The state government last year announced its Investing For Success (I4S) initiative that will see extra federal funding going directly to schools to support children’s literacy and numeracy skills. This initiative continues on with the work started under Great Results Guarantee (GRG), but with significantly more funding. Our school will receive $30,825 (TBC) towards supporting our children’s learning.
As under GRG, we will aim to have every child meet the NMS or we will develop a plan for each child who is going to need assistance to meet the NMS. We are also going to aim for every child in Yrs 5, 7 & 9 to improve on their previous NAPLAN results. Even with our outstand NAPLAN results last year, we had a couple of children who actually went backwards in one or two areas of NAPLAN and that is not acceptable. There can be reasons for this such as sickness on the day, but we need to make sure that we are living up to the “E” in our YES Message, “Every Student Succeeding Everyday”. Unfortunately, I can’t guarantee that we will get the same fantastic NAPLAN results we got last year, but it won’t stop us from trying J. As I’ve always said our successes are about the individual children, have we helped them achieve their best and that is what we will continue to do.
What can you do to help at home? As always, be informed; come to P&C meetings to put your thoughts forward about our school’s I4S. Parents of those children who will need a plan will be asked to sign off on the plan. When you read the plan with your children’s teacher/s, ask questions, so you fully understand what we will be doing to support your children and how you can support them to reach their best. Finally, encourage your children to put in their best. This is a challenge for everyone (staff, parents & the children) that will require hard work.