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Assessment & Reporting of Student Achievement

Our teachers will regularly assess their students to see what levels they are at, what progress they have made and what their "next steps" and learning goals will be. We report on a student's progress towards their learning goals via conferences (involving the teacher, student and parent/s), and in written reports at the anniversaries of enrolment and/or at year-end.

For students Year 1 – 3, reports are written after your child has been at school for 10 weeks, 6 months, 1 year, 18 months, 2 years, 30 months and after 3 years at school. Conferences, which always include children are held at 10 weeks, 6 months, after 1 year, 2 years and 3 years. We call this "Anniversary Reporting".

For students Year 4 and above, conferences are held mid-year to share progress towards learning goals and to work on the next steps in learning. Families receive a written report, prior to this conference, that will show the student's level of achievement in relation to National Standards in reading, writing and maths, as well as other areas of the curriculum. Written reports are also sent home at the end of the school year.

Of course, families can meet with teachers at any time if they want to know more about their child's learning, if they need guidance on how to best support their learning at home, or if they have concerns or problems.

Curriculum What our students are learning

Helping At Home Tips for families 


Tips for Three-Way Conferences!
Conferences are a time for you, as a parent, to help teachers do the very best for your children. You know a lot about your child, so if there are important things for the teacher to know, make sure you share this information. Make sure you’ve read the report carefully and have your questions ready at the Conference:
• Ask how you can help at home
• Ask about as many aspects of your child’s learning as you can, including their friendships, independence and attitude.
• Ask about how to encourage independence and initiative.

Keep in touch! If you are worried or concerned about any aspects of your child’s learning, at any time, please contact us to make a time to meet. It’s always better to talk about things before they escalate into bigger problems.

The Education Review Office (ERO)
has produced a useful booklet called "How is my child doing? Questions to ask at school" to help families find out meaningful information about their child's progress at school.

Achievement Targets (Whole School)
Each year, the school sets targets of achievement across the school in the National Standards of reading, writing and maths. We work hard and make an extra effort in teaching and learning in the target area. The other learning areas are still covered. These targets form part of our annual Charter and the Board of Trustees receives progress reports throughout the year. We report on our progress to the Ministry of Education via our Annual Report.

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