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Next week students in Years 7 and 9 (as well as 3 and 5) will be participating in the NAPLAN testing regime. NAPLAN stands for the National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy. Whilst there are many opinions about NAPLAN, it is a well-established, external series of benchmark tests, by which judgements on students, schools and systems can be made. Its results are useful for Saint Ignatius’ staff to reflect on our own practice. Although NAPLAN does provide us with an overall picture of school trends because any test is only done on one day at one particular time, it has its limitations in perfectly reflecting a student’s actual literacy and numeracy ability. In 2022, we also remember that these students did not sit NAPLAN in 2020 because of its Covid-19 cancellation, therefore, this year’s students may not feel as familiar with the tests. The tests will occur at 9:45am (Period 2) as follows:

Wednesday 11 May - Writing
Thursday 12 May - Reading
Friday 13 May - Conventions of Language
Monday 16 May - Numeracy

All students have sat a practice test in March. All the tests for Years 7 and 9 will occur online and it essential that students have the appropriate Locked Down Browser installed. As a College, we respect the tests and wish that our students do their very best but do not concern themselves in the leadup to this event. I take this opportunity to remind students to bring their charged devices and their earphones on the days of the tests and offer this prayer:

Dear Lord

We pray that with the NAPLAN tests happening next week, that our students remember …

  • That NAPLAN does not assess all that makes them exceptional and unique.
  • The people, or computers, that score these tests do not know that some of you love to sing, are good at drawing or can teach others how to use a computer program. They have not seen that some of you can dance with grace or speak confidently to a large group. They do not know how you contribute to your community. They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them when they are sad. They do not know that you participate in sports, help your family or look after your siblings. They do not know that you are caring, thoughtful and that every day you seek do your best.
  • The scores you get from NAPLAN will tell you how you did on that day, but do not tell you everything. They can’t tell you that you improved on something you found difficult, or that you brighten a teacher’s day.
  • To come to school ready to do your best in the NAPLAN tests knowing that there is no test that measures all the wonderful things that make you, YOU!

Amen

Mr Anthony Wentzel
Prefect of Studies – Middle Years

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