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Food for thought:
Lent is a time to get our hearts in sync with the heart of Jesus.
- Pope Francis

March 7, 2018: NAPLAN Online
As you know, after our trial last year, St Joseph’s is moving to NAPLAN Online this year. This means that the Year 3 and 5 testing for NAPLAN will be undertaken on iPads (even though the writing test for Year 3 will still be paper-based). The test assesses the same literacy and numeracy skills as the paper version but in an online format. A bonus for students involved in NAPLAN Online is that the tests are tailored, meaning that the test automatically adapts to a student's performance and asks questions that match a student's achievement level, allowing a student to demonstrate their knowledge. This provides teachers and schools with more targeted and detailed information on students’ performance on the tests.

Year 3 and Year 5 students have already commenced preparation for this online testing through general curriculum activities and regular use of technology for a variety of purposes. They are currently being introduced to the specific look of NAPLAN Online testing and will complete an online practice test on March 22 at the same time as other NAPLAN Online schools to ensure they are familiar with the new way of testing and key staff are also well-rehearsed.

One of the advantages of our students competing NAPLAN Online is that their results are expected to come back within weeks rather than months. While NAPLAN is just one of many assessment methods to track your child’s progress, this quick turnaround will mean the results can better inform classroom practice and help advance your child’s learning here at St Joseph’s.

Students and parents of all year levels who’d like to know more about the move to NAPLAN Online are welcome to visit the public demonstration site, where you can take a practice test and learn more about the features of NAPLAN Online.

February 21, 2018: Swimming Carnival
Well done to all who were involved in yesterday’s Swimming Carnival. The MacKillop Team were the overall winners – that makes it two years in a row! It was heartening to see our students give their best and participate in such a positive way. We love to see them being great sports, cheering for their team mates, encouraging others, accepting the challenges associated with a swimming competition and facing their fears. They certainly made us proud.

February 7, 2018: Project Compassion 2018
Students will also receive a Project Compassion box, in which to collect funds for Caritas Australia during Lent. This year the theme is “A Just Future” and we will be talking with the students about the real meaning of justice and how their choices, their words and their actions can help to make this world a more just place. Through your generosity during Project Compassion this year, you are empowering young people to build a just future for themselves, their families and their communities.

For Catholics, Lent is a season of penance, prayer, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday. You might like to download and print a copy of the Lenten calendar below, to help the members of your family to focus on what’s important during Lent.

You might also like to make this Lenten prayer your own in the weeks ahead…
For the times when I have not loved you, I am sorry.
For the times when I have not loved others, I am sorry,
For the times when I have not loved myself, I am sorry,
Loving God, I ask your forgiveness.
Open my mind and open my heart and fill me with your healing peace.

January 24, 2018: Welcome to the 2018 School Year
Greetings one and all! And a hearty welcome to all the new members of our St Joseph’s School community. We look forward to another wonderful year.

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