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In this edition:

Pupil Free Day - Friday, May 1st

Our staff team need instruction with our new reporting software so we will be having a Pupil Free Day on Friday, May 1st. We have communicated this via Facebook, our School App, the School Sign and this newsletter. We hope that is sufficient warning for parents to plan the day with their child at home. 

Also up on our Facebook site is the web page to book your child into our Before and After School Care Program if you should need that facility. Please keep in mind that this service will NOT proceed unless minimum numbers are reached. If you want to use this service, it is in your best interests to do so as soon as possible. 

The staff look forward to their new learning in our report writing. The reports will look different this year due to the change in policy at the government level which has seen the old software retired. Lots of the same comprehensive information will still be available, with a new look and some new features also included in the package.

Reports Online

If we can sort through the technical aspects, reports will most probably be given to parents in soft copy in June. This basically means that parents will be given log-in details to our school portal and your child's report will be downloadable onto your device in PDF form. We will give parents the option of requesting hard copies, but strongly urge all parents who are able to use the soft copy feature to utilise it when the time comes.

More information will follow, but please prepare for a new system which does not include hard copy issues of reports to parents. We are continuing to move to an electronic environment which replicates an 'on demand' approach befitting the times.  

NAPLAN Coming Up - Grades 3 and 5

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) 2015 for our Years 3 and 5 students will be held on Tuesday, 12 May, Wednesday, 13 May and Thursday, 14 May 2015. NAPLAN tests are 'one-off' tests held Australia wide which 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 about student achievement. The NAPLAN tests provide a 'snapshot' of individual student achievement on a particular day on a particular test. Whilst the majority of students tend to perform at around the level that would be expected of them, some students inevitably have 'good' or 'bad' test days and as such may perform above or below their usual level. Hence, whilst they are usually similar, the individual NAPLAN results may not always match previous school-based assessment information.

The results of the tests are released later in the year, and information provided about our students at the Year 3 and 5 levels will be used by teachers at Lara Lake as part of the overall assessment of these students. The most significant information for the school, however, is the data recording our school and cohort performance over many years (called trend data) so we can see where we are improving or identify areas for future improvement. This data is intensively analysed by the Leading Teachers and their teams and this analysis has led to prioritization of resources and changes of practice at Lara Lake over a period of time.

For more information about the tests, please visit the VCAA website at www.vcaa.vic.edu.au or the NAP website at www.nap.edu.au

School Uniform 'Wish List' for Photo Day

17/04/2015 - 4:15pm

School photos are an opportunity to capture a wondrous childhood moment frozen in time. In years to come, your family can sit and reminisce about life at Primary School. When children are not...

Kinder Visit

17/04/2015 - 4:06pm

Two Prep teachers will be going to the kindergartens next Tuesday 21st April to visit and introduce Lara Lake Primary School to the kindergarten children in preparation for Prep 2016 tours of the...

Entertainment Books

17/04/2015 - 4:02pm

The Entertainment Books are due to arrive Monday 20th April (today) and will be handed out by Wednesday, all going well.
If you receive a book and DO NOT wish to purchase it at a cost of $55...

NIRODAH Counselling Service

17/04/2015 - 3:44pm

NIRODAH’s ADVANCE Program provides an easily accessible service to the community by utilising the Medicare Mental Health Rebate System to place psychologists/social workers into schools and...

Grovedale College Information Evening

17/04/2015 - 3:21pm

If you wish to view Grovedale College, please access the attached information.

Lizard Lounge

17/04/2015 - 3:18pm

The Lizard Lounge is a quiet area for students. It is also a tactile place for students. Therefore, the lifting, searching under and building with rocks is fine. We want sensible and safe use of...

Prep Dentist Visit

17/04/2015 - 2:52pm

The Preps had a visit from two Dental technicians. They were checking the children's teeth and looking for signs of decay. If a child had a hole in their tooth they were given a referral to see a...

ANZAC School's Commemoration Service

17/04/2015 - 2:46pm

ANZAC School’s Commemoration Service is being held in Johnstone's Park, Geelong on 24th April 2015
The School Captains along with Mr Creece, or delegate, will represent Lara Lake Primary...

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