"Report time draws near..."

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Report time draws near and we all eagerly await the arrival of the achievement record of our children that occurs at the end of each semester. Some parents focus on the grades/marks column, whilst the majority are more attentive to the comments made by the teachers.

In the past, the parent eagerly awaited the hard copy of the report on the last day of semester. St James’ will endeavour to send all reports electronically in an attempt to reduce our impact on the environment, and avoid those situations where the child is not so eager to hand over the evidence. If you require a hard copy, please contact admin@stjames.wa.edu.au and we will arrange this as soon as is practical.

The Semester One Report of 2016 will be our first attempt to complete this task electronically. This electronic copy will allow easy access to retrieving the information at a later date, should this be required. It may also make it easy to relay the information to friends/relatives overseas, or parents who work away on shift rotations.

During 2017 we hope to further improve parent access to data, by opening a Parent Portal which should allow instant feedback on assessments. This will help provide more immediate information that can be acted on in response to learning difficulties. WE hope to roll this out in stages, and will send instructions when we are convinced the system can accommodate this level of engagement.

I sincerely hope that your son/daughter is achieving at the highest standard that they possibly can, which is our prime intention. If the report is good, celebrate as a family. If the report is less appealing, please consider that you first reaction and facial expression can cause a lot of emotional damage. Focus on the positives, and when the dust has settled, confront the concerns in a measured way in consultation with the appropriate teacher.

“My school reports always used to point out that my concentration levels were appalling. I never listened in class because I was always daydreaming about racing. I never thought for a moment about doing anything else. There was no guarantee that I would ever have a career in it, but there was no Plan B”

Jensen Button,Formula One Champion.

Sometimes our passion and desire are not easily measurable by the normal means. We are all different and have amazing individual abilities.

Love your child for their strengths, and help support them through their weaknesses.

Adrian Pree

Principal

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