2016 August Newsletter Number 13

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Newsletter Number 13 - August 4th 2016

 Dear Principal

Francis institutes commission to study female deacons, appointing gender-balanced membership:
Pope Francis has created a commission to study the possibility of allowing women to serve as deacons in the Catholic church, following up on a promise made last May in what could be an historic move towards ending the global institution's practice of an all-male clergy.

The pontiff has appointed an equal number of male and female experts as members of the commission, which will be led by Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria, a Jesuit who serves as the second-in-command of the Vatican's doctrinal congregation.  READ MORE


Yesterday ACARA released the NAPLAN 2016 summary information.  
Overall, the results from the NAPLAN tests in May show some significant gains over time since NAPLAN first began in 2008, but with results plateauing for 2016 compared to 2015.  
On a national level:
* Reading results for Years 3 and 5 saw significant gain compared to 2008.
* Spelling results for Year 3 saw significant gain compared to 2008.
* Grammar/punctuation results for Year 3 saw significant gain compared to 2008.
* Numeracy results for Year 5 saw significant gain compared to 2008.
* Writing results for Years 7 and 9 saw a significant decrease since 2011 (the year from which results can be compared with for this domain).
On a national level, the results have shown no significant improvement across the domains and year levels from 2015. 

The NAPLAN 2016 summary information also shows that withdrawal rates have remained stable from 2015.  The summary information is now available on the NAP website. You can read ACARA’s media release on the ACARA website SUMMARY

Sydney Hub Learning Frontiers
Mount St Benedict College invites educators to a professional learning opportunity to hear Julie Temperley and Keren Caple from Innovation Unit share what’s happening around the world in engagement and innovation in schools. They will focus on student engagement theories, new models of schooling including new ways of measuring learning and
assessment  and current projects happening worldwide.
Engage and Innovate:
www.msb.nsw.edu.au/engageandinnovate TEACHMEET: http://goo.gl/forms/wDTtluqJDP

Mount St Benedict College, as one of the first Sydney Hub Learning Frontiers schools, has over the last five years worked on a number of engagement and innovation strategies which will be shared by members of the College staff in a number of presentations:
1.00pm - 6.00pm Tuesday 23 August Mount St Benedict College Hall 449c Pennant Hills Road, Pennant Hills   READ MORE

APPA's 2017 National Conference in Brisbane from 12 – 15 September. 

Modern learners experience the discord and melody of an ever-changing score while modern leaders are charged with conducting an orchestra of many diverse instruments and unifying them in harmony. This conference will explore the attributes of agile, innovative leaders who leave a legacy tuned with purpose.
With outstanding keynote speakers, a fantastic venue and innovative program, 2017 in Brisbane will explore the type of agile, innovative leadership that leaves a valued legacy for tomorrow. READ MORE









Julie King
ACSP Executive Officer


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