Moss­man’s pri­mary kids have the smarts

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

MOSS­MAN State School stu­dents have a lot to be proud of, with this year’s NAPLAN re­sults show­ing the school has surged ahead with huge im­prove­ments across the board.

Af­ter dis­ap­point­ing re­sults in 2013 and 2014, staff at the school com­mit­ted to a turn­around.

With the stu­dents at the school now per­form­ing at or above the stan­dards of the rest of Aus­tralia in all five ar­eas – read­ing, writ­ing, spell­ing, gram­mar and punc­tu­a­tion and nu­mer­acy – clearly some­thing has gone right.

“We are re­ally ex­cited about the data,” said head of teach­ing and learn­ing Sharon Case.

“We can’t wait to see where we can go next – th­ese kids keep ris­ing to the chal­lenge.

“Be­cause we in­sist on higher ex­pec­ta­tions, and be­cause we be­lieve every child can learn, per­form and ex­cel, our stu­dent per­for­mances will con­tinue to im­prove.”

This year rep­re­sents the sec­ond year in a row of im­prove­ments, with a num­ber of strate­gies in­clud­ing daily lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy con­sol­i­da­tions and at­ten­dance strate­gies given credit.

Ms Case said that it was all the stu­dents though. “Th­ese kids punch well above their weight.”

NAPLAN as­sesses stu­dents in years 3 and 5.

Do you have a news tip? Con­tact Edi­tor Shane Ni­chols on 4099 8555 or shane.ni­chols@news.com.au

High achiev­ers: the year 3 and 5 stu­dents of Moss­man State School. Pic­tured: Bayahn As­ton-Di­lan, Nanami An­der­son, Yr 3 teacher Margie Mather, Pharoh Smith, Jai Sch­warzer and Sa­mual Smith.

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