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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.

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