Mossman scores high for student attendance
MOSSMAN State High School has one of the best attendance records in the Far North.
According to statistics on the MySchool 2.0 website which was relaunched this week, Mossman State High students have an attendance record of 91 per cent - just behind Redlynch State College out of 14 state high schools in the Far North.
Based on 2010 data, the new site reveals the financial data, total enrolments for student and teaching staff, student performances and school facilities available at every Queensland school.
Out of the 11 schools from the Douglas region, Miallo State School has the highest ratio of 18 students per teacher, with Daintree State School reporting the lowest with seven teachers per student.
The website also shows that there are 1777 students enrolled in the Douglas region, with 1204 attending the 10 local primary schools. The addition of financial data reveals state and federal money, school fees and charges and donations.
Assistant Director General of Corporate Strategy and Performance Jeff Hunt said the MySchool website highlights the need for caution regarding drawing comparisons between schools due to the inherent differences in funding arrangements.
“Schools with similar enrolments can have quite different net recurrent incomes per student,” he said.
Local father Stephen Nutt said that the website is creating stress for local principals and teachers by creating a competitive situation.
“For a parent to make a decision for their child’s high school education solely based on a website is irresponsible,” he said. “If parents want to examine a local school they need to go to the open days, talk to the students who are already attending the school and make sure your child is happy with the facilities offered.”
Local mum of three Jenny Walker also chose not to use the website to pick a high school.
“I didn’t base my decision on the website because we had been recommended to particular schools based on their reputation,” she said.