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Keeping up to date with your child's performance

​Year 1 students use an interactive whiteboard to learn.

​We are now officially half way through the term. Over the next few weeks, students will be completing assessment items, while teachers finalise end of semester results and reports. During this part of the semester our class and specialist teachers are working hard to teach during the day and mark, analyse and report on student learning at night. I thank them wholeheartedly for the excellent work that they do and their dedication to their students during this time.

Parent-Teacher meetings:

As you may be aware, Parent- Teacher meetings were conducted late last term. Parent-Teacher meetings provide an opportunity for teachers and parents to celebrate a child’s achievements, provide an opportunity for feedback on their progress, and to develop goals for future learning. These meetings are also a great opportunity to share any concerns you may have regarding your child’s academic or social-emotional development.  We aim for 100% of parents to attend these meetings so that are well informed about how their child’s learning. This week, I sent home an invitation to parents who did not attend the parent-teacher meetings last term to make contact with their child’s teacher as soon as possible to make a time to meet.

Formal Parent-Teacher meetings will be conducted again at the end of next term.  However, should you be concerned about your child’s learning or would like an update on how they are “going”, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher to make a mutually convenient time to meet.

Reporting to Parents:

Report Cards will be issued to parents on Wednesday June 25, 2014.  The Policy Statement: Reporting to Parents (PDF, 114 KB) sets the expectations for the types of information that should be shared with you in your child’s report card.

Achievement scales for your child’s report card are as follows:

  • Prep: Teachers will use the following five-point scale to report student achievement in the Australian Curriculum (English, Mathematics, Science and History): Applying, Making Connections, Working With, Exploring, Becoming Aware and N (Insufficient Evidence to make a judgement).  Teachers will use comments to report on student achievement in the early learning areas of: Social and personal learning; Health and physical learning; and Active learning processes. Teachers will also Report on effort and behaviour using comments.
  • Years 1 and 2: Teachers will continue to use the following five-point scale to report student achievement: Very High, High, Sound, Developing, Support required. Teachers will report on effort and behaviour using: Very High, High, Sound, Developing, and Support required.
  • Years 3-7: Use of the five-point scale: A, B, C, D, E, N. Teachers will report on effort and behaviour using: Excellent, Very Good, Satisfactory, Needs attention, Unacceptable.

Reporting is part of communicating with parents and building the school-parent partnership to improve student learning. School reporting processes should be clear and transparent for parents and the community, so that parents understand:

  • the learning expectations for the student
  • the student’s achievement against expected standards
  • how well the student is engaging with the expected learning
  • how the student may be able to improve.

Should you have any questions or concerns about report cards or your child’s progress, please do not hesitate to ask your child’s teacher.