This week our Year 3 and Year 5 students are sitting the NAPLAN tests. I would like to congratulate our students on their effort and persistence. All students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 across Australia sit these mandated annual tests. Even though the NAPLAN tests receive a great deal of public attention it is important to remember that the tests are only a "snapshot" of your child's achievement levels and do not give the full story the successes enjoyed as he or she moves through the education system. At schools like St Paul’s we focus on the education of the whole child and we know that no test can meas-ure the moral, spiritual, physical and educational progress made by a child in the years of schooling. For children whose English is their second language or who may have some learning problems, these test will always present difficulties. This may be reflected in a below average performance. This should not be taken as an indication of their progress at school. Most importantly, your child will receive an end of semester and an end of year school report which will be much more reflective of the work that they have done.