Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE -

HOT off the back of re­sults show­ing big gains in WA schools, Aus­tralind Se­nior High School showed off its bright­est to the Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Min­is­ter Si­mon Birm­ing­ham last week.

The visit by Mr Birm­ing­ham along with For­rest MHR Nola Marino, co­in­cided with the re­lease of pre­lim­i­nary re­sults from the Na­tional As­sess­ment Pro­gram Lit­er­acy and Nu­mer­acy.

The pair vis­ited the school, meet­ing with stu­dent lead­ers, Maths in Mo­tion classes and the stu­dent par­lia­ment.

Mr Birm­ing­ham and Mrs Marino also con­grat­u­lated Cameron Kelly and Bro­den Pol­lard who com­peted in the international Maths in Mo­tion fi­nal last month.

School prin­ci­pal Domenic Cam­era said it was a good op­por­tu­nity to talk to the min­is­ter about the unique is­sues the school faced.

Mr Birm­ing­ham high­lighted $17.3 mil­lion com­ing to the school over the next decade through the Gon­ski needs-based fund­ing model, part of $447.1 mil­lion across the elec­torate.

He ad­dressed the re­lease of the pre­lim­i­nary NAPLAN re­sults which showed na­tional gains in read­ing and nu­mer­acy but a dip across most states in writ­ing.

“We need to make sure that we fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing those writ­ing skills and that will be a core topic of my dis­cus­sion with State and Ter­ri­tory min­is­ters,” Mr Birm­ing­ham said.

WA’s re­sults were among the best na­tion­ally show­ing the big­gest growth in av­er­age achieve­ment across most of the tested ar­eas since 2008.

In WA, re­sults in read­ing and nu­mer­acy went up by 0.46 per cent and 0.75 per cent re­spec­tively, how­ever writ­ing dipped by 0.49 per cent match­ing the na­tional trend.

“The West has seen some re­ally pos­i­tive gains, stronger gains to much of the rest of the na­tion,” he said.

Pic­ture Jon Gell­weiler

For­rest MHR Nola Marino and Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Min­is­ter Si­mon Birm­ing­ham speak with Holly Curd, Year 7, dur­ing their visit to Aus­tralind Se­nior High School.

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