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St Angela s Primary School Castle Hill

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The school is located on Harrington Avenue in Castle Hill and draws students from Castle Hill, Kellyville and beyond. It serves the parish of Our Lady of the Rosary, Kellyville, which is pastored by the Franciscan priests. St Angela's Primary School, Castle Hill Page 3



Introduction
About the Annual School Report
St Angela s Primary School is registered by the New South Wales Education Standards Authority
NESA as a member of the Catholic system of schools in the Diocese of Parramatta
The Annual School Report provides parents and the wider school community with fair accurate
and objective information about various aspects of school performance and development The
Report describes achievement of school development priorities in 2018 and gives information
about the 2019 priorities
This Report is a legislative requirement under the Schools Assistance Act 2008 and the Education
Amendment Act 2004
The information in this Report is complemented by the school website where other school
publications and newsletters can be viewed or obtained from the school
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Key Messages
I am proud to present to you the 2018 Annual School Report for St Angela s Primary School
Castle Hill St Angela s Primary School is dedicated to the education of students from
Kindergarten to Year 6 We believe that the students are at the centre of all our endeavours and
through effective teaching and learning we aim to allow them in the spirit of our school
motto to Let their Light Shine Our challenge as educators is to build a learning community in
partnership with the home and parish which models relationships based on
mutual respect
the affirmation and welcoming of individual differences
sharing and forgiveness
collaboration and support
generosity
gratitude and service
Our educational endeavours combine so that our students will be confident life long learners
who are encouraged to serve others and to embrace the fullness of life in their society as they
become effective global citizens Our school motto Let Your Light Shine inspires the whole
community to live our unique life journey with joy and self belief
We are pleased with the continual progression of our children s education at St Angela s Primary
School through all aspects of the school s teachings from spiritual through to personal and to
academic excellence All this is achieved through a strong leadership team and an excellent
teaching staff
We have also enjoyed a good working relationship with the school through our ability to be
involved in many aspects of the educational program In 2018 we were invited to attend regular
meetings where the school was able to discuss and demonstrate educational principles in today s
teaching practices We had the opportunity to visit the classrooms every term and attend regular
liturgies which were run by the entire student body There were many arms of the parental
helper framework including canteen fundraising literacy group helpers as well as Mothers Day
and Fathers Day activities These gave parents a chance to be involved at the level that suited
Our children enjoyed the comfort of a rich learning environment along with well manicured
surroundings which helped to enrich their experiences and form the basis of a real love for
education The entire staff was approachable through open lines of communication and we felt
that we were always abreast of all happenings throughout the school as our children
Let their Light Shine
The students at St Angela s Primary School contributed in so many ways to the life of the school
while developing their leadership skills All students took a role in grade assemblies liturgies and
school celebrations
The Student Representative Council SRC provided the students with the opportunity to
communicate their concerns make suggestions and give ideas for improving their school
The student body embraced our motto of Let Your Light Shine through a culture of faith fun and
The Year 6 students led the school in an ANZAC Day memorial service and through the Buddy
program helped Kindergarten children settle into school life Year 6 students were actively
involved in providing leadership and were role models to all students in the school
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Who we are
History of the school
St Angela s Primary School was established in 2001 with an enrolment of 70 children in
Kindergarten and Year 1 and seven staff members to build the educational curriculum In 2018
there were 21 classes from Kindergarten to Year 6 with an enrolment of 603 students and a staff
The school was named after the founder of the Ursuline sisters St Angela Merici and since its
beginning the spirit and writings of St Angela have been shared with the community
Location drawing area
The school is located on Harrington Avenue in Castle Hill and draws students from Castle
Hill Kellyville and beyond It serves the parish of Our Lady of the Rosary Kellyville which is
pastored by the Franciscan priests
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Workforce Composition
Category Number
Number of teachers who hold teaching qualification from a higher education 32
institution within Australia or as recognised within the National Office of Overseas
Skills Recognition AEI NOOSR guidelines
Number of teachers who have a bachelor degree from a higher education institution 0
within Australia or within AEI NOOSR guidelines but lacking formal teacher
qualifications
Number of teachers accreditated to teach Religious Education 31
Number of teachers currently undertaking accreditation to teach Religious Education 1
Number of non teaching staff includes teachers aides 10
Percentage of teachers who are indigenous 0
The average teacher attendance for 2018 95
Percentage of 2018 teaching staff who were retained from 2017 97
Catholic Identity and Religious Education
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Catholic Identity and Religious Education
Prayer Liturgical Life and Faith Experiences
