Throughout the last couple of weeks all of our students have participated in the annual Student Attitudes to School Survey. The information collected via this survey will be most valuable and useful in efforts to continue to improve the college. Students were advised to be open and honest in their appraisal of the college, encouraged to adopt a positive approach to the questions and to take the opportunity to assist our school to continue to improve.
Our students in Years 3 and 5 have been learning how to complete NAPLAN tests. It is important for students to understand the test conditions and also the style of questions they are required to answer. Information sheets were sent home to families of Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students last week. If you did not receive one please let the school know and we will send another copy home. Today the Year 3 and 5 students sat a practice NAPLAN Reading test. They all showed the qualities which are required to positively participate next week.
On Monday May 2nd, forty students from year 7 to year 12 will travel to Stawell for the Black Ranges Athletics Carnival. I would like to wish them the best of luck in their endeavours and I know they will display the college values while they represent the college. Mrs Jo Baker has organised a very competitive team and we look forward to sharing the results in the next newsletter.
Students need to eat healthy food. This needs to happen regularly throughout any school day. A good breakfast followed by a healthy lunch and plenty of snacks throughout the day. Growing students need to be ‘fuelled up’ so they can cope with the rigours of a full day at school.
We are running a breakfast club on a Wednesday morning to assist with this. It is a huge success with around 90 students attending. I wonder if we need to run it each day. Continue reading “Eating Healthy”
Next week is Naplan testing week. The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It has been an everyday part of the school calendar since 2008. All students in these year levels are expected to participate in the tests.
NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. The areas tested are reading, writing, language conventions, (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken nationwide every year.
Murtoa College has had good NAPLAN results in the past. We would like to continue to make these results publically available on websites such as www.myschool.edu.au. It is really important to ensure that all students in these year levels participate in order to continue this proud and positive trend. Please see www.murtoasc.vic.edu.au/2016/04/naplan/ for more information.
Congratulations to the Thirty-two young people who were presented to the community last Friday night at the 2016 Lions Club Deb Ball. The students looked terrific and performed their dances with distinction. The 16 debutantes and their partners and all the people from the Lions Club who went out of their way to make this night a special event need to be thanked.
Thank you to Roy and Thelma Henwood who trained the students to perform the dances. Thank you to their assistant Mrs Sheryl Jordan. Thank you to Mrs Merrilyn Koch who was master of ceremonies, Mrs Melinda Keel who was the presenter of the debs and partners, and to Mrs Bernie Delahunty who was the pianist.
Dunmunkle Cross Country (Year 4-6 students)
Last Friday saw the Dunmunkle Cross Country championships held at Rabl Park and around Marma Lake. Our year 4-6 students competed and did very well. I would like to thank the staff and friends from Our Ladies Help of Christians school and the staff from the other schools, Marnoo, Minyip and Rupanyup along with the Murtoa staff for their efforts in making the competition run smoothly. Please see the article later in the newsletter with all the results.
Congratulations to Fergus Schier who is this year’s Ken Daggett Award winner. The Ken Daggett Memorial Award was established in 2012, in annual recognition of a senior student at Murtoa College who embodies the qualities displayed by Ken Daggett and other Returned Services personnel.
It is awarded to a student who lives in the local area. Fergus was part of the Anzac parade at Rupanyup. He also spoke at the ceremony and received his award from Gayle Daggett-Emmett as part of the RSL service.
Last Monday was ANZAC day. I would like to thank all the students and families who represented Murtoa College and showed a mark of respect at whatever dawn or morning ceremony they attended.
The college group carried the Australian flags and marched with the veterans. The services attended by students and families in Murtoa, Minyip and Rupanyup had student representatives lay a wreath. Thank you to all for your efforts and ‘LEST WE FORGET’.
It was fantastic to see so many students and families attend ANZAC Day services across the region yesterday. It allows us the chance to share some very sad, but important stories which have helped to shape our nation. Well done to those students who attended in uniform to represent Murtoa College, it is a credit to you and your family.
On Friday our 10 year old, 11 year old and 12/13 year old Foundation to Year 6 participated in the 2km and 3km cross country events. The students started the races at Rabl Park and ran around Lake Marma to the rotunda. Cross Country is one of my favourite events, due to the qualities it relies on students to draw on, including resilience, persistence and determination. We had some fantastic results including the following students who have been invited to compete at the Black Ranges Cross Country on Tuesday 3rd May in St Arnaud: