Moss­man scores high for stu­dent at­ten­dance

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

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.

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