Stay calm, say suc­cess­ful stu­dents

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

STU­DENTS at Townsville’s top­per­form­ing school in the Na­tional As­sess­ment Pro­gram – Lit­er­acy and Numer­acy test say the key to suc­cess is to re­main calm be­fore tests.

Townsville Gram­mar Year 9 stu­dent Emily Price said prepa­ra­tion, in­clud­ing prac­tice tests, had helped.

“We did a lot of work on gram­mar in English classes,” she said.

“We re­vised it and brushed up on the things we learned.”

She ad­vised stu­dents to think of it as they would any other test.

“Just go in like it’s a prac­tice test and you won’t feel pres­sure,” she said.

Di­rec­tor of stud­ies Stephen Monk said the school ap­proached NAPLAN tests by en­sur­ing the stu­dents had a well- rounded ed­u­ca­tion.

“We don’t ‘ pre­pare’ per se for NAPLAN,” he said.

“We con­tinue to work on lit­er­acy and numer­acy skills and the test takes care of it­self.”

Mr Monk said stu­dents were told a “good night’s sleep” was vi­tal.

“There’s no point stress­ing about it be­cause it’s not the thing that’s go­ing to have a long- term im­pact on them,” he said. “I think for the stu­dents, know­ing that they just need to come in and give it their best shot takes the anx­i­ety away. But Year 12 is a dif­fer­ent story.”

Mr Monk said the school had a com­mu­nity ap­proach to learn­ing and a strong cul­ture of suc­cess.

“We have kids that are en­gaged in learn­ing and teach­ers who en­joy teach­ing,” he said. “We have very good parental sup­port, which the school en­cour­ages.

“We try to keep the com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels very open be­tween the par­ents and teach­ers, to keep them on the right track.”

AN­DREW BACK­HOUSE

TEST TIME: Townsville Gram­mar Year 9 school cap­tains Lach­lan Carey, 14, and Emily Price, 14. Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

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