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Year 7 Home Learning Program and NAPLAN

Year 7 Home Learning Program

Home learning is an integral part of the learning process and the Dominican faith tradition and assists students by complementing and reinforcing classroom learning and provides a means by which students can take responsibility for their own learning. Home learning also provides an opportunity for parents to work in partnership with teachers and further participate in their daughter’s education.

The Purpose of Home Learning/Study

Students will be encouraged to appreciate that home learning/study:

Reinforces daily schoolwork

Extends learning beyond the classroom

Provides extension work for students

Facilitates good study skills and assists students in becoming independent learners

Develops good learning habits through planning, organisation and time management

Is an opportunity for them to reflect on their classroom learning and to determine what they know / do not know

Home Learning may commence for Year 7 students on Monday, 24 February 2020. This week, parents will receive a News Alert with details regarding the Year 7 Semester One Academic Calendar.

NAPLAN 2020

Years 7 and 9 NAPLAN Testing

Siena College is conducting NAPLAN Online from 13 to 15 May 2020, all Years 7 and 9 students will be offered the opportunity to participate.

To facilitate online testing, all students in Years 7 and 9 are required to supply the following to complete each test:

  • Their own device, meeting the following minimum requirements:
    - iPad Air (1st generation) minimum operating system iOS 11
    - iPad Pro (1st generation) minimum operating system iOS 11
    - iPad (5th generation) minimum operating system iOS 11
    - Mac with operating system minimum OS X 10.11
    - PC with operating system Windows 7
    - Android Tablet minimum operating system Android 7.0
  • their own headphones, earphones or earbuds

All BYODs must be fully charged at home prior to undertaking any NAPLAN tests

ACARA requires all students to install a Locked Down Browser (LDB) to complete NAPLAN online. Instructions will be sent via a News Alert to all Years 7 and 9 Parents and Students. All students must install the required ‘Locked Down Browser’ on their device at home prior to Monday, 23 March and installation will be checked during the week beginning 23 March 2020.

All Year 9 students will participate in a Practice Test on Monday, 23 March. Students must ensure they have all required hardware during this practice test, which will be of forty-five minutes duration.

All Year 7 Students will be taken through a familiarisation test prior to the testing period in May.

Further details regarding the opportunity to apply for student adjustments will be communicated in coming weeks. The NAPLAN Test Schedule will be communicated to parents and guardians in Term 2. If you have any further questions, please contact me at the College.

For more information about NAPLAN Online, including the public demonstration site, please visit the NAP website at https://www.nap.edu.au/online-assessment/public-demonstration-site or the parent support section https://nap.edu.au/naplan/parent-carer-support

Donna Laughlin

Director of Learning and Innovation
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