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10/02/2016
Students are straight into a very busy term and settling well into their new class groups.  As part of our scheduled student monitoring process, students in Years 1 – 6 will complete Progressive Achievement Testing (PAT tests) in comprehension and Mathematics.  These are tests that students complete online and provide detailed diagnostic information to inform ongoing teaching, resourcing and support training.  The information from these tests also provides a means by which student achievement and progress in literacy and numeracy can be tracked and measured across school years.
 
Sound Waves materials continue to be used to resource our school spelling program and all students have been allocated a Sound Waves work book.  An invoice will be sent to all families to cover the cost of this resource, which in the past has been added to the cost of the book pack.  If you receive an invoice for this and have already purchased this text  for your child you will not be required to pay again.  The office will receive lists from teachers to confirm this.  However, if you have any concerns please email our BSM, Joy Lenzinger on jlenz3@eq.edu.au
 
This year the big ticket item on our school improvement agenda will be writing.  Of course, we will continue to value and implement high quality teaching and learning in all areas of literacy, but student achievement and progress in writing will be given an added focus. Teachers will be using the Seven Steps to Writing Success materials, a resource that has proved to be engaging and promote achievement in the quality of students’ writing.  This resource will be used across the school and support the teachers in the implementation of the Australian Curriculum in English.
 
Jo Campbell
 Master Teacher