NAPLAN Testing – Years 5, 7 and 9

As you are aware NAPLAN testing begins next Tuesday 9 May  and concludes Thursday 11 May – with all students in Years 5, 7 and 9 participating. 

Please note NAPLAN testing is national standardised testing that has been developed as a diagnostic tool so teachers can develop a stronger understanding of students’ learning needs.  Schools engage with the results so they can respond to students’ learning needs through programming and teaching strategies.  The testing should be approached in this light and we request that you reinforce this message to your daughter.  We have noted that some students, particularly those in Year 9, are becoming anxious about the testing due the alignment to the HSC Minimum Standards introduced for the 2020 HSC.  Please reassure your daughter that achieving a Band 8 in NAPLAN in Year 9 is the first opportunity to meet the minimum standards.  In fact, we do not expect that every student in Year 9 will be at the Band 8 level at this point in time.  There will be multiple opportunities throughout Years 10, 11 and 12 for students to demonstrate that they have met the standard with the support of their teachers and the school. 

Please find attached two letters (attachment 1, attachment 2) from NESA  addressed to Year 9 students and Year 9 parents and issued last week.   If your daughter is in Year 9 it is advisable that you engage with the content of these letters and discuss the letters at home.  Additionally, we request that you reassure your daughter and reinforce the message that the students have been receiving at school.  Students have been familiarised with the format of the papers and the nature of the questions in NAPLAN during their English and Mathematics lessons.  Any preparation beyond this is unnecessary. 

Please view  a recent clip developed by NESA regarding the introduction of the HSC Minimum Standards and NAPLAN testing.  This has also been shared with Year 9 students. 

We wish your daughters well next week in the NAPLAN testing and thank you for your support with this matter.  

Ms Kieryn Bateman

Acting Director of Learning


Dates to Remember –  Term 2  2017

Years 7-11

Academic Plenary Meetings

Friday 5 May 2017

1:00pm – 7:00pm

Various classrooms


Monday 8 May 2017

3:30pm – 7:00pm

School Gymnasium


To make your bookings:

  1. Go to the PTO Login page 
  2. The PTO booking site will open. Tick OBTAIN PIN/PASSWORD and enter the email address that you have provided to the school as your contact email which should be the address at which you received this information. Your individual PIN will be emailed to you.
  3. Full instructions for making your bookings will appear on your screen.
  4. Print off your booking confirmation and check the times booked.

Years 5, 7, 9


Tuesday 9 May 2017

 Wednesday 10 May 2017

 Thursday 11 May  2017

Year 12

Assessment Block 1

Monday 15 May 2017 –  Friday 19 May 2017

Please note that due to scheduling constraints Assessments may fall outside of the block. Students are issued with Assessment Task Notifications and advised of any revisions to the schedule.

Assessment Block 2

Monday 29 May 2017 – Wednesday 7 June 2017

Please note that due to scheduling constraints Assessments may fall outside of the block. Students are issued with Assessment Task Notifications and advised of any revisions to the schedule.

Year 10

Year 11 2018 Subject Selection Evening

Tuesday 13 June 2017

Students attend with parents

Deirdre Rofe Centre



Dr Prue Salter – Study Skills Handbook Newsletter – May 2017

Dr Prue Salter  –  Enhanced Learning Educational Services

You can log into the  Study Skills Handbook website  with the following details – Username: loretonh and  Password: loretonh


Some of the most common arguments at home (related to schoolwork!) lead to statements like this:

  • “Stop playing computer games and do your homework.”
  • “I told you, get off your phone, I can see you are on Facebook.”
  • “Why haven’t you started your homework yet?”
  • “What do you mean you have no schoolwork to do?”

If these are common refrains in your household there are some simple steps that can be taken to deal with this.

Step 1: Family meeting. Both students and parents get a chance to explain what is bugging them.

Step 2: Agree on how much time will be allocated to schoolwork per day or per week.

Step 3: Agree that during this time homework will be the first priority, then assessments and any remaining time should be spent on independent learning (e.g. reviewing difficult work, making summaries).

Step 4: Allocate set times for schoolwork and write these out and put them on the fridge e.g. Monday 4-5pm, 6-6.30pm.

Step 5: Agree that in these blocks of time, there will be no personal technology use (preferably phones switched off and put out of sight).

Step 6: Decide on rewards and consequences if the agreement is not honoured.

There are many units that can help you specifically with these areas. For example:

DEALING WITH CONFLICT – strategies for conflict resolution.

TIME MANAGEMENT SKILLS – find out the recommended amount of time to spend on schoolwork, learn more about independent learning and print weekly planners.

DEALING WITH DISTRACTIONS – strategies for managing technology addictions.