Early School Closure - Tuesday 22nd September Photo

Early School Closure - Tuesday 22nd September

15th September 2015

A letter was posted home to families on 24th August 2015:


Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Moonta Area School is committed to using student achievement data to inform our teaching and learning programs. 

As such we have implemented a testing schedule to help us use relevant and up to date results to plan effective teaching and learning programs.  From 2014 we have tested all students using Progressive Achievement Tests in Maths and Reading.  Students are tested from Reception to Year 10 in Maths and from Year 2 to Year 10 in Reading Comprehension. (2014 was the first year we have tested this comprehensively).

Last week we were offered an opportunity to be trained in the deep analysis of Progressive Achievement Testing (PAT) results.  

The PAT-R and M tests are thoroughly researched and normed tests for measuring and tracking student achievement. The PAT-R test focusses on reading comprehension, word knowledge and spelling. The PAT-M test focusses on Number, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Statistics and Probability. Both tests provide teachers with objective information for setting realistic learning goals and planning effective programs.

The training is designed to help teachers to deeply understand the test results and then use this information to plan and improve learning for each individual student.

Tuesday the 22nd of September is the only date we can offer this training to our staff. As the training takes 3 ½ hours the Governing Council Executive has approved an early closure to allow the training to occur. Students will therefore be dismissed at 1:30 on Tuesday the 22nd of September.

We acknowledge that this may be difficult for some parents and assure you that we believe the benefits for all students will be significant as a result of this training. OHSC will be opening early on this day. Please call Deahnn or Lisa on 0439 817 475 if you would like to use this service for the afternoon.

Thank you for your understanding and support for this opportunity which we believe will impact positively on student progress in all areas of the curriculum.

Yours sincerely,

Kirsty Amos