The Weekly Wrap

This week represents National Volunteer Week (NVW) – an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. Volunteering Australia has announced the theme for National Volunteer Week 2019 – ‘Making a world of difference.’

As part of National Volunteer Week, we acknowledge and thank all Craigburn parents and friends who ‘make a world of difference’ and help our school in so many ways – eg garden club, listening to reading, sports coaching, fundraising, canteen, camps / excursions, uniform shop and much more. Thank you for your ongoing support.

NAPLAN was well underway across Year 3, 5 and 7 classes last week and continues into this week. This year is the first year the tests have been online.

As widely reported in the media, and in last week’s news post, there were technical issues at the national test authority which impacted on the students’ experiences – mostly evident in the initial sessions. However, students were mostly accepting of these technical challenges and gave their best efforts despite the interruptions.

Throughout the tests we have sought advice from the national test authority to ensure that students are given the best possible conditions to complete the tests. We are pleased that these problems were not related to our ICT infrastructure. We will wait and see what impact the initial technical issues will have on the integrity of the test results.

We will also be gathering feedback from students at the completion of the test period, seeking their attitudes and experiences to online testing. Our initial observations are that students have been positive to online testing and feeling comfortable working with mobile devices.  

The education system is in a transitional phase, moving from paper based to online tests – with the aim of providing schools with a quicker turnaround to students’ results. Key features have been the change in level of question and the speech function.

It is worth remembering that these tests are supplementary measures to determine students’ learning progress. They combine with multiple forms of assessments, coupled with teacher judgement which focus on a range of important learning skills and dispositions such as creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, problem solving, resilience, persistence and more.

This week, we have landscape gardeners at school who will be planting out natives in the front section of the school adjacent to Murrays Hill Rd.

Best wishes to all for the week ahead.

Regards, Paul, Rob and Nicky

Friendly Reminders

The Week Ahead

  • Monday 20/5
    • NAPLAN continues for students In Years 3, 4 and 5
  • Tuesday 21/5
    • Canteen Special – Hot Potato Day
  • Wednesday 22/5
    • 10.00am Year 2/3/4 Team Assembly in the Hall
    • 2.15pm Reception / Year 1 Team Assembly in the Hall
  • Friday 24/5
    • 2.00pm Year 5/6/7 Team Assembly in the Hall


  • Monday 27th May
    • Governing Council
    • National Reconciliation Week begins
  • Wednesday 29th May
    • School Group Tour
  • Thursday 30th May
    • Senior Choir Assessment
  • Sunday 2nd June to Thursday 6th June
    • Year 7 Canberra Camp
  • Monday 10th June
    • Queens Birthday Public Holiday
  • Sunday 16th June
    • Pedal Prix Adelaide Race 1
  • Monday 24th June
    • Governing Council
  • Wednesday 26th June
    • 10.00am  Year 2/3/4 Team Assembly in the Hall
    • 2.15am    Reception / Year 1 Team Assembly in the Hall
  • Friday 28th June
    • 2.15pm   Year 5/6/7 Team Assembly
  • Friday 5th July
    • Last Day of Term – Normal Dismissal

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Local Parking – Repeat

We would like parents and friends to be extra mindful of the traffic / parking conditions around the school and in particular re the cul-de-sac road apron off Murrays Hill Rd adjacent to the nearby housing estate, as marked on the map below.

The areas marked A and B are designated slip-lanes for entry / exit from the cul-de-sac and are not appropriate for parking as they create dangerous blind-spots for vehicles exiting the cul-de-sac on to Murrays Hill Rd.

Similarly the area marked C on the map is a private community title road allowing only for the width of 2 vehicles. If and when school parents park in this area on both sides, it makes it extremely difficult for residents to navigate out of their own homes.

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