NAPLAN nod for Christian college kids
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