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From the Head of the Middle School (Issue 4 - 2016)

Written on the 24 March 2016

Literacy Development
At the end of last year we undertook a thorough analysis of our data in terms of how our boys are and have been performing in literacy and numeracy; this involved looking at both comparative and growth data from 2011-2015. As expected, our boys in numeracy (generically) are well ahead of state and national averages and pleasingly there has been outstanding growth in the area of reading - both of these areas were recognised by ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority) themselves. Whilst this is very pleasing, the data also revealed that we need to improve in some areas, namely writing and the skills connected with this including spelling and grammar.

To assist in these improvements we have developed a multi-layered strategic plan which includes using our current staff skill base to demonstrate good practice, working with CESA (Catholic Education SA) as part of the 'Literacy Network Project' and finally employing the services of an external consultancy, Cue Learning who have tailored a package of 'Master Class' sessions (facilitated to both whole staff and smaller group sessions) designed to meet our specific needs. Our work with Cue Learning will be trialled over the next two terms and I will be seeking detailed feedback from staff given that this is a significant fiscal investment for the school which aims to assist in the lifting of literacy standards aligned with writing.

Pilgrimage
From April 3-26 I will be participating in a Marist pilgrimage (this includes Weeks 10 and 11 this term). The pilgrimage begins in the Holy Lands with considerable time spent in and around Jerusalem before travelling to Marist headquarters in Rome and ending in Lyon where I will have the opportunity to walk the footsteps of Marcellin Champagnat. I am thankful for the opportunity to participate in this experience and look forward to sharing with you my reflections when I get back.

Have a happy, safe and Holy Easter.

Tim Mullin
Head of the Middle School

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