Maharishi School, Reservoir: Newsletter #13

Principal’s Report
Dear Parents and Students,
NAPLAN Results
Last week I received our school’s 2016 NAPLAN results and the Individual Student Reports for our Year 3 and 5 students. These were mailed to relevant families on Friday.

After analysing each student’s result and the overall school results in Literacy and Numeracy, we are delighted to share with you that the outcome of this National Assessment Program for Maharishi School is that our Year 3 & 5 students have per-formed above the state average in all five areas assessed – Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar & Punctuation and Numeracy.

Most Years 3 & 5 students performed well-above the expected level of achievement with quite a few being assessed at least two bands above the expected range for their age. This is an outstanding result for our school and we believe reflects the greater emphasis we have placed in catering to the individual needs of our students this year. However, credit goes to all the teachers of our students both this year and in previous years who have contributed to the development of each of the children in their care.

We are proud of our students and the school’s overall achievements. It is reassuring to know that most of the results reflect the teachers’ own assessment of each student and that so many of our students are excelling in their academic development.

PFA Meeting for All Parents
I’d like to remind everyone about the PFA Meeting this Thursday 25th August at 3.30pm.
It would be fabulous to get a big turnout as the PFA will be discussing the upcoming events that have been planned for our school community.

In addition, it will be a valuable meeting for parents, as I will be joined by members of our school’s Board (Dr Tim
Carr – Chairperson MGANL & Peter Fenwick – CEO of MGANL) to discuss a range of matters with you.

The Sporting Schools Program (Basketball) will be running between 3.30 – 4.30pm so if child-minding is an issue for you, please see Suzi at the office to register your child’s attendance.
We look forward to seeing all families represented at the meeting.

We have arranged for a Chess Masterclass to be conducted at our school on Wednesday 31st August, thanks to Kerry Stead from Northern Star Chess. Kerry will run a demonstration class for students who have shown interest in participating in upcoming tournaments.

Steve Charisis

Library News
Book Week Activities
Tuesday 23rd – Thursday 25th – The Scholastic Book Fair will be in the library.
Parents, Grandparents are all welcome to purchase books or donate a book to the school library.
Book Week Costume Parade – Wednesday 24th August. Come dressed as your favourite book character. We are asking all
children to bring a gold coin donation to be donated to the Make a Wish Foundation.
Book Week Colouring-in Competition – Come up to the library to grab a colouring sheet with this year’s theme Australia! Story Country.
Boggle Competition – make as many words as you can using the letters found in the library.

Calling all Writers!!
Andy Griffiths Writing Competition 2016! Calling on all Andy Griffiths fans to write an imaginative short story. The theme is “Living in a Treehouse”.
Please see Mrs Burnham if you are interested. Writing assistance will be available during Lunchtime Library Sessions. All
welcome to give it a go!

Premier’s Reading Challenge
Don’t forget to add your books online – Reading Challenge closes 7th September.

National Literacy and Numeracy Week 29th August – 4th September
National Literacy and Numeracy Week (NLNW) is an annual event promoting the importance of literacy and numeracy to future learning, life participation and work opportunities.

Reading is a lifelong activity, people of all ages read! ‘Catch-a-Reader’ gets students to draw pictures or take photos of people they ‘catch’ reading. Digital technology and media can be used to make posters to display around the school. I am hoping that students will get involved in this activity and create a display in the library.

Book Week Character Parade
How exciting to see everyone dressed up as their favourite book character! Thank you to everyone who participated and put so much effort into making the costume so memorable. Thankyou also to the parents and family members for coming and supporting the students, It was lovely to see you all at school. We were lucky to have many original and classic book characters this year. The teachers also out did themselves by dressing up as their favourite book characters and the morn-ing was deemed by everyone to be a great success! Happy Book Week!