes we launched this year.
We are currently working on a new school plan for 2015-2017.
I am sure you would not surprised at our priorities, which focus on:
Arthur Phillip is at the forefront of digital learning. 2014 has seen incredible progress and we have been recognized internationally for the quality and scope of the education we are providing for our innovative and creative students. We are currently being showcased in a Google case study.
Our Students are true digital learners. They work well online and now have access to a very exciting curriculum which challenges their knowledge and skills and allows them to access information from around the world.
We have invested significantly in the development of this online curriculum and our staff have worked hard with Dr Nerida McCredie to customize our digital teaching and learning programs. The teachers have created amazing and engaging programs for their classes.
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