Illalong News

  • 4th August, 2017

From the Principal's Desk

News reports this week have announced that NAPLAN results have now been released and parents with children in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 should have their individualised reports very soon.

For parents who are not familiar with NAPLAN, these are the nationwide annual assessments of all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in the areas of reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy.

For many years, Queensland has lagged behind other states in Australia, but 2017 results indicate that more students achieved results in the Upper Bands than ever before. This is a pleasing result for our State and shows a greater focus on these important elements of education in our schools.

Earlier in the year, A.B. Paterson College was recognised by Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) as one of the Top 20 schools in Queensland for demonstrating improvements in literacy and numeracy from 2013-2016. The significant and ongoing incremental improvement has prompted their request for the College to participate in a research study designed to articulate and define the various instructional strategies we have used to achieve such improvement.

The NAPLAN results released earlier this week have further identified our College’s tremendous strength in literacy and numeracy development, with our College leading the way in NAPLAN achievement on the Gold Coast. Comparison of our results against other local schools indicates that our College has significantly outperformed others in these assessments. 

Channel 9 visited our College on Thursday and then ran a brief but significant story on our leading results. As parents, you can be proud of your College and take comfort in the fact that our staff are outstanding in their knowledge, skills, efforts and dedication. Our staff take continuous improvement seriously and work to bring out the best in all children. 

Channel 9 News Gold Coast video: https://www.facebook.com/9NewsGoldCoast/videos/10154735346331723/

While these assessments do not reflect all that a school does, and certainly are not the aggregate of all achievement, they are, nevertheless, an important diagnostic and reflective tool that, when considered appropriately, can assist in educational planning and decision-making. 

One of the most important measures of school achievement is in fact the incremental improvements that are observed in student results. Unlike a number of schools, A.B. Paterson College is not academically selective, nor do we look to bring in highly academic students to ‘boost results’ – our results are ‘home grown’ and the result of tireless hours of dedication from our teachers. Whether it be through an analysis of our ongoing academic improvements, the ability of our students to deliver an outstanding TED Talk, their ability to stand and speak with passion, in-depth knowledge and confidence, or indeed the results that our students achieve, as evidenced by these NAPLAN results which highlight our leading approaches to education, you can be very proud of your College and our staff.

I would like to conclude with a quote from Solomon Oritz:

Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.

I thank our staff - each and every one of them - for their role in providing opportunity, the highest quality education and for inspiring our students to achieve such outstanding and leading results. Well done to you all.

Brian Grimes

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