Friday 19 March 2021

Principal's News

Measuring Growth in Learning

At Annesley we are committed to a learning and teaching environment that develops strengths, passions and skills. We incorporate the teaching of Foundational Skills in daily explicit learning engagements and throughout our transdisciplinary programs of inquiry. It is through the development of the Foundational skills that each student is supported to develop skills which support their learning in all other areas. Alongside this, our students also develop Transversal Skills of creativity, collaboration, perseverance, resilience and problem-solving through the entrepreneurial and experiential learning programs. Our students are empowered with choice, voice and ownership of their learning journey through open-ended, engagements, goal setting and reflection. Together these create an engaging, interactive and personalised learning environment.

Regularly throughout the year class teachers conduct assessments to monitor and track the growth in skill development of each student. The purpose of these assessments is to inform the learning and teaching. It identifies what students know, understand, and can do at different stages of their learning journey.

During Term 1 we have utilised the following measurement tools to provide data to support a larger picture of each student’s achievement and progress in the Foundational Skills:

Early Years – Reception to Year 2

  • PM Benchmark for reading levels
  • PASM – Phonological Awareness Skill Mapping
  • CoST – Spelling Assessment
  • PAT Reading and PAT Maths – for new students
  • Multilit Placement Testing

Primary Years – Years 3-7

  • Neale Reading Analysis
  • Big Write, Cold Write
  • CoST – Spelling Assessment
  • PAT Reading and PAT Maths – for new students
  • QuickSmart Placement Testing
  • Multilit Placement Testing

Data collected through these assessments, together with work sample assessments and observations, assist teachers in planning literacy and numeracy workshops and ensures that work tasks are targeted towards each student’s learning level with the intent of progressing their learning. Teachers will share with you the data collated on your child’s growth throughout the year. More information on assessment at Annesley can be read in our updated Assessment Policy which will be shared next week on School Stream.

Donna Nicolle
Acting Principal

Personalised Learning

My name is Gail Millar-Luke and I am the Personalised Learning Coordinator ​at Annesley. I have the pleasure of working with the wonderfully dynamic, innovative ​teachers and students at Annesley.

My role is diverse and constantly changing. I am responsible for working with classroom teachers, mentors and parents to ensure that the learning needs of ​all students in ​our community are ​identified and supported. ​I work in collaboration with the Personalised Learning Team which includes Bel, Janine, Perri, Darcy, Pastor Pete, Jo Puddy and we are ably supported by Jo Rossiter.

As a team we assist teachers in the provisions of resources and strategies to ensure a personalised learning experience for our students. In partnership ​with our teaching team and families, we ​support differentiation in the classroom, ​measure and track the learning growth of all students, run literacy and numeracy intervention programs and develop Personalised Learning Plans each semester for students with identified learning needs.

Our team and program is ever-expanding, and this year we have added two new Personalised Learning Spaces which now provides three dedicated rooms for our students working in our Intervention programs MultiLit and QuickSmart.

​I am available to talk with any families at any time if they have any concerns about their child’s learning.

Gail Millar-Luke
Personalised Learning Co-ordinator

Our School

Sports Day (ELC – Year 7) – Parents Welcome to Attend

We are looking forward to Sports Day on Thursday 1 April. Please see below for a listing of times for each year level. A detailed schedule for Sports Day will be shared next week via School Stream. Please note that the normal school day commences at 8.45am prior to the start of the below Sports Day schedule:


Banksia & Eucalypt Room from 9:15am – 10:00am on the Annesley Junior School lawns
Wattle & Grevillea Room from 10:15am – 11:15am on Annesley Junior School lawns


Reception from 9:15am – 11:30am in Park 21 on Greenhill Rd (opposite school)
Year 1 from 9:15am – 12:00pm in Park 21 on Greenhill Rd (opposite school)
Years 2 to 7 from 9:15 – 12:30pm in Park 21 on Greenhill Rd (opposite school)

Lunch for all primary school classes from 12:45pm – 1:30pm on Annesley Junior School lawns (parents are encouraged to bring a picnic to share lunch with their children)

Whole School events from 1.30pm – 2.30pm on Annesley Junior School lawns

The Bouncing Bean Café 

The Bouncing Bean Café is now open! Come and grab a coffee during the following times:

Monday 8.00am to 9.00am
Tuesday 11.00am to 12.00pm
Wednesday 3.00pm to 4.00pm
Thursday 8.00am to 9.00am & 11.00am to 12.00pm
Friday 8.00am to 9.00am

Primary Years' Learning

Reception (Leanne) Video News

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Early Years' Learning

Wattle Room Video News

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Assembly & Chapel

Date Assembly/Chapel Class Presenting
Thursday 25 March Assembly Year 6/7
Thursday 1 April ELC to Year 7 Sports Day
Thursday 8 April Chapel

Vacation Care

The Vacation Care Program for the April School Holidays is now available. Please return your booking forms by Wednesday 7 April to secure your spot.

A Note from our Chaplain

Harmony – when every part works well together

The value of respect is extremely important as we celebrate Harmony Day on Sunday 21st March. This week is a time to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, and the integration of migrants into our community. The message of Harmony Week is that everyone belongs. It is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural backgrounds or language differences.

We shared in Chapel that rather than letting our differences become a barrier or divide between how close we can become and work together, instead we should celebrate those differences and acknowledge that they are part of who we are and are becoming. Respect acknowledges we have differences, but intentionally sees ways to come together. Everyone has a part. Everyone belongs.

Valuable action: If our difference should try to create a divide, through respect we unite to stand alongside.

We had a special guest come and help share the message of community, inclusivity and equality. In a fun and engaging way Potato Head was used to illustrate the biblical understanding of the following verses. “Each one of us has a body, and that body has many parts. These parts all have different uses. In the same way, we are many, but in Christ we are all one body. Each one is a part of that body. And each part belongs to all the other parts. We all have different gifts. Each gift came because of the grace that God gave us.” Romans 12:4-6

Peter Morton
Annesley Chaplain

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