VTAC Applications

A reminder to Year 12 students and parents that the VTAC applications close on 30 September at 5.00 pm. Please ensure you submit your application by the deadline. For more information please go to www.vtac.edu.au

Regards

Viviane Chemali Careers Counsellor

Business Start-up Boot Camp

What solutions can be found to help solve the problem of affordable housing in Melbourne for young people? In September, Unit 3/4 Business Management students were challenged to develop solutions to this very real issue. As part of a full day Student Start-up Bootcamp run by the Melbourne Innovation Centre, students were taken through a program to develop entrepreneurial ideas. They then used the skills they developed to brainstorm different solutions to housing affordability for young adults. This program combined many of the concepts the students have been exploring in VCE Business Management, and allowed the students to apply these concepts in a real scenario. The group engaged keenly with the learning activities and shared their creativity and enthusiasm freely. The solutions found were diverse and exciting, and may be the start of something interesting. Thank you to David at Melbourne Innovation Centre for this terrific opportunity for our students.  

Lucy Shaw

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

Model UN Conference in Italian

On the 9th of August three senior students from Fitzroy High proudly attended the Model United Nations Conference hosted at CO.AS.IT resource centre in Carlton. The topic for debate was Combating Climate Change: Committing to global action. More than 60 students representing more than 15 countries took part in this initiative.
A UNAAV Model UN Conference simulated a full-day session of the United Nations General Assembly. The day was conducted entirely in Italian and through role play and debate students had the opportunity to step into the shoes of country ambassadors. Tallulah Thornton-Lawrence in Year 11, Holly Pyers in Year 10 and Breanna Botterill in Year 11 from Fitzroy High represented Canada and used their negotiation and diplomacy skills to express the views of their allocated country. Students interacted with other delegates during the caucus sessions, presented their allocated country’s position to the General Assembly and moved amendments to a Draft Resolution.

To find out more please visit: https://unaavictoria.org.au/get-involved/unaav-young-professionals-network/

Real Industry Job Interviews (RIJI) at the Fitzroy Town Hall

Participating in the RIJI mock interviews in early July was a worthwhile experience for Year 9 students. We started preparing early Term 2 as part of one of the five rotations of our Connect program. We had to find an entry level job and then respond to the ad by creating a cover letter and resumé. This was a lengthy process due to all of the editing and refining we had to go through in which teachers revised our work. On the day of the mock interviews, we brought our documents and our interviewer asked us many questions (most of which we were prepared for). This was an opportunity in which only a few schools have the privilege to participate. We highly recommend that the upcoming year levels attend this day, we promise you won’t regret it! We now feel more prepared to enter the workforce and have gained more interpersonal skills.

Emily Blood and Ella Shaw, 9Y

Semester One Reports Available

Semester One student reports are now available through the usual ‘Reports’ tab on Compass. If you have any problems accessing your report, please contact your advisor when school re-commences on Monday the 15th of July.

Three-way conference will be held on:

  • Monday the 29th of July for Years 7-10, and
  • Thursday the 8th of August for Senior Programs

Booking information will be provided early next term.

We hope you have a happy and safe school holiday break.

Koorie Academy of Excellence Mid-Year Intake (Years 7-10)

Koorie Academy of Excellence (KAE)

The Koorie Academy of Excellence (KAE) is excited to announce that it will be running a mid-year intake for students to join the North-West Metro KAE.

Applications will open during the upcoming 2019 Term 2 school holidays for students currently enrolled at a north-west metro government secondary school. Positions will be available across a number of year levels, including year 7, year 8, year 9 and year 10. Unfortunately, KAE is unable to offer positions for students studying year 11 and year 12.

Please contact your Koorie Academy Liaison Officers (KALO) now to submit an expression of interest and to receive an application pack for a student to apply. Feel free to spread the word throughout your networks to those who you think may be interested.