Faith experiences at St Angela s Primary School were enhanced by the children s reverence and
an understanding that there were special times to communicate with their God The children
prayed daily and had opportunities to share faith experiences with their parents at liturgies such
as Mothers Day and Fathers Day
Major liturgical events in 2018 included Reconciliation opening and closing masses for the school
year and whole school prayer and liturgical celebrations including feast days for St Angela St
Francis and St Patrick Grandparents Day Catholic Schools Week and the commemoration of
ANZAC Day Students received the Sacrament of Reconciliation in Year 2 First Holy Communion
was received in Year 3 and Confirmation in Year 6 After receiving the Sacraments of
Reconciliation Eucharist and Confirmation children were congratulated at a whole school prayer
assemblies Two combined whole school masses were also held with Our Lady of the Rosary
Primary School
Social Justice
We strive to keep the needs of those less fortunate than ourselves in our hearts and prayers
then respond in a practical way to help make a difference Social justice is at the heart of all we
do when working with parents staff and children
Social justice initiatives in 2018 included
collecting food hampers for the Feast of the Sacred Heart and at Christmas to support the
efforts of the St Vincent de Paul Society
support for Project Compassion and Catholic Mission particularly as part of our Year 5
project based learning
supporting the Jesuit Refugee Service ongoing from 2017 through Mission Markets
participation in community appeals such as Jeans for Genes Day Farmers Appeal Ronald
McDonald house World Youth Day and support to the village of Baclayon Bohol in the
Philippines
School home and parish partnerships
Although the school is not on the same site as the Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Church and
Parish House at all times we maintain a strong relationship between school and parish by
actively participating in the parish based Sacramental programs and visiting the church for
special liturgical celebrations In 2018 the Franciscan priests regularly visited the school to
celebrate the Eucharist and Reconciliation and to join with the children for prayer ceremonies
and classroom visits
As parish sister schools St Angela s Primary School and Our Lady of the Rosary Primary
School gathered for two combined community masses to celebrate the Feast of the Visitation of
Mary May and the Assumption of Mary August
Our strong partnership with parents was evident in many ways These included outstanding
attendance at classroom open days one per term grade liturgies Christmas concert general
parent meetings and activities such as excursions social fundraising events special food days
and canteen Parents joined with the children in celebrating special events such as Catholic
Schools week Mothers Day Fathers Day and Grandparents Day There was strong parental
support for all school activities including sports events library assistance and classroom
assistance
Parents were regularly informed through our newsletter of all religious events including
strategies used at school with the students for example how to use the three senses to break
open Scripture
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Religious Education
Religious Education was integral to all teaching and learning programs and was given a strong
perspective through the values and attitudes strands of the Key Learning Areas An essential
part of Religious Education happened through our school culture which is grounded in faith
hope and love We strived to awaken within our school community the fruits of the Holy Spirit
The lives of Christ St Angela and St Francis of Assisi were models for our community
Units from the Parramatta Diocesan syllabus Sharing Our Story were studied across all Stages
The school developed school based units ensuring a clear theological and educational
background was followed along with using appropriate teaching learning and assessment
strategies and resources
Clear learning intentions success criteria and using the three senses approach have allowed the
students to dig deeper into Scripture passages
Professional Learning of staff in Religious Education
Professional learning for staff in 2018 included
a focus on the three Senses of Scripture literal spiritual and application
staff participation in professional learning with colleagues from the Catholic Education
Office in the area of content knowledge and Scripture
staff gathering for spiritual and religious formation
a variety of scaffolds for writing prayers being introduced together with programming
using learning intentions and success criteria
developing Religious Education assessment tools to gather feedback
The Religious Education coordinator REC was also part of the new Religious Education
Curriculum Development team St Angela s Primary School will be a pilot school in 2019 for the
new Religious Education framework
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Learning and Teaching
National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy NAPLAN
Students in Year 3 Year 5 Year 7 and Year 9 across Australia participated in National Assessment
Program Literacy and Numeracy NAPLAN in May 2018 The purpose of this test is to provide
information to parents and teachers about the achievements of students in aspects of Literacy
and Numeracy The test provides a measure of the student s performance against established
standards and against other students in Australia Each year the results are analysed by the
school to inform teaching and learning with a view to improving student performance
The Commonwealth Government sets minimum acceptable standards for literacy numeracy
reading writing grammar punctuation and spelling at particular ages These are referred to as
national minimum standards Student performance in NAPLAN in our school is compared to
these standards The percentages of students achieving at or above these national minimum
standards and the percentages of students in the top three bands are reported in the table
