Thank you to our amazing WPPS family, our wondeful P&C team, parents, carers, grandfriends and the wider community who purchased items from the 'Wishing Tree' at Spring Showcase. Nearly $3000 worth of new resources will be enriching the opportunities your child or grandchild experiences in the classroom. We recieved your very generous gifts this morning and can't wait to use them all. After all, new resources for teachers are like press cards for journalists, bonuses for bankers or an expense card for those in sales or marketing. We are all grinning from ear to ear! Thank you very much.
21 Sep 2018
Please be advised we have had a confirmed case of Influenz A confirmed within the School Community.
For more information, please refer to the attached Fact Sheet.
You will be receiving your child’s NAPLAN results this week.
There are a few issues regarding NAPLAN about which I would like you to be informed:
Due to the complexities of comparing the online version with pen and paper tests, results are not available for Principals and teachers to view their results as yet, so we will be unable to answer any questions you may have about your child’s results until results are released to schools.
Following is an excerpt from a DoE email, recently received:
“The transition to NAPLAN online in 2018 has created additional complexity to the required data analysis and reporting. The slight delay in the release of school level data in SCOUT is attributable to ACARA providing the data later than usual and NESA taking longer to reconcile this data and then providing it to the department.”
There have been widely reported issues amongst principals about the individual writing results in particular. At my recent Principal’s meeting, discussion centred around the adjustment made to data to try to align online NAPLAN with the pen and paper version and how this has resulted in significant fluctuations in scores and in most cases in our area, scores are below state average. There is also great concern about the MySchool website. The Primary Principals’ Association has called for a review.
Finally, a word from a recent DoE webinar:
“Take care with the amount of dependence placed on NAPLAN data this year. There is volatility around trend performance, value add and student growth and greater variability at the school level”.
My advice remains as always, is that NAPLAN is a snapshot taken on one day every two years and greater reliance should be placed on in-school assessments and feedback as a valid indicator of what students know and can do and of their progress and growth.
Bronwyn Wilson Principal West Pymble Public School Apollo Ave West Pymble 2073 T: 9144 7584 F: 9988 3875
20 Sep 2018
Dear Parents and Carers,
I wish to advise that today, one of our students found a pin in a banana that she had just peeled. The fruit was purchased outside of the school. I have reported the incident to the appropriate authorities. I would like to reasssure you that the student concerned is safe and no injuries have been sustained.
Can I please urge caution and request that you ensure that all fruit is chopped up before it is consumed.