This term, children in years 3 and 5 will participate in NAPLAN Online testing from 11-21 May 2021.

In preparation of this, learners have continued to develop their ICT skills needed to complete NAPLAN and engaged in a practice test at the end of Term 1. The practice test does not assess student performance and has been developed to replace one of the familiarisation activities that schools have traditionally undertaken. Children are equipped with the skills, knowledge and learning every day through our personalised approach to learning, children will apply this knowledge to the NAPLAN assessments.

Families can become familiar with NAPLAN Online tests by visiting the public demonstration site, The purpose of the site is to familiarise children with the type of items they will see on NAPLAN Online and related functionalities. This level of familiarisation is worthwhile to help children understand and be comfortable with the format of the test.

Any families who wish to withdraw their children from NAPLAN can do so by collecting a withdrawal form from the front office.


This term our school will be engaging with the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC). The AEDC is a national census that measures early childhood development of children in their first year of full time school. Data collection for the AEDC states on 3 May 2021 and finishes on 25 June 2021. Census data will be collected for Learning Coaches through a survey.

Census data is used by early childhood educators and health services, local councils, community groups, school and governments to help plan and allocate the right type of services, resources and support for communities. Results are reported as groups rather than for individual children, and children remain anonymous.

AEDC Information for families

"Play is a primary, indeed a primal, way that we learn to understand and experience the world around us." – Ken Robinson

Children at Margaret Hendry School are active participants in their learning and the educational environment. They work with learning coaches/teachers, experts in residence, families and members of the wider community to develop and share knowledge, set goals and map out pathways to achieve them.   Children learn through inquiry using a hands-on approach linked authentically to the real world in which they live. This involves play-based pedagogy, guided inquiry and project-based learning. The Australian Curriculum and the Early Years Learning Framework guide the development of the learning undertaken by all children. For more information, please visit:

Through an inquiry pedagogy, children are empowered to develop personal agency and increase their sense of belonging when their unique voices are heard.