Swim Week and Surf Ed

Swim Week
Students from Kinder to Year 4 are involved in a swimming program in November. The swimming program is conducted by qualified swimming instructors, the children are graded and the sessions are tailored to student needs in terms of improving their swimming ability and competence in the water.

Surf Education
Our Year 5 and 6 students participate in Surf Education at Manly Beach. This is designed to increase the students' knowledge of surf conditions and water safety at the beach.

Student Achievements

To ascertain individual student achievement and learning gains, teachers use a range of assessment procedures including:
  • Recording observations of children’s engagement in their learning and observations of their learning
  • Standardised assessments
  • online testing (ACER)
  • Pre-tests to assist with programming for student needs
  • Post-tests at the conclusion of a unit to ascertain student learning gains
  • Samples of children’s work – children’s workbooks
  • Other testing by specialists, e.g. psychometric to further determine learning needs and develop strategies to enhance learning.

At the end of Semester 1 (Term 2), a report indicating individual student achievement in each of the Key Learning Areas (using a five-point grade scale) is compiled by the classroom and specialist teachers.

A three way interview – parent, teacher and child – follows this for students in Years 1–6.

The Kindergarten report format does not include the grading of students using the five-point scale. The Kinder report looks at the achievement of the students in their first year.

At the end of Semester Two (Term 4), an End of Year Report is written, indicating achievement in each Key Learning Area (using the five-point scale for students in Years 1-6).

There is an opportunity for a parent/teacher interview if requested by the teacher or the parent.

National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)

The National Assessment Program is designed to test the literacy and numeracy learning of all students in all Australian schools in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. The school and parents receive a report for the school and for the individual student in September.

The student’s progress is tracked from Year 3 to Year 5 in primary school. This tracking then continues into secondary school, as NAPLAN is a National Assessment Program.

The students at Blessed Sacrament perform well in these tests and when we compare our school results to that of the State, we are above the State average in all areas, in both Year 3 and Year 5.

Throughout the year the students are engaged in a variety of activities and events to enhance and support their learning. Achievements of students in these events are acknowledged during our school assemblies and in our school newsletter.

Each week at our school assembly, each class teacher acknowledges students’ achievements, and awards are presented to these students.