of students at or above of students in top three
national minimum bands
NAPLAN RESULTS 2018 standard
School Australia School Australia
Grammar and Punctuation 100 94 96 73
Literacy 100 95 93 73
Year Reading 100 96 94 76
3 Writing 100 94 89 72
Spelling 100 94 98 70
Numeracy 100 96 96 67
of students at or above of students in top three
national minimum bands
NAPLAN RESULTS 2018 standard
School Australia School Australia
Grammar and Punctuation 100 94 91 64
Literacy 100 93 87 58
Year Reading 100 95 89 66
5 Writing 99 90 82 44
Spelling 100 94 91 64
Numeracy 100 96 83 58
The 2018 NAPLAN results were very pleasing for both Year 3 and Year 5 with a significant
increase in the number of students achieving in the top two bands for Literacy and Numeracy
These results reflected the quality of teaching and learning that took place at St Angela s Primary
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Analysis of NAPLAN data showed that students would benefit from being further challenged in
both Literacy and Numeracy to ensure greater growth and create movement to even higher
bands In 2018 the school continued with the Extending Mathematical Understanding EMU
program as a whole school approach to improving all students numeracy outcomes This
program focused on teachers using assessment data to identify the needs of their students in
Numeracy It also provided effective strategies to assist teachers in developing the students
understanding of Mathematical concepts and skills
Explicit teaching particularly in the the writing strand resulted in improved learning outcomes for
students in this area
Achievement levels and results were particularly strong across all areas in 2018
School curriculum
At St Angela s Primary School students individual differences in terms of experiences ability
knowledge talents interests and learning styles were pivotal in planning curriculum and learning
activities
Students requiring assistance with learning were supported through a variety of teaching
practices and programs including personalised learning plans and individual and small group
teaching Students learning strengths were developed through activities enriched with higher
order thinking and self directed tasks
In 2018 students had the opportunity to pursue their talents and interests to let their light
shine in a number of ways including participation in Voice of Youth school choir music lessons
chess school band Dance Fever Dance Crew debating coding club annual Talent Quest and the
St Angela s Writing Festival Students also took part in many co curricular and extra curricular
activities
St Angela s Primary School enjoyed many successes including the Social Justice Award in
the Diocesan Voice of Youth public speaking competition A very successful year was also had in
the sporting arena for St Angela s Primary School with students of all abilities participating in a
number of sports Many students went on to represent the school at zone diocesan
and MacKillop levels with one of our students placed first in the state in the 100 m sprint and
progressing to the national level We were also extremely well represented in diocesan team
A large number of students from Kindergarten to Year 6 also participated in the Premier s
Reading Challenge for 2018
The Kindergarten Transition program commenced in the year prior to formal schooling It
included interviews with parents and children enrolment processes for special needs children
meetings for parents and orientation sessions for children
Initiatives to promote respect and responsibility
St Angela s Primary School s mission statement challenges us as educators to build a learning
community which models relationships based on mutual respect affirmation of differences
forgiveness collaboration support and generosity
These values were nurtured at St Angela s Primary School in many ways including the following
teaching of social skills through a Peer Support program
proudly singing the national anthem and displaying the Australian flag
implementing the Buddy program to support our Kindergarten students
providing opportunities for senior students to develop their leadership skills
St Angela s Primary School s Student Management policy is directed at encouraging our
students to become effective and responsible members of society It is a response to the
community held belief of mutual respect and the values of justice equity compassion and
forgiveness Our Student Management policy Anti bullying aims to ensure a whole school
commitment to the prevention of bullying behaviours
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A copy of the Student Management policy can be viewed on the school s website and at the
school office
Professional Learning
In 2018 staff professional learning was focused in the areas of Mathematics English and
Religious Education Additionally staff continued professional learning in the new Human Society
and Its Environment syllabus the new Science and Technology syllabus assessment and data
analysis and Child Protection and Work Health and Safety
Individual staff members also participated in teaching learning programs and then shared their
training with staff This professional learning included
accreditation processes NSW Education Standards Authority NESA
administration of a variety of assessment tools such as the Observation Survey and
the Mathematics Assessment Interview MAI
literacy Focus 160
Seven Steps to Writing Success
project based learning PBL
Senses of Scripture Religious Education training
Reading Recovery
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School Improvement
Annual school priorities
Priority 1 To develop in students Kindergarten to Year 6 K 6 a deeper
understanding of the three senses of Scripture evidenced through
formative classroom assessment
Reason for priority 1 Kindergarten to Year 6 summative and formative assessment as well as
Year 4 and Year 6 Religious Literacy Assessment RLA data showed
that a deeper understanding of Scripture would assist students in
further living out the word of Christ
Steps taken to achieve These included
