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Introduction,About the Annual School Report, St Angela s Primary School is registered by the New South Wales Education Standards Authority. NESA as a member of the Catholic system of schools in the Diocese of Parramatta. The Annual School Report provides parents and the wider school community with fair accurate. and objective information about various aspects of school performance and development The. Report describes achievement of school development priorities in 2018 and gives information. about the 2019 priorities, This Report is a legislative requirement under the Schools Assistance Act 2008 and the Education. Amendment Act 2004, The information in this Report is complemented by the school website where other school. publications and newsletters can be viewed or obtained from the school. St Angela s Primary School Castle Hill Page 1,Key Messages. I am proud to present to you the 2018 Annual School Report for St Angela s Primary School. Castle Hill St Angela s Primary School is dedicated to the education of students from. Kindergarten to Year 6 We believe that the students are at the centre of all our endeavours and. through effective teaching and learning we aim to allow them in the spirit of our school. motto to Let their Light Shine Our challenge as educators is to build a learning community in. partnership with the home and parish which models relationships based on. mutual respect, the affirmation and welcoming of individual differences.
sharing and forgiveness,collaboration and support,generosity. gratitude and service, Our educational endeavours combine so that our students will be confident life long learners. who are encouraged to serve others and to embrace the fullness of life in their society as they. become effective global citizens Our school motto Let Your Light Shine inspires the whole. community to live our unique life journey with joy and self belief. We are pleased with the continual progression of our children s education at St Angela s Primary. School through all aspects of the school s teachings from spiritual through to personal and to. academic excellence All this is achieved through a strong leadership team and an excellent. teaching staff, We have also enjoyed a good working relationship with the school through our ability to be. involved in many aspects of the educational program In 2018 we were invited to attend regular. meetings where the school was able to discuss and demonstrate educational principles in today s. teaching practices We had the opportunity to visit the classrooms every term and attend regular. liturgies which were run by the entire student body There were many arms of the parental. helper framework including canteen fundraising literacy group helpers as well as Mothers Day. and Fathers Day activities These gave parents a chance to be involved at the level that suited. Our children enjoyed the comfort of a rich learning environment along with well manicured. surroundings which helped to enrich their experiences and form the basis of a real love for. education The entire staff was approachable through open lines of communication and we felt. that we were always abreast of all happenings throughout the school as our children. Let their Light Shine, The students at St Angela s Primary School contributed in so many ways to the life of the school. while developing their leadership skills All students took a role in grade assemblies liturgies and. school celebrations, The Student Representative Council SRC provided the students with the opportunity to.
communicate their concerns make suggestions and give ideas for improving their school. The student body embraced our motto of Let Your Light Shine through a culture of faith fun and. The Year 6 students led the school in an ANZAC Day memorial service and through the Buddy. program helped Kindergarten children settle into school life Year 6 students were actively. involved in providing leadership and were role models to all students in the school. St Angela s Primary School Castle Hill Page 2,Who we are. History of the school, St Angela s Primary School was established in 2001 with an enrolment of 70 children in. Kindergarten and Year 1 and seven staff members to build the educational curriculum In 2018. there were 21 classes from Kindergarten to Year 6 with an enrolment of 603 students and a staff. The school was named after the founder of the Ursuline sisters St Angela Merici and since its. beginning the spirit and writings of St Angela have been shared with the community. Location drawing area, The school is located on Harrington Avenue in Castle Hill and draws students from Castle. Hill Kellyville and beyond It serves the parish of Our Lady of the Rosary Kellyville which is. pastored by the Franciscan priests,St Angela s Primary School Castle Hill Page 3. Workforce Composition,Category Number, Number of teachers who hold teaching qualification from a higher education 32.
institution within Australia or as recognised within the National Office of Overseas. Skills Recognition AEI NOOSR guidelines, Number of teachers who have a bachelor degree from a higher education institution 0. within Australia or within AEI NOOSR guidelines but lacking formal teacher. qualifications, Number of teachers accreditated to teach Religious Education 31. Number of teachers currently undertaking accreditation to teach Religious Education 1. Number of non teaching staff includes teachers aides 10. Percentage of teachers who are indigenous 0,The average teacher attendance for 2018 95. Percentage of 2018 teaching staff who were retained from 2017 97. Catholic Identity and Religious Education,St Angela s Primary School Castle Hill Page 4. Catholic Identity and Religious Education,Prayer Liturgical Life and Faith Experiences.
