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NAPLAN RESULTS We have received our corrected Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 NAPLAN Literacy and Numeracy results sheet and will mail these to parents next week. The corrected overall results we have received from the Department of Education are outstanding with our literacy and numeracy results being significantly above the national average and very significantly above the Northern Territory average. Congratulations to our students on the excellent standards they have achieved, and to our teachers, teaching assistants, parents and administrators who have worked hard on continuing to move our students ahead. BUILDING UPDATE: The Computer Centre and the Middle School Toilets are now completed and will be used by our students from next Monday. Work on the Extended and Refurbished Assembly Hall is behind schedule and we will need to re-arrange the construction timetable to allow us to recover the use of this area from Monday 19th October. This will mean that some future work to complete the project may be confined to weekends or deferred to the middle of December when school holidays commence. Thank you for your patience over the last three months as this building work has taken place. It will be a great facility for the school once it is fully completed. Our new playground equipment has been installed and the concrete edging around the playground completed. Additional smaller pieces of play equipment have now been ordered for the Chapman Road end of the playground and should arrive in the middle of Term 4. The two older pieces of equipment, the Fort and the A Frame, will be refurbished in coming weeks to provide creative play areas for the children. The installation of our new fire alarms and PA system (Junior School and Middle School) is now complete and we now have a complete and new PA system through out the school. Planning is underway to go to tender for our next round of building programs. The first of these is due to commence in December as soon as our students go on holidays. This will be a new Transition Classroom and adjacent play area (on the corner of Chapman Road and Rossiter Street). Please remember that our stunning new Computer Centre, our 20th Anniversary Building, is fully funded by the School and we will need to seek corporate sponsorship and do fund raising to help pay for this excellent facility. All donations to our tax deductible Building Fund are appreciated. ENROLLING FOR TERM 4 AND 2010 We have had an unusually large number of enrolment requests for places at the school this term and for next term, and for 2010. We are busy interviewing prospective parents and students for the few available places we have, or will have, for next year. We have had several students commence in the last week and more starting at the beginning of Term 4. If you know people who are planning to enrol for 2010, please ask them to do so early as our numbers are very tight. Please encourage your friends who are planning to enrol for next year to do so early so they are not disappointed. David Cannon Principal/CEO From the Assistant Principal PRESCHOOL/EARLYLEARNING Welcome to Term 4 I hope you have had a great school holiday break and a big welcome back to all our students and families. I extend a warm welcome to all our new students and families. It has been a very smooth start to the term and we look forward to a busy and productive Term 4. Early Years Fundraiser Our Early Years teachers and parents are raising funds to purchase play equipment for our Sensori-Motor Program, Jellybeans. A buffet style dinner and a fashion parade (hosted by our own staff) is scheduled as follows: Date: 10th October, 2009 Time: 6pm Venue: Casuarina Club, Casuarina For tickets please see Rhiannon Walden or Christine Karaolias. We are currently taking bookings and are pleased with the interest in this event. We have limited places, so please make your bookings as soon as possible. It will be a fun night. EduKite Information Session We are delighted to introduce the EduKite E1 program to all our Toddlers/ Kindergarten, Preschool and PreTransition students. What is EduKite E1? EduKite is a web-based portal and e portfolio solution for young learners EduKite E1 is a software package that manages e-portfolios and online communication between staff and parents. The system provides each child with their own mini website (known as a kite) which will be used for uploading notices and archiving important work. Parents will be able to access the system on the internet using a coded login. Functions Childrens work will be displayed on each childs portfolio website. Preschool and Pre-Transition notices, learning stories and Preschool and Pre-Transition events will be posted on the system. An information session has been scheduled to offer you the opportunity to learn more about this program. This session will be facilitated by Cheryl Salter, Junior School Computer Teacher. Information session details: Date: 14th October, 2009 Time: 7-8pm Venue: New Computer Centre Free childcare is available but bookings are essential and can be made through the Front Office (Phone:8985 0100). Light refreshments will be available in the Preschool from 6:30pm onwards. We hope the EduKite system will enhance communication for early childhood parents and teachers and provide you with a window into our programs and activities. For more information please visit www.edukite.com or see me. Sign in/Sign out Procedure As you know, sign in /sign out sheets are located at the entrance of each classroom. It is important to sign this every day as you drop off and pick up your child. If someone other than yourself is picking up your child, you need to let us know in writing in the The Essington School Darwin 2 REMEMBER: ESSINGTON IS NOW A SUN SMART SCHOOL Our School was accepted into the NT Cancer Councils Sun Smart Schools Programme last month. Please remember to wear your hat and apply sunscreen regularly when you are out in the sun. We recommend broad brimmed hats for school wear. Our Uniform Shop, Cocos Boutique, has heaps in stock.

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