12 Mar 2021
Time is flying as we fast approach the end of Term 1.
We are working hard as a team in the development of our 2021-2024 School Improvement Plan. As always, our vision and strategic planning are always underpinned by the impact we can have on student learning. Our 3 focus areas will be centred around improvement in student reading and numeracy; the delivery of quality assessment through a positive learning culture and the whole school processes that support the wellbeing of all students in order that they can connect, succeed, thrive and learn. We look forward to sharing our plan with our families to ensure we continue to strengthen the strong connections and positive relationships we share with our EHS community.
Often in this forum, we like to remind both parents and students about the importance of wearing the appropriate uniform and upholding the strong values we share as representatives within the greater community. On this occasion we would like to take the opportunity to thank our wonderful families in your enthusiasm and support in ensuring this culture continues. Whether it be inside the school gates or out in the community, our students look incredibly sharp, wearing our uniform with great pride. Thank you once again for your amazing support.
Next term, Engadine High School will be implementing our new Mobile Phone Policy, which aims to address the growing concern mobile phones play in the disruption to learning and social development. We look forward to be presenting this Draft Policy at the upcoming P & C meeting and gaining support from our parent body in these areas. As always, we will endeavour to keep our families well informed along the way and ensure these new processes are clear and explicit when the policy begins.
As COVID restrictions begin to ease, it is fantastic to see so many extra-curricular activities being organised to enrich the learning of our students. Already we have been to Jamberoo, the International Women’s Day Breakfast, knock out sports are back and camps for Years 7, 8 and 9 are in the planning stages. Our staff work incredibly hard to provide these opportunities for our students and we would like to acknowledge these extra efforts teachers go to, to make these learning experiences happen. When notes are distributed, we encourage all families to complete, sign and return them as soon as possible, to ensure the final steps in organisation can be completed in a timely manner.
NAPLAN testing will resume in 2021 for Years 7 and 9, between May 11 -19. This year these tests will be completed online, and students will be encouraged to try their very best, as this provides the school with valuable data to assist in the development of school planning and ensuring the needs of our students are addressed explicitly. A mandatory ‘practice testing’ window will be held during week 10 this term as students will be guided through the processes and become familiar with the online testing procedures. Please do not hesitate to contact the school, should further information regarding NAPLAN and support be required.
Nathan Redmayne and Lisa Waygood