For Parents

For Parents

Independent schools provide choice, diversity, innovation and excellence in education and enable families to choose an education that best meets the needs of their child and family. South Australian Independent schools educate students within a curriculum underpinned by a diverse range of religious beliefs (Anglican, Baptist, Christian, Christadelphian, Greek Orthodox, Islamic, Lutheran, Seventh-day Adventist, Uniting) and educational philosophies (Montessori, Waldorf Steiner). The sector also includes a number of secular schools and a special school which educates students with severe disabilities.

Choosing the Right School for Your Child

Choosing the right school for your child can be a challenging task.  A clear sense of the kind of school and education you are seeking will make the process easier. Schools will have information they can send to you about curriculum, fees, ethos, etc. A visit to the school can also help. All schools should welcome this visit.

 

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Search our Member Schools

To learn more about our schools and assist you in finding the appropriate school for your child, you can search through our schools by location, gender, religion, and/or year level. We have included email and website links to schools for further information. All information is kept as accurate as possible. It is subject to modification, and changes are made on a regular basis.

 

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Term Dates

Individual schools should be contacted for details of their own particular arrangements. Some schools may commence Term 1 a week early, and take a three week break in either April or July.

 

2018 Term Dates

2018

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term Dates

29 January – 13 April or
5 February to 13 April

30 April – 29 June or
30 April to 6 July

23 July – 28 September

14 October – 11 December

Exeat Dates

12 March

11 June

3 and 12 September

Department for Education Dates

29 January – 13 April

30 April – 6 July

23 July – 28 September

15 October – 14 December

 

2018 Public Holidays

Monday 1 January: New Year’s Day                               Wednesday 25 April: Anzac Day
Friday 26 January: Australia Day                                   Monday 11 June: Queen’s Birthday & Volunteer’s Day
Monday 12 March: March public holiday                         Monday 1 October: Labour Day
Friday 30 March: Good Friday                                       Tuesday 25 December: Christmas Day
Monday 2 April: Easter Monday                                     Wednesday 26 December: Proclamation Day

 

 

2019 Term Dates

2019

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term Dates 28 January – 12 April or
4 February to 12 April
29 April – 28 June or
29 April to 5 July
22 July – 27 September or
29 July – 27 September
14 October – 13 December or
14 October – 4 December
Exeat Dates 16 February, 9 & 11 March,
15 April
18 May, 8 & 10 June,
1 & 8 July
10 August, 2, 7 &
30 September
 2 & 23 November,
12 December
Department for Education Dates 29 January – 12 April 29 April – 5 July 22 July – 27 September 14 October – 13 December

 

2019 Public Holidays

Tuesday 1 January: New Year’s Day                                  Thursday 25 April: Anzac Day
Monday 28 January: Australia Day                                   Monday 10 June: Queen’s Birthday & Volunteer’s Day
Monday 11 March: March public holiday                         Monday 7 October: Labour Day
Friday 19 April: Good Friday                                              Wednesday 25 December: Christmas Day
Monday 22 April: Easter Monday                                     Thursday 26 December: Proclamation Day

 

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Parent Initiatives in Education (PIE) Grants Program

The PIE Grants Program aims to support parent groups to increase the participation of parents/carers in their child’s school community. The AISSA administers the program on behalf the Minister for Education and Child Development.

 

The grants are intended to support schools and preschools and their communities to develop innovative projects or new initiatives which will:

 

  1. Encourage and promote greater participation of parents and caregivers who are not well represented in their school and preschool decision making; and/or
  2. Encourage and increase an understanding by parents and caregivers of their role in supporting children and young people’s learning in literacy and numeracy through parent engagement strategies.

 

For more information please contact the AISSA on +61 8179 1400 or email office@ais.sa.edu.au.

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Scholarships: South Australian Co-operative Entry Program

The South Australian Co-operative Entry Program (ACEP) is for Year 8 scholarship entry to Independent and Catholic schools in 2020. Some schools offer this scholarship for students entering Year 7.  The scholarship testing is organised by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).  For details of schools participating in the ACEP test and registration details, please visit www.acer.edu.au/acep or telephone (03) 9277 5749.

 

School Governance

AISSA is committed to assisting its member schools to undertake effective and professional governance arrangements through a major annual conference, workshops and on an individual school basis as required. There have been substantial developments in governance theory and practice in recent years of which boards need to be aware if they are to lead their schools successfully into the future.  AISSA understands that effective governance is critical to the growth, health and innovative spirit of the sector and for education provision as a whole.

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NAPLAN

The National Assessment Program (NAP) assists governments, education authorities and schools to determine whether young Australians are reaching important educational goals.

 

The NAP includes:

  • The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)
  • Three-yearly NAP sample assessments in science literacy, civics and citizenship, and information and communication technology (ICT) literacy
  • International sample assessments.

 

In May of every year, students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 take part in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). NAPLAN was introduced in 2008 and is part of the NAP.

From 2018 the Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is working towards moving NAPLAN online. Over a three-year period, schools across Australia will move to having students complete the NAPLAN tests using a computer or another electronic device, such as a tablet.

 

To access an overview of the format of the paper tests, a full set of example tests is available. Parents and students are able to see what the online tests look like by visiting the public demonstration site.

 

In 2018 the commencement of NAPLAN testing coincides with the beginning of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.  ACARA has provided information for parents in support of students observing Ramadan and undertaking NAPLAN.

 

Schools will receive NAPLAN reports for their students from mid-August. The same report format is used for every student in Australia. The school will notify you when the reports are being sent home and is your first point of contact for any questions.

 

General Information

General information can be accessed below:

2018 NAPLAN Paper Parent Brochure
2018 NAPLAN Online Parent Brochure

 

Future NAPLAN Testing Dates

States and Territories have agreed on the following schedule of dates for the NAPLAN into the future:

 

2018    15 – 17 May (Paper test period)
            15 – 25 May* (NAPLAN online test window)

2019    14 – 16 May (Paper test period)
            12 – 24 May* (NAPLAN online test window)

*To assist schools in ensuring they have a sufficient number of devices, the test window for NAPLAN Online is extended from three to nine days to allow flexibility for tests to be staggered.

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Child Protection Training for Volunteers

An interactive online course about child protection for volunteers is available at the link below.  The course features audio so users should ensure they have speakers or headphones available before beginning.  A certificate of participation will be issued at the completion of the course.  The course takes approximately 90 minutes to complete.

 

www.plink.sa.edu.au (please select the Non-Department sign-up option)
RAN EC Volunteers plink user guide