THREE Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta schools made the NAPLAN honour roll by significantly exceeding national benchmarks.
Catherine McAuley, Westmead, St Columba’s Catholic College, Springwood and Corpus Christi Primary School, Cranebrook were identified by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) as having achieved significant growth in literacy, numeracy or both.
Catherine McAuley Principal Laetitia Richmond said as a school community they are delighted to be recognised as having achieved above average gains in NAPLAN in both literacy and numeracy.
“Catherine McAuley Year 7 students have performed above average in Reading, Writing, Spelling and Grammar,’’ Ms Richmond said.
The Catherine McAuley Year 9 students were are also above average in all four areas (they were substantially above average in Writing). They were also above average in Numeracy.
“Our NAPLAN success reflects our learning culture where staff focus on student engagement and high expectations for all.
“Students are encouraged to play a part in directing their learning and to make connections between the classroom and the world through a range of teaching and learning styles, including project based learning, accelerated learning opportunities in Maths and inquiry learning.’’
Candice Ferey, St Columba’s Catholic College, Springwood’s Leader of Learning - Literacy and Numeracy, said these results highlight the commitment of teachers to improve student outcomes.
“It reflects the importance of what they plan and do in every lesson each day,’’ Mrs Ferey said.
“Our teachers have a strong belief they can make a difference to the students’ learning and achievement.
Ms Ferey identified the building of a strong school learning culture with a clear focus on developing and supporting highly skilled teachers as reasons for the students’ learning gain.
“Our approach is that every day counts and every student can progress in their learning.” She also reinforced how important student wellbeing is to learning.
Corpus Christi Primary, Cranebrook Principal Paul Devlin said these gains are a result of the implementation of effective teaching strategies right across the school when teaching literacy and numeracy.
“We recognise the importance of effective instruction and have focused on professional learning to build the capacity of our teachers,” Mr Devlin said.
“I feel proud of this achievement and acknowledge the dedication of all staff at Corpus Christi to maintain their practice to ensure all students are challenged to achieve their best.
“I do, however, acknowledge NAPLAN is only one measure of learning gain and we celebrate many other elements of student growth and learning which reflect the education of the whole child.’’