HEARTFELT NAPLAN MESSAGE
NAPLAN scores do not paint a complete picture.
This is the message Whitsunday Christian College staff member Lisa Sherrington wants to get across.
Two years ago, the teacher found a written piece that reflected her thoughts on NAPLAN tests.
She rewrote the piece to reflect what she had seen at Whitsunday Christian College and to send a heartfelt message to the school community ahead of this week’s tests.
“The people who score these tests don’t know that some of you have beautiful singing voices, can dance gracefully or are clever at teaching others how to use computer programs,” she said.
“The people who score these tests have not seen the way some of you can do a one-handed cartwheel in gymnastics or the way you love to help your teachers when no one else is around.
“The scores you get from tests like NAPLAN will tell you how well you did on these three days, but they will not tell you everything.”
Ms Sherrington said whether it was her own children or other students, her message could be applied to everyone.
“It’s not my words. I read it a few years ago and changed parts which didn’t apply to us as a school,” she said.
“It was just a beautiful message to help people remember what’s important.”
IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Grade 1–2 teacher Lisa Sherrington with her class.