Middle School

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Term 1 Week 8


Assessment Calendars
These can be accessed through the Middle School page on Canvas. Please ensure your children have a copy displayed in a common space in the home and are actively engaged in preparing for their assessment.

Absent for an Assessment
Middle School students who are away from College during a scheduled exam are asked to follow the following procedure:
• Parents/Carers notify the College on the day of the absence, indicating the scheduled exam missed.
• On the day of return to College, students are expected to attend an after school catch up session.
• Students who arrive late to College, after an earlier scheduled exam, are expected to catch up after school on the same day.

Students who fail to present at catch up sessions, as expected, may not be eligible for an alternate opportunity. 

Arriving Early and Afterschool Activities
The College provides supervision of students on campus as part of our care and support for students. The College provides limited supervision for students outside of normal timetabled class time. Formal supervision by College staff in designated play areas commences soon after 8:00am. The Research and NEXT Centre opens at 7:30am each academic day. This centre is open until 5:00pm Monday to Thursday and 4:00pm on Friday. Although College staff are present on campus outside of these hours, their supervision of students arriving before the aforementioned assigned times is limited.  Supervision after the academic day is limited to staff carrying out tutorials in designated classrooms, the Library and extracurricular venues. Junior School students who remain at College after their last lesson should be in outside school hours care (OSHC) and not under the “supervision” of older siblings.
 
Parents and caregivers are reminded that students should arrive at and depart from the College at reasonable times to ensure that your sons and daughters have adequate supervision. Where students are on campus from 7:30am, or after the conclusion of the academic day, there is an expectation that they will be located in one of the above assigned areas.

NAPLAN
Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will undertake the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) Test on Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 May. NAPLAN examines the important skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life; such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy. NAPLAN tests are not pass / fail tests. The results are one of a number of sources of information for parents and teachers regarding student progress at a point in time. These tests are nation-wide and are developed and managed by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

The following structure will be followed in Middle School (Years 7 and 9) for the administration of the NAPLAN tests:
- Tuesday 14 May:  Language Conventions (45 minutes) and Writing (40 minutes)
- Wednesday 15 May:  Reading (65 minutes)
- Thursday 16 May:  Numeracy (Part A: calculator - 50 minutes. Part B: no calculator - 10 minutes).

The tests will be undertaken as a large group in the CEC for Year 7 and 9. The following equipment will be needed by the students to undertake the NAPLAN test:
- 2B or HB pencil
- blue or black pen
- an eraser
- a sharpener
- a calculator.

Regular lessons will follow NAPLAN testing. Please have students bring necessary equipment for these lessons on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Friday 17 May is the designated catch-up day for students who have missed one or more of the tests. Please contact Ms Fiona Dixon, the Middle School Coordinator, if your son/daughter misses a NAPLAN session or if you would like to discuss your child sitting the NAPLAN tests. 

https://nap.edu.au/information/key-dates/

e-Smart Technology
The following link provides Canterbury College families with guidance to the use of social media.  Specifically titled, ‘How is your child using social media? A safety guide for parents’, the website provides pertinent information on teenage social media use, whilst imparting specific knowledge for parents to responsibility monitor their son / daughter’s online activity.
http://blog.interactive-schools.co.uk/blog/how-is-your-child-using-social-media-a-safety-guide-for-parents

Blazers

Blazers are required every day in Term 2 as part of the winter uniform. It is expected that dry-cleaning/mending/replacing happens as soon as possible to ensure all students are ready on the first day of term 2, with the correct uniform. Please consult the uniform policy and expectations in the Student College Diary for further clarification.

FUN FACT: In 1964, an Australian man successfully posted himself in a crate from London to Perth via air freight, which took a total of three days. 

DATE CLAIMER
TAS Sport      Saturday 23 March  (Home)
TAS Sport – FINALS    Saturday 30 March  (various locations)
Interhouse Cross Country    Tuesday 2 April
TERM 1 CONCLUDES    Friday 5 April

Ms Fiona Dixon
Coordinator of Middle School