OnDemand Testing

Dear Parent/Carer

Our school currently uses On Demand testing to provide our teachers with insights into your child’s literacy and numeracy development. Following a request from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA), which is responsible for the development of On Demand, I am informing you of our school’s participation in a project to review the On Demand tests. This review will involve the equating of students’ On Demand test outcomes with the school’s NAPLAN data. Towards this end, the school will grant the VCAA permission to collect our On Demand data.

The data collected will contain test results and associated student details from On Demand assessments at our school for 2017. Our data, along with data from other schools will be used in a one-time linking process between On Demand and NAPLAN results held by the VCAA to form a single dataset. This dataset will then be anonymised and used to review the performance of the On Demand Tests. All identified data collected will be destroyed at the completion of the process and there will be no release of any school or individual results or personal details as part of this work.

This work will benefit our school by further enhancing the reliability and accuracy of the On Demand tests.

For more information about the On Demand Testing Calibration Project, please click here for FAQ's

Yours sincerely,
Linda Mitchell
Assistant Principal

Free Online Program for Parents of Teens and Tweens

Parents want to raise teenagers who are respectful and responsible, happy and confident. But, helping your teen navigate adolescence can be stressful and unpredictable.

Researchers at The University of Queensland are excited to offer Australian parents of pre-teens and teens (aged 10-16 years) the opportunity to try a brand new online parenting program for free as part of a research trial. The program for free is based on the successful Triple P: Positive Parenting Program.

We are looking for parents who are experiencing conflict with their teenager or have concerns about their behaviour. You will be asked to complete questionnaires to help test the effects of the program.

To find out more please click this link

School Term Dates 2017

Term 1: 30 January to 27 March 

Term 2: 13 April to 26 June

Term 3: 13 July to 18 September

Term 4: 5 October to 18 December

House of Muchness

House of Muchness is a centre for local, extracurricular workshops in drama and theatre and live art-making. HOM is contemporary and wholistic, valuing inclusion, diversity, storytelling, artistic decision-making and arming young people with cultural agency. 

More info about philosophies and practices can be found at: www.houseofmuchness.com 

Please click on ‘FLYER‘ for 2017 Workshop Program information.

 

Alex Walker
House of Muchness
0413 994 428
info@houseofmuchness.com

Thunderstorm Asthma: Supporting Students

Thunderstorms have been linked to epidemics of asthma, especially at the end of Spring, when grasses are flowering.

An asthma attack can be life threatening. Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call 000.

Anyone with a known history of asthma is at risk of experiencing an exacerbation of their usual symptoms at this time.

In addition, people who do not usually experience symptoms of asthma but have a history of allergies may be at increased risk.

The common signs of asthma are difficulty in breathing (gasping for air), chest tightness and wheezing.

If a child’s condition is deteriorating, parents or guardians should seek urgent care.  Signs of rapid deterioration include little or no relief from a reliever inhaler, inability to speak comfortably, or lips turning blue.

People with asthma should continue to use their usual medications. Where possible, stay inside when the weather is windy with high pollen counts or dust.

 Actions Required:

If a child is experiencing symptoms, notify their parents immediately (if you require advice, call Nurse on Call in the first instance, 1300 606 024).

If the child’s symptoms include wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing, call 000.

For any child having an asthma attack, follow the instructions in their Asthma Care Plan (required for any child who has asthma, under the Department’s asthma policy).  If an Asthma Care Plan is not available, follow the four-step asthma first aid, which is: 

1.  Sit the person upright and give reassurance – do not leave them alone.

2.  Without delay, give the person four separate puffs of their blue/grey reliever medication (such as Airomir,   Asmol, Bricanyl or Ventolin). If using a puffer (like Ventolin or Asmol), this should be taken one puff at a time through a spacer. Ask the person to take four breaths from the spacer after each puff of medication.

3.  Wait four minutes. If there is little or no improvement, repeat steps 2 and 3.

4.  If there is still no improvement, call 000 for an ambulance immediately. Repeat steps 2 and 3 continuously while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.

 

Additional information

 For details of schools’ requirements to support students with asthma, see:

 

  For more information and resources in supporting asthma sufferers, see:

 

 

 

Dr Jenny Proimos

Principal Medical Advisor

Early Childhood and School Education Group