Faith experiences at St Angela s Primary School were enhanced by the children s reverence and. an understanding that there were special times to communicate with their God The children. prayed daily and had opportunities to share faith experiences with their parents at liturgies such. as Mothers Day and Fathers Day, Major liturgical events in 2018 included Reconciliation opening and closing masses for the school. year and whole school prayer and liturgical celebrations including feast days for St Angela St. Francis and St Patrick Grandparents Day Catholic Schools Week and the commemoration of. ANZAC Day Students received the Sacrament of Reconciliation in Year 2 First Holy Communion. was received in Year 3 and Confirmation in Year 6 After receiving the Sacraments of. Reconciliation Eucharist and Confirmation children were congratulated at a whole school prayer. assemblies Two combined whole school masses were also held with Our Lady of the Rosary. Primary School,Social Justice, We strive to keep the needs of those less fortunate than ourselves in our hearts and prayers. then respond in a practical way to help make a difference Social justice is at the heart of all we. do when working with parents staff and children,Social justice initiatives in 2018 included. collecting food hampers for the Feast of the Sacred Heart and at Christmas to support the. efforts of the St Vincent de Paul Society, support for Project Compassion and Catholic Mission particularly as part of our Year 5. project based learning, supporting the Jesuit Refugee Service ongoing from 2017 through Mission Markets.
participation in community appeals such as Jeans for Genes Day Farmers Appeal Ronald. McDonald house World Youth Day and support to the village of Baclayon Bohol in the. Philippines,School home and parish partnerships, Although the school is not on the same site as the Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Church and. Parish House at all times we maintain a strong relationship between school and parish by. actively participating in the parish based Sacramental programs and visiting the church for. special liturgical celebrations In 2018 the Franciscan priests regularly visited the school to. celebrate the Eucharist and Reconciliation and to join with the children for prayer ceremonies. and classroom visits, As parish sister schools St Angela s Primary School and Our Lady of the Rosary Primary. School gathered for two combined community masses to celebrate the Feast of the Visitation of. Mary May and the Assumption of Mary August, Our strong partnership with parents was evident in many ways These included outstanding. attendance at classroom open days one per term grade liturgies Christmas concert general. parent meetings and activities such as excursions social fundraising events special food days. and canteen Parents joined with the children in celebrating special events such as Catholic. Schools week Mothers Day Fathers Day and Grandparents Day There was strong parental. support for all school activities including sports events library assistance and classroom. assistance, Parents were regularly informed through our newsletter of all religious events including. strategies used at school with the students for example how to use the three senses to break. open Scripture,St Angela s Primary School Castle Hill Page 5.
Religious Education, Religious Education was integral to all teaching and learning programs and was given a strong. perspective through the values and attitudes strands of the Key Learning Areas An essential. part of Religious Education happened through our school culture which is grounded in faith. hope and love We strived to awaken within our school community the fruits of the Holy Spirit. The lives of Christ St Angela and St Francis of Assisi were models for our community. Units from the Parramatta Diocesan syllabus Sharing Our Story were studied across all Stages. The school developed school based units ensuring a clear theological and educational. background was followed along with using appropriate teaching learning and assessment. strategies and resources, Clear learning intentions success criteria and using the three senses approach have allowed the. students to dig deeper into Scripture passages, Professional Learning of staff in Religious Education. Professional learning for staff in 2018 included, a focus on the three Senses of Scripture literal spiritual and application. staff participation in professional learning with colleagues from the Catholic Education. Office in the area of content knowledge and Scripture. staff gathering for spiritual and religious formation. a variety of scaffolds for writing prayers being introduced together with programming. using learning intentions and success criteria, developing Religious Education assessment tools to gather feedback.
The Religious Education coordinator REC was also part of the new Religious Education. Curriculum Development team St Angela s Primary School will be a pilot school in 2019 for the. new Religious Education framework,St Angela s Primary School Castle Hill Page 6. Learning and Teaching, National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy NAPLAN. Students in Year 3 Year 5 Year 7 and Year 9 across Australia participated in National Assessment. Program Literacy and Numeracy NAPLAN in May 2018 The purpose of this test is to provide. information to parents and teachers about the achievements of students in aspects of Literacy. and Numeracy The test provides a measure of the student s performance against established. standards and against other students in Australia Each year the results are analysed by the. school to inform teaching and learning with a view to improving student performance. The Commonwealth Government sets minimum acceptable standards for literacy numeracy. reading writing grammar punctuation and spelling at particular ages These are referred to as. national minimum standards Student performance in NAPLAN in our school is compared to. these standards The percentages of students achieving at or above these national minimum. standards and the percentages of students in the top three bands are reported in the table. of students at or above of students in top three,national minimum bands. NAPLAN RESULTS 2018 standard,School Australia School Australia. Grammar and Punctuation 100 94 96 73,Literacy 100 95 93 73.
