NAPLAN testing for grades 3 and 5 Australian students will begin soon in all schools. Cockatoo Primary School students will begin the online NAPLAN tests, next Tuesday 14th May 2019.
Much importance is placed on the NAPLAN results achieved by students across Australia by various authority bodies.
The following article was posted in education circles a few years ago and because of the powerful message it contains, I thought that I would share it again with you. Whilst wanting students to do their best and display test resilient characteristics, we should always keep such tests as NAPLAN and the results generated, in perspective. Students are so much more than their test results may reveal. They might be talented in things not being tested and it is these values, care and compassion for each other that is really important.
This letter was penned by a teacher at Barrowford Primary School in England regarding England’s equivalent to NAPLAN –
We are very proud of you as you demonstrated huge amounts of commitment and tried your very best during this tricky week.
However, we are concerned that these tests do not always assess all of what it is that make each of you special and unique. The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you... the way your teachers do, the way I hope to, and certainly not the way your families do.
They do not know that many of you speak two languages. They do not know that you can play a musical instrument or that you can dance or paint a picture.
They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them or that your laughter can brighten the dreariest day. They do not know that you write poetry or songs, play or participate in sports, wonder about the future, or that sometimes you take care of your little brother or sister after school.
They do not know that you have travelled to a really neat place or that you know how to tell a great story or that you really love spending time with special family members and friends.
They do not know that you can be trustworthy, kind or thoughtful, and that you try, every day, to be your very best... the scores you get will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything.
So enjoy your results and be very proud of these but remember there are many ways of being smart.
Testing and later in secondary college, formal assessments are a way of life. It is therefore important that students learn to approach formalised testing with a minimum of anxiety. Please encourage your year 3 and/or year 5 child to meet the NAPLAN tests head on and to try really hard and not give up if there are some challenges met within the tests. Remind them that it is one test on one day that will provide a tiny snap shot of who they are and that we are very proud of them every day.
Mothers’ Day Stall
Thank you, thnak you and thank you to all parents who helped today and yesterday with the stall today. Your response was overwhelming! The few PFA parents who were earlier feeling quite dejected were thrilled to have this support. We have a great community that once again pulled together when needed. Hopefully, this will lead to continued involvement for future PFA fund raising activities.
Earlier in the week I received an email from the International Division of the Department of Education that our sister school will not be visiting our school this year. There was no explanation nor reason provided. If you were thinking of hosting, I thank you for your thoughts and I am sure that 2021 will see a delegation visit Cockatoo and we would love to have your involvement then.