KALO contact information:

Tyson Austin
Mobile: 0447 698 331
Phone: 03 9084 9152
Email: austin.tyson.r@edumail.vic.gov.au

Sharna Colgan
Mobile: 0457 527 642
Phone: 03 9084 9148
Email: colgan.sharna.l@edumail.vic.gov.au

For more information, please refer to the:
KAE press release
KAE newsletter
VAEAI website

Year 9 Connect Program

As an ex-student, it was an absolute pleasure to come back to Spensley Street and see all my primary school teachers. I haven’t been back in a few years and it was great to see how  things have changed since I’ve been gone.

Connect is a class that all Year 9 students complete at Fitzroy High. It involves different programs such as visiting organisations where we learn about what kind of things are going on there and we can decide if we are interested in volunteering there later on in the year

It’s essentially about connecting with community members and helping out those in need.

This term, Year 9s have been to Salvation Army where we learnt about homelessness and how it affects the lives of more Australians then we think, Yarra Youth Services to find out about sports, art and cultural programs, and Spensley Street where we got to help out in the classrooms. After each excursion we reflect on what we have learnt, how we helped out and how we could help out in future.

When I returned to Spensley Street I was reminded how important primary school was for me and I realised how valuable the Connect Program is for us and the wider community. I’d like to thank Spensley Street, teachers and students, for welcoming us into the classrooms and helping us learn about the community and how things work at Spensley Street.

Alex Castles Krusec 9Y

Our class experienced a taste of volunteering in various sectors of the workforce; specifically education, youth services, humanitarian, and aged care. The Connect program helps us experience different parts of Melbourne and our community and how it all comes together. It was nice to experience a different part of our community while visiting Ruckers Hill Nursing Home, talking to residents who enjoyed our company.

At times it was a confronting and challenged us to communicate in a different way with people who have aged care needs, such as dementia. We heard different life and work stories from the residents, some of which were; a London toy maker, a furniture removalist, a physiotherapist and activist, and a pilot. Overall it was fun but a rewarding experience. 

Spensley Street Primary School helped us connect to younger children and their teachers, helping out in the classroom, music, art or with physical education. We really enjoyed visiting Spensley Street, being with young children is a very uplifting and fun.  Our next step is to focus on a charity sector that we are interested in and try to find our own volunteer experience for five weeks in term 3.

Rahima Toukhsati and Peru Renkin 9Z

NAPLAN 2019

Dear Parents, Carers and Guardians,

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) 2019 for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students will be held on Tuesday 14 May, Wednesday 15 May and Thursday 16 May 2019. NAPLAN tests assess student knowledge and skills in Writing, Reading, Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Numeracy. The results of the tests provide information for students, parents, teachers and principals which can be used to improve student achievement.

All students are expected to participate in the NAPLAN tests. During test week, catch-up tests will be available for individual students who are absent on test days. These students may undertake catch-up tests on the days in the test week after the scheduled test, up to and including Friday 17 May 2019.

Support can be arranged for students with disabilities, if the student regularly uses similar support for classroom assessment tasks. Large print, braille, electronic and black and white versions of the tests are available for students that require them. Exemptions may be granted to students with significant intellectual disabilities and to students who have been learning English for less than one year. If your child is eligible for support due to disability or an exemption, you should discuss this with his/her year level or team leader prior to the tests. Parental consent is required before any support due to disability or exemption is granted.

Students may be withdrawn from NAPLAN by their parent or carer. This is a matter for consideration by parents and carers in consultation with the principal. If, after consultation, you decide to withdraw your child, you must sign a Student Withdrawal form. These forms are available at the school from the beginning of Term 2.

Later in the year you will receive your child’s personal NAPLAN report. The report will describe

your child’s particular skills in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and

punctuation) and Numeracy. The report will also show how your child performed in relation to national minimum standards. These describe the minimum acceptable standards for students across Australia.

I am confident that the information you receive as a result of your child’s participation in the NAPLAN tests will be valuable in helping you to assess your child’s progress in literacy and numeracy.

For more information about the tests, please visit the VCAA website at www.vcaa.vic.edu.au, the NAP website at www.nap.edu.au and view the NAPLAN Brochure below.

Yours sincerely,

Linda Mitchell,
Acting Principal