A Letter to Faith Students about NAPLAN

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by Kylie Hitz, NAPLAN Coordinator

To our students,

Soon you will sit your NAPLAN test. Before you take this test, there is something very important for you to know:

This test does not assess all of what makes each of you exceptional and unique.

The people who score this test don’t know that some of you love to sing, are good at drawing or can teach others how to use a computer.

They don’t know that some of you speak two languages or that your smile and laughter can brighten the darkest day.

They have not seen the way that some of you can dance with grace or speak confidently to a large group.

They do not know that you are an excellent friend and those friends count on you to be there for them when they are sad.

They don’t know that you love to read or tell jokes.

They do not know that you participate in sports, help out at home or that you play with your little brother, sister or cousins. They do not know that you are caring, thoughtful, funny and that every day you do your best.

Because these attributes cannot be tested.

The scores you get from this test will tell you how you did on that day but they will not tell you everything.

They can’t tell you that you have improved on something you once found difficult.

There are many ways of being smart.

You are smart! You are enough! They can’t tell you how amazingly special you are.

So be prepared to do your best for the NAPLAN test and remember there is no one way to ‘test’ all the amazing and wonderful things that make you, YOU!


Your Faith Teachers

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