priority 1 supporting staff with effective quality resources to develop
contemporary Religious Education teaching strategies
facilitating professional learning to build knowledge and shared
practice of effectively using the three senses in breaking open
engaging in conversations with teachers to ensure data
validated decisions
coaching preferred practice in the teaching of the three senses
engaging in Religious Education learning walks
facilitating opportunities for Mission Outreach
Status of priority 1 Achieved
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Priority 2 For all K 6 students to demonstrate effective writing skills evidenced by
one year s growth according to the Department of Education and
Communities DEC clusters and in NAPLAN an increase in the top two
bands of Writing and an increase in children achieving expected
growth in Year 5 and 7 data of at least 10
Reason for priority 2 NAPLAN data illustrated that student numbers in the top two bands of
writing in Year 5 although very high have slightly decreased over the
last three years Analysis of expected growth data would benefit
the trend from Years 5 to Year 7
Steps taken to achieve These included
priority 2 facilitating professional learning to build knowledge and
continue shared practice of using The 7 Steps in classrooms
providing feedback and assistance fo teachers with writing
ensuring stage leaders had a firm understanding of the NAPLAN
marking guide descriptors
structuring more audience opportunities for students including
Facebook school newsletter and local community competitions
analysing and using available assessment data to inform
ongoing teaching practices
Status of priority 2 Achieved but continued focus on writing in 2019
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Priority 3 To develop students ability to use visual reasoning skills when problem
solving evidenced by students achieving a minimum of one year s
growth in all Mathematics Assessment Interview MAI domains and an
increase in correct answers related to visual reasoning in NAPLAN and
Progressive Achievement Tests in Mathematics PAT M
Reason for priority 3 NAPLAN item analysis data showed that a number of students in Years
3 5 and 7 had not reached expected growth in questions that required
visual reasoning Progressive Achievement Tests in Mathematics PAT
M data also indicated that visual reasoning skills needed further focus
and development
Steps taken to achieve These included
priority 3 introducing new and challenging warm up games focusing on
visual reasoning
developing high yield visualisation games activities and
better analysing student achievement data in visualisation
supporting teachers in co constructing precise learning
intentions and success criteria focusing on visual reasoning
having professional learning conversations to build teacher
capacity in visualisation
Status of priority 3 Achieved but continued focus on visualisation in 2019
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Projected school priorities
Priority 1 For students to demonstrate through inquiry learning an enhanced
engagement with the draft Religious Education curriculum
Reason for Priority 1 St Angela s Primary School will be a pilot school for implementing the
new Religious Education curriculum with a focus on quality learning
and formation
Steps to be taken to We will
achieve Priority 1 support staff with quality resources to develop a deeper
understanding of inquiry learning
support professional learning to build knowledge and
shared practice in Religious Education Senses of Scripture
have conversations with teachers to ensure data validated
model and coach structures and programming using the three
engage in Religious Education learning walks
Priority 2 For all students to demonstrate proficient writing skills reaching
expected growth according to the creating texts sub elements of The
Literacy Learning Progressions and in NAPLAN an increase in the top
two bands of writing in Years 3 and 5 and an increase in children
achieving expected growth in Years 5 and 7 data of at least 10
Reason for Priority 2 NAPLAN data illustrates that while students in the top two bands are
increasing in Year 5 there is a slight increase in the lower bands in
Years 3 and Year 5 13 students We are very pleased with our writing
growth which is on a steady upward trend Staff data analysis supports
the notion that it would be beneficial to consolidate our professional
learning in writing In 2019 there will be focus on literacy progressions
to track the creating texts sub elements
Steps to be taken to These will include
achieve Priority 2 facilitating professional learning to build knowledge and
understanding around the learning progressions and how to
track them
providing feedback support and assistance to teachers
regarding the learning progressions
structuring collaborative opportunities for staff to engage
in tracking the creating texts sub elements of the learning
progressions
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Priority 3 For all students to improve their reasoning and visualisation skills
when solving challenging tasks and multi step problems
Reason for Priority 3 NAPLAN data indicated that students might benefit from a focus on
further developing skills in answering multi step questions requiring a
sound understanding of Mathematical terminology and problem
solving Staff analysis of data suggested further inquiry and
professional learning needs to be provided to improve the students
ability to comprehend mathematical terminology better
Steps to be taken to These will include
achieve Priority 3 introducing challenging warm up games focusing on visual
providing professional learning around strategies to develop
mathematical vocabulary
developing high yield visualisation games activities and
analysing student achievement data in visualisation related
assessments
co constructing precise learning intentions and success criteria
focusing on visual reasoning skills
in situ coaching to integrate mathematical terminology into
daily practice strategically
Community Satisfaction
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