The vision of The New Zealand Curriculum is for our young people to be confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners. The purpose of reporting is to provide information about a child’s learning, progress and achievement that can then be used to support further learning. Communicating clear, dependable information about progress and achievement provides a basis for building a strong partnership between the child, the teacher and the child’s parents, family and whānau to support learning and improve student outcomes. The National Administration Guidelines (NAGs) set the requirements that schools must follow. How each school fulfils those requirements will be determined by the school in consultation with its community.
Face to Face Communication
- We have a ‘no surprises’ mantra meaning students and whānau should have a clear understanding of where they are at and whether they require extra support or enrichment.
- Students and whānau are invited to meet home base and hub teachers during our Teacher Only Day that take place before the start of the school year.
- Meeting with whānau in early term 1 to share hub based learning programmes and routines.
- A mid-year interview will take place sharing a new snapshot of data and clarifying rate of progress and achievement towards national standards.
- Parents and whānau are able to meet with the teacher following the end-of-year report should they wish to do so.
On-line Reporting – STAr
This programme allows us to report to you electronically, with a paper version being offered to those without access. This programme will track student’s achievement over time, allowing you to see their progress in core curriculum.
STAr stands for St Albans Reporting and is a web-based tool that focuses on reporting the New Zealand Curriculum while also meeting the requirement for reporting National Standards.
A secure login will be provided to families. The executive officer and librarian will set this up, with support being offered to parents before the end of the year on how to access the programme via a comprehensive booklet and face time if required.
This programme will also allow us to enter data once and aggregate it for a range of purposes including reporting to the board and the preparation of variance data for the Ministry of Education.
Twice a year we will report on:
• Reading – Pānui
• Writing – Tuhituhi
• Mathematics – Pāngarau
• PE – Hauora
• Integrated studies – Ngā Hononga Marau
• St Albans School Values and Key Competencies
• General Comment – He Kōrero
As our capability increases we will add other elements of reporting to the programme, e.g., uploading moderated writing samples that show progress over time.
Home bases for each new school year will be announced via this tool. When you log on securely you are able to the children in your child’s home base. Because this is a secure interface we are able to ensure privacy for our children.
We make extensive use of hub blogs to promote learning beyond the school day. These blogs can be accessed through this website. Most blogs have links to online learning opportunities that children can use at home. In addition, we have created a blog specifically to provide experiences that parents can facilitate from home. This can be seen at http://stalbansathome.blogspot.com/
Authentic Celebrations of Learning
Teachers also utilise a range of opportunities to share learning in meaningful contexts. We have significant attendance at these events.
- Celebration assemblies
- Hub assemblies
- Inquiry ignition events
- Book work and digital records of learning
- Learning walks
- Hub displays
- Curriculum related celebrations, e.g., speech competitions
- Arts performances
- Whole school events, e.g., Book Parade
- Sporting events