Year Reading 100 96 94 76,3 Writing 100 94 89 72,Spelling 100 94 98 70. Numeracy 100 96 96 67,of students at or above of students in top three. national minimum bands,NAPLAN RESULTS 2018 standard. School Australia School Australia,Grammar and Punctuation 100 94 91 64. Literacy 100 93 87 58,Year Reading 100 95 89 66,5 Writing 99 90 82 44.
Spelling 100 94 91 64,Numeracy 100 96 83 58, The 2018 NAPLAN results were very pleasing for both Year 3 and Year 5 with a significant. increase in the number of students achieving in the top two bands for Literacy and Numeracy. These results reflected the quality of teaching and learning that took place at St Angela s Primary. St Angela s Primary School Castle Hill Page 7, Analysis of NAPLAN data showed that students would benefit from being further challenged in. both Literacy and Numeracy to ensure greater growth and create movement to even higher. bands In 2018 the school continued with the Extending Mathematical Understanding EMU. program as a whole school approach to improving all students numeracy outcomes This. program focused on teachers using assessment data to identify the needs of their students in. Numeracy It also provided effective strategies to assist teachers in developing the students. understanding of Mathematical concepts and skills, Explicit teaching particularly in the the writing strand resulted in improved learning outcomes for. students in this area, Achievement levels and results were particularly strong across all areas in 2018. School curriculum, At St Angela s Primary School students individual differences in terms of experiences ability.
knowledge talents interests and learning styles were pivotal in planning curriculum and learning. activities, Students requiring assistance with learning were supported through a variety of teaching. practices and programs including personalised learning plans and individual and small group. teaching Students learning strengths were developed through activities enriched with higher. order thinking and self directed tasks, In 2018 students had the opportunity to pursue their talents and interests to let their light. shine in a number of ways including participation in Voice of Youth school choir music lessons. chess school band Dance Fever Dance Crew debating coding club annual Talent Quest and the. St Angela s Writing Festival Students also took part in many co curricular and extra curricular. activities, St Angela s Primary School enjoyed many successes including the Social Justice Award in. the Diocesan Voice of Youth public speaking competition A very successful year was also had in. the sporting arena for St Angela s Primary School with students of all abilities participating in a. number of sports Many students went on to represent the school at zone diocesan. and MacKillop levels with one of our students placed first in the state in the 100 m sprint and. progressing to the national level We were also extremely well represented in diocesan team. A large number of students from Kindergarten to Year 6 also participated in the Premier s. Reading Challenge for 2018, The Kindergarten Transition program commenced in the year prior to formal schooling It. included interviews with parents and children enrolment processes for special needs children. meetings for parents and orientation sessions for children. Initiatives to promote respect and responsibility, St Angela s Primary School s mission statement challenges us as educators to build a learning.
community which models relationships based on mutual respect affirmation of differences. forgiveness collaboration support and generosity, These values were nurtured at St Angela s Primary School in many ways including the following. teaching of social skills through a Peer Support program. proudly singing the national anthem and displaying the Australian flag. implementing the Buddy program to support our Kindergarten students. providing opportunities for senior students to develop their leadership skills. St Angela s Primary School s Student Management policy is directed at encouraging our. students to become effective and responsible members of society It is a response to the. community held belief of mutual respect and the values of justice equity compassion and. forgiveness Our Student Management policy Anti bullying aims to ensure a whole school. commitment to the prevention of bullying behaviours. St Angela s Primary School Castle Hill Page 8, A copy of the Student Management policy can be viewed on the school s website and at the. school office,Professional Learning, In 2018 staff professional learning was focused in the areas of Mathematics English and. Religious Education Additionally staff continued professional learning in the new Human Society. and Its Environment syllabus the new Science and Technology syllabus assessment and data. analysis and Child Protection and Work Health and Safety. Individual staff members also participated in teaching learning programs and then shared their. training with staff This professional learning included. accreditation processes NSW Education Standards Authority NESA. administration of a variety of assessment tools such as the Observation Survey and. the Mathematics Assessment Interview MAI,literacy Focus 160. Seven Steps to Writing Success,project based learning PBL.
Senses of Scripture Religious Education training,Reading Recovery. St Angela s Primary School Castle Hill Page 9,School Improvement. Annual school priorities, Priority 1 To develop in students Kindergarten to Year 6 K 6 a deeper. understanding of the three senses of Scripture evidenced through. formative classroom assessment, Reason for priority 1 Kindergarten to Year 6 summative and formative assessment as well as. Year 4 and Year 6 Religious Literacy Assessment RLA data showed. that a deeper understanding of Scripture would assist students in. further living out the word of Christ,Steps taken to achieve These included.
