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Story Dogs

 

We have the ‘Story Dogs Reading Support Program’ operating at Pacific Paradise State School;

Story Dogs is a fun, unique and exciting reading program in our school. Benefits to our school and students:-
 
Year 2 students receive one on one time, approx. 20 mins, with an accredited Dog Team, the dog handler and the dog.;
 
A reading support program that gets results – see web site for more details ;
 
Minimal class disruption – the dog does not go into the classroom unless invited by the classroom teacher. All reading sessions are outside of the classroom in a quiet space nearby;
 
A new and exciting spin on reading for our students and;
 
A FREE unique reading support program.
 
The Dog Team visits on the same day at the same time each week, seeing the same 4 – 6 Target Students.
 
Books are chosen to suit the child’s reading level. Story Dogs does supply books and books can also be from the classroom or library.
 
During the session the handler often speaks through the dog, such as; “Lassie doesn’t quite understand what is happening on this page could you help him out?” The child becomes the teacher; confidence soars!

National Testing for Year 3 and 5 NAPLAN

 

The tests will see all students in Years 3 and 5 sitting the same tests as their interstate counterparts.

The test results will provide information about how all state and non-state school students are performing in literacy and numeracy at their year level in comparison to their peers across Australia.

Parent Tips for preparing your child for NAPLAN:

 
While it’s important that students perform at their best, it’s also important that students are not unduly stressed.
 
 Here are some general tips for your child’s preparation:
 
  • Get at least eight hours sleep prior to each day of testing
  • It is extremely important for your child to have a balanced breakfast on each testing day
  • It is also important that your child have access to healthy food for morning tea each day of testing (packed lunch or tuckshop)
  • Please ensure that your child is in school winter uniform so they are warm.
  • Students must be on time to school
 
A "Smartie" knows how to prepare for the test
 
Get a good night’s sleep.
 
Have a healthy breakfast
 
Try your best.