Upcoming Parent Information Sessions in Yarra

Family Services are very pleased to be offering two upcoming Parent Information Sessions that may be of interest.

Talking with children about the climate crisis on 7th November, 6:30 to 8pm at the Collingwood Town Hall

Talking the talk: Respectful relationships, Human Sexuality and Body Safety on 12th November, 6pm – 8pm at the Collingwood Town Hall.

Talking with children about the climate crisis

Family Services; in partnership with sustainability team, are really excited to be offering a parent information session on Talking with children about the climate crisis. This session is at Collingwood Town Hall on 7th November from 6:30-8pm. This is a free public event; part of our annual parent information talks.

Profession Ann Sanson will be leading this session. We are really fortunate to have Ann run this workshop with us – specifically focused on supporting parents and carers support children with the climate crisis. Ann is a professor in Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne and the Network Coordinator for the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY). She is a developmental psychologist with particular expertise in longitudinal research – she plays a leading role in both the 25-year Australian Temperament Project and Growing up in Australia (the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children).

Please register here: https://climateandchildren.eventbrite.com.au

Talking the Talk: Respectful relationships, Human Sexuality and Body Safety

Vanessa Hamilton will cover the conversations parents and carers need to be having with children on:

· Healthy and respectful relationships

· Body and protective safety

· Positive reactions to normal early childhood sexual behaviour

· Puberty preparation

· Internet safety and more

More information: www.talkingthetalksexed.com.au

Please Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/respectful-relationships-human-sexuality-and-body-safety-tickets-78308808755

Flyers attached.

Climarte: Arts for a safe climate

If not now, then when?

A Conversation on Culture and Climate Action

In collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma’s Bach Project featuring a musical interlude by Yo-Yo Ma

Saturday 9 November 2019
11am – 12.45pm

Kenneth Myer Auditorium
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne
43 Sturt Street, Melbourne (Opposite ABC studios between Southbank Blvd and Grant Street).

Join Yo-Yo Ma and Indigenous leaders, students, artists, scientists and creatives to discuss two important questions:
What must we do in the next 11 years to act decisively to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change; and, how can culture move people from awareness to action to ensure a just and sustainable future for all life on Earth? With representatives from Schools Strike 4 Climate, SEED – Indigenous Youth Climate Network and Student Environmental Leaders alongside Nobel Laureate and CLIMARTE Ambassador Prof. Peter Doherty AO on health and Leader, Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub, CSIRO’s Dr David Karoly.

State Schools’ Relief – a message from the CEO [Term 4, 2019]

Good Morning Principals,

As this year draws to a close, I’d like to let you know about some very exciting new initiatives that SSR will be introducing in the coming months. These include supporting students in need with programs and items such as;

THE MYKI CARD PILOT PROGRAM

Beginning in Term 1, 2020 schools will be able place applications for Myki cards for any students experiencing significant financial hardship, preventing them from attending school due to the cost of travel. Each card will be sent via registered post directly to the school with an initial $100 value. Students will then be able to receive a further two $100 top ups upon completion of a short survey.

The data received from this survey will be critical for measuring the impact of this pilot program and will play a crucial part in obtaining funding to further provide travel assistance to those students that are particularly vulnerable. Please note: these cards will be available for primary and secondary students alike.

SWIMWEAR FOR SCHOOL SWIMMING PROGRAMS

We have listened to schools’ feedback about the cost of swimwear being prohibitive for some families and have added swimwear to our ever growing list of items that we are able to supply directly.  Stock for both female and male styles have been ordered and we will be ready to supply to schools beginning Term 1, 2020 (January).

There will be two styles available;* One piece racer back for girls (navy) and* Lycra trunks for boys (navy)

These bathers are made from premium materials and are guaranteed to survive the rigours of normal wear. Both styles are chlorine proof, piling resistant, offer 50+ UV protection and are breathable/self drying. (Sizes available for primary and secondary students).

WORK BOOTS FOR VCAL STUDENTS

Did you know that SSR also provides work boots for students undertaking VCAL courses? These boots are AS/NZS AS2210.3 certified, comprised of a steel safety toe cap and a lightweight PU sole resistant to most oils, acids and chemicals, have a moulded footbed for maximum comfort and durability and are available black or camel. 

TEXT BOOKS FOR SECONDARY STUDENTS


Available now (Term 4, 2019) SSR is offering reimbursements of up to $80 per book for a maximum of 2 books to assist families struggling with the costs of sending their children to school. Applications can be made for up to $160 (2 books at a cost of up to $80 each). In order to be reimbursed, schools will need to supply SSR with an invoice/receipt detailing the books purchased and their associated cost/s. (Please note: textbook support is available for Term 4, 2019 and Term 1, 2020).

SCHOOL BAG SUPPORT


SSR is now offering assistance with the cost of school bags to the value of $50 (by way of providing a voucher to the uniform retailer). Applications for school bags can be made via our online application portal, as you would with any uniforms items.

Should your school require any assistance with placing applications, please contact our Applications Support team on 03 8769 8400, Monday to Friday from 8.30am – 4.30pm.

