FOR OUR KIDS

The big test scores from lit­tle schools

Stanthorpe Border Post - - FRONT PAGE -

NAPLAN re­sults are in, and Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 stu­dents across the Gran­ite Belt can give them­selves a pat on the back for achiev­ing some great marks.

Two schools had ex­tra rea­son to cel­e­brate with 100 per cent of their stu­dents achiev­ing above the na­tional min­i­mum stan­dard in all cat­e­gories. How­ever the prin­ci­pals told the Border Post, there is no real se­cret to mak­ing the grade.

If they have ba­sics un­der con­trol ev­ery­thing else takes care of it­self.

— Ap­plethorpe prin­ci­pal, Martin Hodg­son

TEACH the stu­dents the ba­sics and the rest will come nat­u­rally.

That’s the motto Ap­plethorpe State School prin­ci­pal Martin Hodg­son runs his school by and with 100 per cent of his Year 3 and 5 stu­dents scor­ing above the na­tional min­i­mum stan­dard on the NAPLAN test he’s proven his motto has merit.

Mr Hodg­son said for the eight Year 3 stu­dents and nine Year 5s who took the test, it was im­por­tant for the teach­ers to not put pres­sure on the chil­dren.

“There’s noth­ing out of the or­di­nary that we do to pre­pare them apart from our nor­mal teach­ing,” he said.

“While NAPLAN is an im­por­tant point in time test, there’s a lot of other test­ing that we do that gives a more ac­cu­rate de­scrip­tion of what the chil­dren achieve.

“It works for us, other schools might be dif­fer­ent.”

Al­though Mr Hodg­son is proud of how the stu­dents per­formed he doesn’t be­lieve NAPLAN should be a bench­mark for schools against each other.

“I’m very happy that the stu­dents have achieved well and that’s good for us and it’s good for them to know and it re­flects all the teach­ing that goes on at the school,” he said.

“If they have ba­sics un­der con­trol ev­ery­thing else takes care of it­self.”

It’s that great teach­ing that helped The Sum­mit State School achieve the same re­sults of 100 per cent of their stu­dents above the na­tional min­i­mum on NAPLAN.

Prin­ci­pal Will Ash­burn said all the credit goes to the teach­ers and the eight Year and six Year 5 stu­dents who took the test.

“As a prin­ci­pal it makes me re­ally happy, there’s ob­vi­ously ar­eas to im­prove on as well but over­all we’re very happy with our re­sults,” Mr Ash­burn said.

“The staff have done a re­ally good job get­ting the kids to do as well as they have.

“It’s ob­vi­ously a tes­ta­ment to the kids as well, they’ve done ex­cep­tion­ally well.”

PHOTO: LIANA WALKER

TOP OF THE CLASS: The Sum­mit State School Year 5s cel­e­brate their re­sults.

PHOTO: LIANA WALKER

BIG RE­SULTS: Ap­plethorpe kids are cel­e­brat­ing their great NAPLAN re­sult. (RIGHT) Re­sults from the top schools based on %stu­dents above Na­tional Min­i­mum Stan­dard.

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