Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands
The students and staff are stars. This week we have been very fortunate to have Dan Paris from Paris Photography spend two days capturing thousands of moments that reflect our wonderful school and its charism. I am very excited and looking forward to sharing the finished product with you. Dan’s comments on his time here were: “I’ve never met a group of kids that are more comfortable in front of the camera. You can tell they are really happy to be in school which is a reflection of their teachers and Principal.”
Mrs Jess Joseph and Mrs Julia Waller participated in a Brightpath webinar this week. Brightpath is an assessment tool where teachers compare a student’s performance to the calibrated exemplars and decide which exemplar it is closest to in terms of the skills being assessed or which two it falls between. Brightpath provides exemplars in a variety of writing genres such as narrative, oral narrative, recount and persuasive.
This semester schools across the country have had significant disruption with teaching and learning programs. As you are aware, the disruption began during week seven of last term where many students began to stay at home. School then changed to a week spent testing and experimenting with online learning, and then school closed a week early. Term Two began with online learning for three weeks, at school or home. Online learning meant that teachers did not know how much assistance children received on tasks, so the assessment was not valid. Therefore, teachers have only had a few weeks of accurate data to base grades on (week four to nine). Teachers have been asked to be cautious with their grading due to the validity of the data.
The School Curriculum and Standards Authority have amended the Semester One 2020 reporting requirements. Schools are required to provide parents:
- The information which gives an accurate and objective assessment of the student’s progress and achievement, report on the curriculum taught and for which teachers can make a fair and reasonable professional judgement regarding student progress. Schools are not required to report student achievement using the A, B, C, D and E.
- Schools should include some information regarding affective domains such as attitude, behaviour, and effort.
At Loreto reporting will focus on all areas of the curriculum (excluding Italian), using the three-point student progress scale:
- Above Expected Level
- At Expected Level
- Working Towards Expected Level
For Personal & Social development the following key will be used
Lastly, every child will be given a General Comment which will focus on the areas of Religion, English and Mathematics.