All the opportunities for assistance listed above are available to ANY student based on the normal assessment of need conducted within your school. Applications for our assistance can be made by your welfare/wellbeing team (or nominated staff member) through our online application portal.

Again, we will be asking schools to assist us with collecting data, particularly around the Myki program, as this will assist us in measuring the impact of the program and procuring funding to run it beyond the pilot stage.

Should you have any stories that you’d like to share with us, we’d really appreciate it. By sharing these stories it helps to spread the word about SSR so please let us know if you hear of any emotive stories from families/students who have received our support.

In 2020, State Schools’ Relief expects to impact over 60,000 Victorian state school students by providing additional assistance with our new programs & initiatives and we sincerely hope to alleviate some of the additional challenges encountered by families.

As always, please feel free to provide me with any feedback or suggestions for how we can continually improve our service at karzis.sue.a@edumail.vic.gov.au

Warm regards,

Sue Karzis
Chief Executive Officer

YEAR 7 CSEF UNIFORM PACKAGE
The 2020 Year 7 CSEF package has now commenced, with the package consisting of top, pants/dress and a pair of school shoes. Please remember that if a student requires something over and above what is included in the package, an additional welfare application can be placed at any time of the year.  More information (and all downloads) on the Year 7 CSEF package can be found here.

PAYROLL GIVING
SSR’s school liaison staff, Sharon and Filomena, are available to host a morning tea at your school for any interested staff in order to promote our ‘Payroll Giving’ program. Plus, the ladies will bring delicious donuts for all to enjoy whilst they attend.  
For more information head to our website or contact them on the below:

Filomena Garrubba, 0477 561 656
filomena@ssr.net.au

Sharon Sartori, 0477 049 708
sharon@ssr.net.au

FUNDRAISING
Thank you to ALL the schools that have already raised funds for SSR this year. Fundraising is crucial for our organisation to enable us to continue assisting all Victorian students in need. 

If your school is looking for a fundraising idea, why not think about a casual dress day, footy day, sausage sizzle, fun run or even a Topsy Turvy Day (where students can wear their uniforms back to front and/or inside-out!)? These are easy and effective fundraising events and offer great opportunities for all students to get involved.

We have a list of other fundraising ideas to make it fun and simple for everyone – request a flyer today at contact@ssr.net.a

The Yarra Voices

The Yarra Voices is a new Melbourne children’s choir created to provide quality music education and choral experiences for children from all backgrounds.

Lord Somers Camp

The Rotary Club of Fitzroy, in partnership with the OTU Association (Victorian Chapter), proposes to sponsor 2 boys and 2 girls from our school (Year 11) to attend the Lord and Lady Somers Camps. The Camps will run from 4-11 January 2020 and 12-18 January 2020, respectively.

Further information available – please see the attached document.

Please contact Linda Mitchell (Principal) by the end of September if you are interested in attending lindam@fitzroyhs.vic.edu.au

Merri Creek Clean up by Earth Bottles

Earth Bottles are currently running a Clean the coast tour alongside Ash Grunwald (a well know blues musician and co -owner of Earth Bottles) and are launching their next clean up at Merri Creek on October 5th.  All staff and students are invited to come along and join the clean up.

Relay for Life 2019

Melbourne Relay for Life, a 24 hour Cancer Council Victoria fundraising event – will take place at Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park on October 26-27, 2019.

There is still plenty of time for teams to register at relayforlife.org.au and be a part of a memorable experience!

NAPLAN Results 2019

Frequently asked questions – Individual student reports

NAPLAN assesses the fundamental skills – reading, writing, spelling and numeracy – that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. Questions assess content linked to the Australian Curriculum: English and Mathematics. Every two years, students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 take the NAPLAN tests and results provide parents and educators with a snapshot of how students are progressing – individually, as part of their school community, and against national standards over time. Of course, your child’s teacher knows their learning best, but NAPLAN is a useful, objective check at one point in time to see how your child is performing.

When will I receive my child’s NAPLAN report and what will it tell me?

If you are a parent of a student who undertook the NAPLAN tests in May this year, your child’s school will provide you with an individual report of your child’s results. Parents can expect to receive their child’s NAPLAN report from late August onwards, once state and territory test administration authorities have provided the NAPLAN individual student reports to schools. You will see your child’s NAPLAN results for numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation on an achievement scale. The Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 literacy and numeracy assessment results are reported on a scale from Band 1 to Band 10. This scale represents increasing levels of knowledge, understanding and skills demonstrated in the assessments.

How is NAPLAN delivered in schools?

NAPLAN is moving online, with the aim to have all schools transition from paper to online testing by 2021. In its first year of transition in 2018, over 15 per cent of schools participated in NAPLAN Online. In 2019 over 50 per cent of schools undertook NAPLAN Online with some connectivity issues experienced. The objective of moving NAPLAN online is to deliver a better, more precise and more engaging assessment for schools and students.

How do I read the report?

Under each rocket ship, there is a statement specifying whether your child completed each of the assessments online or on paper. This is to address instances when a school taking NAPLAN Online had to provide one or more of the assessments on paper, such as – all Year 3 students nationally who complete the writing test on paper. In some schools, students may have taken the writing test on paper. Regardless of whether students complete the test online or on paper:

  • students are assessed on the same underlying literacy and numeracy skills taught through the curriculum content
  • student results will continue to be measured against the one NAPLAN assessment scale, meaning results of both formats are comparable.

As is always the case, NAPLAN gives only an indication of a student’s performance on the day of testing and the results should be interpreted with care.

Only the most relevant six bands for each year level are shown on the student report. The Year 3 report shows bands 1–6, the Year 5 report shows bands 3–8, the Year 7 report shows bands 4–9, and the Year 9 report shows bands 5–10. The diagrams in the student report also show the range for the middle 60 per cent of students, the national average result and the national minimum standard for each year level. Reports in some states and territories also show the school and/or state average. The report also summarises the skills that students have typically demonstrated in the assessments at each band.

How does NAPLAN help my child?

NAPLAN provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate what they have learnt in the areas of literacy and numeracy. Individual student results show parents how their child performed in the numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation tests.

Your child’s achievements are compared with achievements of all students in Australia, not just with their classmates’ achievements. NAPLAN results can also help parents and students to discuss individual student progress with teachers. Because NAPLAN tracks your child’s progress across Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, it also provides objective information about growth in student attainment in literacy and numeracy.

What impact will the results have on my child’s future?

NAPLAN results provide important information about literacy and numeracy skills that your child is learning through their regular school curriculum. The results complement the other assessments your child does at school. They provide you and your child’s teachers with an understanding of your child’s achievement and progress at the time of the assessments. The information can be used to support your child to reach their full potential.

Some schools may ask for NAPLAN reports, in addition to school reports, as part of their admissions process. NAPLAN assessments are not designed to be a school admission test. However, results may be useful for informing new schools of a student’s needs. If you have any concerns, ACARA encourages you to talk them over with the school.

How does NAPLAN help my school?

NAPLAN is the only national assessment that Australian children undertake. NAPLAN helps:

  • teachers to better identify students who need greater challenges or extra support
  • schools to set goals in literacy and numeracy
  • schools to identify strengths and areas of need in teaching programs
  • school systems to review programs and support offered to schools
  • the community to see average school results on the My School website

NAPLAN also complements other school assessments and provides nationally comparable data to help governments evaluate how education programs are working and whether students are meeting the important literacy and numeracy standards.

Who else will see the results?

Each year, test administration authorities provide schools with results for all students who sit NAPLAN. Schools are encouraged to use the results to inform their planning for improvement across the school. Individual student reports are confidential. No one outside of your local test administration authority or your school will see your child’s report. Average school results are publicly reported on My School (myschool.edu.au). The website is updated with the previous year’s results in the first quarter of each year. My School also allows the community to look at aspects of each school’s profile, as well as to make comparisons with schools that serve similar student populations. Your child’s individual results are not available on My School.

What if the results are not what my child and I expected?

NAPLAN tests assess learning progress in literacy and numeracy. Students are provided with an indication of where their results are located on the common assessment scale. While NAPLAN results can be compared nationally between all students and over time, individual student experiences for any single test may differ and may affect your child’s performance on the day. NAPLAN gives a snapshot of your child’s performance on the days of the assessments and the results should be interpreted with care. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s NAPLAN results, you should discuss these with your child’s teacher, who will have the best insight into your child’s educational progress.

To find out more about NAPLAN and/or the move online, visit www.nap.edu.au

FITZROY HIGH SCHOOL TO SHARE IN $515M MAINTENANCE BLITZ

“We know students get the most out of their education when they have safe, modern classrooms to learn in, and first-rate facilities the school community can feel proud of.”

“The Victorian Government is investing $515 million in our state schools to ensure Richmond students can attend a great local school and get a great education.”

Richard Wynne MP

Year 12 Visual Communication Design Excursions to the Makerspace.

Our Y12  VCD students visited the Makerspace at the Kathleen Syme library in Carlton. The Makerspace is a place where people can come together to use, and learn to use materials as well as develop creative projects. The Kathleen Syme Makerspace has a wide range of 3D printers and a laser cutter as well as sewing machines, work benches, drills, and computers with 3D modelling software installed. 

The visits enabled students to come up with new and advanced ideas for their Unit 4 folio presentations. Some students were able to laser cut their hand-drawn or digitally designed logos and other designs, whilst other students were able to print 3D prototypes of their models they created for their various projects such as game design and figurine development.

Students were able to experience a workshop environment where they had to autonomously work on their projects, prepare their work and ask an in-house technician for assistance. Students learnt about how to prepare and plan for their ideas and get their head around new software so they could use the different machines. 

Students really got to experience the concept of trial and error and were able to adjust their projects accordingly. It was a great experience for all of us and we are very keen and looking into setting up our own Makerspace in the near future at FHS.

Jitske