HOW YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL DID THIS YEAR
RESULTS are in and smaller schools around the Southern Downs have shown they are a cut above the rest when it comes to meeting national minimum standards in education.
Analysis of data from the 2018 NAPLAN testing shows schools such as Wheatvale State School and St Patrick’s State School in Allora are performing best in most areas of primary school testing.
Every Year 3 and 5 student from Wheatvale achieved above the national standard in every category, except reading.
The NAPLAN testing measures core skills in reading, writing, grammar and punctuation, spelling and numeracy.
Going from a school with more than 30 kids in one class, the move to Wheatvale State School was one Deuchar parent Andrew Dunn has never regretted, despite the longer commute each day.
Two years after the big move, Mr Dunn’s eight-yearold son Peter sat the NAPLAN test for the first time.
He said a relaxed attitude from teachers made students feel prepared for the exam, which measures students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 throughout Australia.
“They took a really soft approach in the lead-up and it wasn’t an issue at all,” Mr Dunn said.
“I think they did things to make the kids feel like it was something special and not a test.”
Mr Dunn sees firsthand the level of care and attention students at Wheatvale receive when he helps out with parent reading on a Thursday morning.
“Your certainly get an idea of the standard and if the kids are having any problems they get supervised very well,” he said.
Peter shares a combined Year 3 and 4 classroom with 13 other students.
“I think they are less likely to fall through the cracks in a small school,” Mr Dunn said.
But going beyond an academic focus could be the key to Wheatvale’s success.
Mr Dunn said the school community created a fun and supportive environment that made children want to go to school.
“Even when we were on holidays, Peter was asking to go back to class,” Mr Dunn said.
“I think if a student is going to be successful they need to be happy at school – if they don’t like the environment they won’t have their thinking cap on all the time.”
Other small schools around the Southern Downs stacked up when the results came in.
Every Year 3 student at St Patrick’s School in Allora achieved above the minimum standard in writing, spelling and grammar and punctuation.
Year 5 students ranked highly in reading and numeracy.
Scots PGC College in Warwick also stood out with high achievers across the board.
. For a full breakdown of NAPLAN result from schools across the Southern Downs visit the Warwick Daily News website.
A LOVE FOR LEARNING: Wheatvale State School was one of the best performing schools in the Southern Downs region.