School's NAPLAN letter to students is heartwarming
A LETTER to Walkervale's State School's Year 3 and 5 students, letting them know the NAPLAN Test does not assess what makes each one of them exceptional and unique, has received an overwhelming positive response on social media.
The letter was sent to parents last week, before the tests on May 11 and 12, and has since been shared more than 2500 times and attracted hundreds of positive comments.
Addressed to Year 3 and 5 students the letter read, "Soon, you will sit the 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 these tests don't know that some of you love to sing, are good at drawing or can teach others how to use a computer program. 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 your friends count on you to be there for them when they are sad. They don't know that you participate in sports, help your Mum and Dad or that you play with your little brother, sister or cousins. They do not know that you are caring, thoughtful 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. They can't tell you that you brighten up your teacher's day. They can't tell you how amazingly special you are.
"So come to school ready to do your best for the NAPLAN test and remember there is no one way to 'test' all of the wonderful things that make you, YOU!"
On Monday the school responded to the positive feedback on social media.
A post on the school's Facebook page read, "We would like to acknowledge the overwhelming response we have had to this letter.
"We wish to confirm this is a letter similar in content to letters that have been published by others previously, we are not claiming it is our original work, it does however represent the ethos that we hold dear at Walkervale."