NAPLAN suc­cess a proud achieve­ment

Gayn­dah State School ap­proach pro­vides aca­demic qual­ity

Central and North Burnett Times - - SCHOOL ENROLMENT -

GAYN­DAH State School is proud of its rich her­itage and tra­di­tion of in­clu­sive ed­u­ca­tion.

The pro­fes­sional teach­ing per­son­nel go above and beyond to en­sure that stu­dents re­ceive the best pos­si­ble ed­u­ca­tion with com­pas­sion and en­cour­age­ment.

In line with this phi­los­o­phy, Mrs Ul­coq, Mrs Cal­laghan and I trav­elled to Gee­long Gram­mar where a Pos­i­tive Ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram has been de­vel­oped in as­so­ci­a­tion with Mel­bourne Univer­sity.

It is a pro­gram that lays the foun­da­tions for a sup­port­ive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment that leads all stu­dents to achieve their po­ten­tial. We will be im­ple­ment­ing Pos­i­tive Ed­u­ca­tion prac­tices through our reg­u­lar 3G pro­gram where so­cial skills are di­rectly taught.

Part of the rea­son Gayn­dah State School did ex­cep­tion­ally well in Ed­u­ca­tion Queens­land’s Dis­ci­pline Au­dit was the way in which we teach so­cial skills to chil­dren.

It is not an in­nate abil­ity for chil­dren to in­ter­act with other peo­ple.

We know this be­cause chil­dren make so­cial mis­takes, learn from them and move on. This is part of the learn­ing process all chil­dren go through. Our 3G pro­gram is aimed at this learn­ing and it re­ally does help chil­dren get along with one another.

In 2013 our school was rated as one of the top schools in Queens­land (NAPLAN) in get­ting stu­dents to achieve their best. Our school achieved higher mean scores in 2014, par­tic­u­larly with our Year 5 and 7 stu­dents.

Even though NAPLAN is one test, it does in­di­cate that our teach­ing staff and pro­grams are ef­fec­tive.

We at the school are proud of this achieve­ment.

Our ex­pe­ri­enced and well-qual­i­fied support teach­ers Mr Koster (learn­ing support) and speech pathol­o­gist Deirdre Rack­e­mann support stu­dents who have dif­fi­cul­ties and those who are achiev­ing.

The more ca­pa­ble stu­dents can ex­tend their skills into an area of ex­cel­lence, be it sports, academia or the arts.

Th­ese are the key fea­tures of our proven aca­demic suc­cess.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

LAN­GUAGE SKILLS: Speech pathol­o­gist Dei­dre Rack­e­mann works with Gayn­dah State School stu­dents Kaitlyn Huth, Stu­art Messer and Har­ley Mad­dern.

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