FOR OUR KIDS
The big test scores from little schools
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.”
TOP OF THE CLASS: The Summit State School Year 5s celebrate their results.
BIG RESULTS: Applethorpe kids are celebrating their great NAPLAN result. (RIGHT) Results from the top schools based on %students above National Minimum Standard.