priority 1 supporting staff with effective quality resources to develop. contemporary Religious Education teaching strategies. facilitating professional learning to build knowledge and shared. practice of effectively using the three senses in breaking open. engaging in conversations with teachers to ensure data. validated decisions, coaching preferred practice in the teaching of the three senses. engaging in Religious Education learning walks,facilitating opportunities for Mission Outreach. Status of priority 1 Achieved,St Angela s Primary School Castle Hill Page 10. Priority 2 For all K 6 students to demonstrate effective writing skills evidenced by. one year s growth according to the Department of Education and. Communities DEC clusters and in NAPLAN an increase in the top two. bands of Writing and an increase in children achieving expected. growth in Year 5 and 7 data of at least 10, Reason for priority 2 NAPLAN data illustrated that student numbers in the top two bands of. writing in Year 5 although very high have slightly decreased over the. last three years Analysis of expected growth data would benefit. the trend from Years 5 to Year 7,Steps taken to achieve These included.
priority 2 facilitating professional learning to build knowledge and. continue shared practice of using The 7 Steps in classrooms. providing feedback and assistance fo teachers with writing. ensuring stage leaders had a firm understanding of the NAPLAN. marking guide descriptors, structuring more audience opportunities for students including. Facebook school newsletter and local community competitions. analysing and using available assessment data to inform. ongoing teaching practices, Status of priority 2 Achieved but continued focus on writing in 2019. St Angela s Primary School Castle Hill Page 11, Priority 3 To develop students ability to use visual reasoning skills when problem. solving evidenced by students achieving a minimum of one year s. growth in all Mathematics Assessment Interview MAI domains and an. increase in correct answers related to visual reasoning in NAPLAN and. Progressive Achievement Tests in Mathematics PAT M. Reason for priority 3 NAPLAN item analysis data showed that a number of students in Years. 3 5 and 7 had not reached expected growth in questions that required. visual reasoning Progressive Achievement Tests in Mathematics PAT. M data also indicated that visual reasoning skills needed further focus. and development,Steps taken to achieve These included. priority 3 introducing new and challenging warm up games focusing on. visual reasoning, developing high yield visualisation games activities and.
better analysing student achievement data in visualisation. supporting teachers in co constructing precise learning. intentions and success criteria focusing on visual reasoning. having professional learning conversations to build teacher. capacity in visualisation, Status of priority 3 Achieved but continued focus on visualisation in 2019. St Angela s Primary School Castle Hill Page 12,Projected school priorities. Priority 1 For students to demonstrate through inquiry learning an enhanced. engagement with the draft Religious Education curriculum. Reason for Priority 1 St Angela s Primary School will be a pilot school for implementing the. new Religious Education curriculum with a focus on quality learning. and formation,Steps to be taken to We will, achieve Priority 1 support staff with quality resources to develop a deeper. understanding of inquiry learning, support professional learning to build knowledge and. shared practice in Religious Education Senses of Scripture. have conversations with teachers to ensure data validated. model and coach structures and programming using the three. engage in Religious Education learning walks, Priority 2 For all students to demonstrate proficient writing skills reaching.
expected growth according to the creating texts sub elements of The. Literacy Learning Progressions and in NAPLAN an increase in the top. two bands of writing in Years 3 and 5 and an increase in children. achieving expected growth in Years 5 and 7 data of at least 10. Reason for Priority 2 NAPLAN data illustrates that while students in the top two bands are. increasing in Year 5 there is a slight increase in the lower bands in. Years 3 and Year 5 13 students We are very pleased with our writing. growth which is on a steady upward trend Staff data analysis supports. the notion that it would be beneficial to consolidate our professional. learning in writing In 2019 there will be focus on literacy progressions. to track the creating texts sub elements,Steps to be taken to These will include. achieve Priority 2 facilitating professional learning to build knowledge and. understanding around the learning progressions and how to. track them, providing feedback support and assistance to teachers. regarding the learning progressions, structuring collaborative opportunities for staff to engage. in tracking the creating texts sub elements of the learning. progressions,St Angela s Primary School Castle Hill Page 13. Priority 3 For all students to improve their reasoning and visualisation skills. when solving challenging tasks and multi step problems. Reason for Priority 3 NAPLAN data indicated that students might benefit from a focus on. further developing skills in answering multi step questions requiring a. sound understanding of Mathematical terminology and problem. solving Staff analysis of data suggested further inquiry and. professional learning needs to be provided to improve the students. ability to comprehend mathematical terminology better. Steps to be taken to These will include, achieve Priority 3 introducing challenging warm up games focusing on visual.
providing professional learning around strategies to develop. mathematical vocabulary, developing high yield visualisation games activities and. analysing student achievement data in visualisation related. assessments, co constructing precise learning intentions and success criteria. focusing on visual reasoning skills, in situ coaching to integrate mathematical terminology into. daily practice strategically,Community Satisfaction.


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