Around The Campus, Term 4 Week 2 – 2019
Pleasing NAPLAN results contribute to student success
NAPLAN data has assumed a great deal of significance within the current educational landscape.
The media has scrutinised the recent move to online testing very closely, and there has been an abundance of discussion around both State and National results since their release in early September.
Much of the media coverage surrounding NAPLAN has been somewhat unfair, with many schools’ experience of online testing being a positive one. Certainly, the transition to online testing at Cedar this year was smooth, and we must thank everyone involved in ensuring that this was the case, especially supervising staff and the IT Department.
From a results perspective, the performance of our students at Cedar was also very pleasing. Not only was our school mean (or average) above the State mean for every single testing category at Year 3, Year 5, Year 7, and Year 9, our mean results were also beyond the Australian mean within every single testing category as well. Given that the national mean is generally well beyond the South Australian mean, this is a significant achievement.
It is also pleasing to note that the Cedar mean increased from 2018 in 14 out of 20 testing categories, and that the percentage of students reaching the National Minimum Standards set within NAPLAN increased or remained the same in 18 out of 20 testing categories.
Therefore, while our overall results compared favourably to both State and National means, it is also the case that our school results have improved from 2018 to 2019. Not only this, but the students who completed testing with us two years ago have, on average, demonstrated impressive growth between NAPLAN resting periods, and this has always been the case at Cedar College.
We continue to be blessed with diligent teaching staff who work tirelessly to develop the literacy and numeracy skills of our students, and these skills continue to be reflected in the outstanding results that our Senior students achieve in their final years of schooling.
Mr Tim Maddern, Director of Curriculum
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News and Notices
Student Free Days – Term 4
Please note that Friday December 6 is a Student Free Day for all students.
The final day for High School students is Thursday December 5, and for Primary School students is Wednesday December 11.
Full Summer uniform must be worn by all students from the beginning of Week 3.
Hats are compulsory for all students in Term 4 and Term 1. The Uniform Shop will be open on Thursday of Week 3 from 3.00pm – 5.30pm, in addition to the normal Monday and Wednesday trading hours.
Operation Christmas Child
Filled shoeboxes should be returned to the Front Office by Friday October 25.
The cost of shipping the box is $10, and this can be paid online or included in the box itself.
2020 Parent & Student Agreement Forms
All families will have received an envelope containing their 2020 Parent & Student Agreement Forms, as well as Medical and Instrumental forms, this week.
Parents/caregivers are required to update and return these forms in readiness for the new school year. Please read, fill-in and return these forms by Monday October 28.
Term 4 Tuition Fees
A reminder that Term 4 tuition fees are due by Friday of Week 2 of this term, or as an approved payment plan.
If you make a payment directly to the school’s bank account, please include your Family Reference Number (shown on the Fee Invoice, which was sent to you) so we can ensure that the payment is allocated correctly.
Please also be aware that we require a full term’s notice of an intention to withdraw a student from the school. Families that fail to give adequate notice will be required to pay one full term’s fees, as per the Enrolment Agreement.
Mr Jeff Thorpe, Business Manager
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