NAPLAN nod for Chris­tian col­lege kids

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THEY’RE a bunch of smart cook­ies at Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege it seems.

The school re­cently re­ceived a let­ter from the Aus­tralia Cur­ricu­lum, As­sess­ment and Re­port­ing Au­thor­ity ex­plain­ing they had per­formed sub­stan­tially above the av­er­age gain in their NAPLAN re­sults.

ACARA CEO Robert Ran­dall said this was an im­pres­sive achieve­ment.

“Gains of this mag­ni­tude are sig­nif­i­cant and wor­thy of high­light­ing and ac­knowl­edge­ment,” he said.

Prin­ci­pal Nathan McDon­ald said the school was “proud of this out­stand­ing achieve­ment”.

“To have the col­lege identi- fied and con­grat­u­lated by ACARA is such an hon­our for our school com­mu­nity,” Mr McDon­ald said.

The ac­knowl­edge­ment is handed out when a school com­pares well to pre­vi­ous years, schools with sim­i­lar stu­dents based on com­mu­nity so­cio-ed­u­ca­tional ad­van­tage level and other stu­dents with sim­i­lar NAPLAN av­er­age start­ing score points.

Mr McDon­ald at­trib­uted part of the school’s suc­cess to a Schools Queens­land’s SelfIm­prov­ing Schools Pro­gram with a fo­cus on us­ing data more strate­gi­cally.

“This pro­ject is hav­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact on what hap­pens in our class­rooms, as teach­ers are in­creas­ingly us- ing data about how stu­dents are track­ing in their learn­ing to in­form their teach­ing,” he said.

“It has been amaz­ing to see the many ways Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege is im­prov­ing and de­vel­op­ing.”

Mr McDon­ald stressed Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege was about more than just re­sults.

“While this is a great ac­com­plish­ment for the school aca­dem­i­cally, we ac­tu­ally fo­cus on ed­u­cat­ing the whole child; head, hands heart,” he said.

“We de­sire to see our chil­dren and young peo­ple flour­ish in all ar­eas; spir­i­tu­ally, emo­tion­ally, so­cially, phys­i­cally as well as aca­dem­i­cally.”

YOUNG ACHIEV­ERS: Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege prin­ci­pal Nathan McDon­ald with stu­dents (back, from left) Wil­liam Preat, Keileb Arkin­stall, Stella Dug­gan, Will Putt, (front) Daina Brown, Ni­cholas Hansen and Tahlia McNally. Photo: Con­trib­uted

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