Children and staff are welcome to come dressed as their favourite book character on Thursday 23 August to help celebrate Book Week. The theme this year is: Find Your Treasure.
To kick start Book Week, the staff will be running the Great Book Swap at the Markets on Saturday 18 August. Parents and children can ‘swap’ a gold coin donation for a pre-loved book. All funds raised will be going towards the Indigenous Literacy Foundation which helps provide much needed literacy resources for Aboriginal children in rural and remote communities.
We would love book donations so please clean out those book shelves and send your books to the front office. We are looking for donations of children and adult books that are in good condition. And don’t forget to come along to the Markets on Saturday 18 August to buy a book, see your favourite teacher and enjoy all the other Book Week activities the Markets will have on offer.
Congratulations to Libby M and Bella M, two of our Year 6 students. Libby was selected as a compere for the Massed School Choir in September, and Bella will be singing two solo parts on the evening.
State Schools Cross Country
It was a beautiful day for running last Friday and our Kyilla Cross Country Team performed exceptionally well. We had our best result ever with the Year 3/4 girls’ team coming an impressive 6th place out of 42 school teams. Ava H, Year 4, placed 16th in her race.
A huge shout out to our fabulous parents who helped set up the tent and supervise students on the day. The bus was running late and we had parents ferrying children to the Cross Country by car so they wouldn’t miss their race. True Kyilla spirit in action!
The School Board have amended the School Dress Code to incorporate navy undershirts. These can be worn under dresses or t-shirts. An updated policy will be available later in the week on the school’s website.
John Carey will be holding a community forum at Kyilla on Wednesday 15 August with regards to the pedestrian crossing at Charles Street. Interested members of the school community are invited to attend. The meeting will be from 6.00pm – 7.30pm in the school undercover area.
Girls Australian School Choir
A representative from the Australian Girls Choir will be visiting Kyilla Primary on Monday 27 August and auditions will be taking place in our music room at 9.00am.
Please see the attached form on the web or please come into the school office to fill out an assessment form and have it handed back into the office by Wednesday 22 August.
Ride Your Scooter To School (Years 3-6)
This Thursday we are allowing students in Years 3 - 6 to ride their scooters at lunchtime. A track will be marked out where students can ride on part of the footpath around the school and inside the school grounds. This is a trial. We would like to also include the Years 1 - 2 students, using a track only in the school grounds next Monday. To participate students must wear a suitable helmet, wear joggers (so have a change of footwear from your slippers!), adhere to one-way traffic and give way to pedestrians.
Naplan Online—School Readiness Test
You may have heard that NAPLAN Online was introduced in 2018, with 274 Western Australian schools participating. Our school will be transitioning to NAPLAN Online in 2019.
NAPLAN online will provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information. Your child’s results will be returned to the school faster, within a few weeks rather than a few months.
This trial, called the School Readiness Test (SRT), will enable us to assess our technical readiness to implement the new online assessments. In addition it will gives us a chance to try out the new national online assessment platform in a real-life classroom environment.
During August students in Years 3 and 5 will participate in a trial of the assessment platform, by undertaking two online readiness tests that include examples of the new NAPLAN online questions. Each test will take about 45 minutes to complete.
Participating in this trial is important as it will help us ensure we have adequate internet connectivity, and whether students have access to sufficient number of devices for NAPLAN Online testing. During the trial, our teachers will have the opportunity to practice managing the classroom logistics for an online assessment and the new test administration processes.
The readiness test has not been constructed to assess curriculum knowledge, but rather to provide students with an opportunity to experience the types of questions that will be included in the new online assessments. As such, reports will not be provided.
Participation in the SRT is a key step to ensuring a successful NAPLAN online experience in 2019.
LET’S TALK LITERACY
WHY WE SHOULD ALL BE READING ALOUD TO CHILDREN
As we prepare to celebrate Book Week next week, I would like to revisit why reading aloud to children is so important. Reading to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world.
Even after children learn to read independently, it is still important for you to read aloud to them. By reading stories that are on their interest level, but beyond their reading level, you can stretch their understanding and motivate them to improve their skills.
Introducing books that are levelled higher than the child can read independently, introduces them to richer and broader vocabulary. Each new word that a child learns, helps to strengthen the architecture of their brain.
Taking the time to read with your children on a regular basis sends an important message: Reading is pleasurable – reading is worthwhile. It forces them to learn new words, to think new thoughts, to navigate the world with words and to build empathy.
With your help, as your children begin a lifelong relationship with the printed word, they can grow into adults who read easily and frequently whether for business, knowledge, or pleasure.
Reading to children also teaches them that from just 26 letters, a handful of punctuation marks and their imagination, they can create worlds they would never otherwise know.
Prefect Fundraiser—Light Up the World
On Thursday 16 August (this week) the Year 6 Prefects will be holding a fundraiser called “Light Up The World”. We are raising money for solar lights that the Year 6’s will be constructing and then sending to African communities that don’t have access to electricity.
We have decided that it’s going to be a pyjama day! Please wear your pyjamas and your hair like when you woke up that morning (as long as it does not distract you during class) and also remember to bring a gold coin donation for this worthy cause.
Year 6 Prefects
From the Library
- Our Book Week Book Fair will be held on Monday 27 August through to Wednesday 29 August, in the library at 8.30-8.50am and 2.55-3.20pm. There will be many fantastic books and treats to purchase!
- We require parent volunteers to help out at the Book Fair for all sessions except Wednesday afternoon. If you can spare half an hour before or after school, please contact Naomi Rollond our Library Officer.
- A big Thank You to all the wonderful parents that have donated library bags. We have more than enough now. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
From the School Office
- There is a P&C Meeting in the staff room tonight at 7.30pm.
- Our Protective Behaviours program concludes this Thursday for our Pre Primary—Year 3 students. The cost for the program is $30.00 per student. If you have not paid your extra cost options at the beginning of the year, please see the staff in the school office to settle this account.
- Massed Choir Festival letters have gone home with all students. Please have your permission slips returned to the office and bus account settled by Friday 17 August, if you have not already done so.