FROM THE PRINCIPAL
NAPLAN Results and Musical Production
This week we have sent home to parents of Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 their NAPLAN results from the recent tests held in Term 2. The release of these results across Australia inevitably capture the attention of the media and focus attention on standards in education and relative assessments of the quality of our educational programs across our country.
As I have looked over our schools overall results it is worth sharing with our community how well our students have performed compared to State and National averages - they are quite outstanding. I do want to congratulate our students collectively on their results, which reflect their commitment to doing the best and fulfilling their potential – something we value highly here at CCAS. I am particularly pleased with the positive trends in individual student achievement over a number of years, which attest to both the effort and application of individual students and the quality of our teachers and our academic program. Well done to all.
Of particular interest this year has been the results from our Year 9 cohort who, for the first time, where given the early opportunity through NAPLAN to demonstrate their capacity to meet the minimum standards for Literacy and Numeracy to qualify for the HSC (which we need to remember is not for another three years for these students). It was pleasing to see that 75% of our students have achieved this standard in Numeracy (compared with approximately 35% across the state), more than 70% achieving the reading standard and almost 60% the writing standard (approximately 30% state wide). This is an outstanding result given they still have three more years of learning opportunities and development to achieve this minimum standard. Those who did not achieve a Band 8 (the minimum benchmark) should not be concerned, as they will be provided with multiple opportunities in Years 10-12 to formally achieve this benchmark.
I must admit that I continue to be frustrated with the media spin on this new minimum requirement in education, which continues to place an unnecessary focus on our current Year 9 cohort and their relative capacity to achieve this standard now. Although it is great that so many of our students have the capacity to achieve this requirement now – it is not what is expected, so please do not put pressure on your child now or in future years, if they don’t they don’t achieve one or more of these standards in Year 9. They are the exceptions to the rule – as demonstrated in the reported state averages the media has shared.
Excitement continues to build for next week’s musical production, "The Peace Child", which will be amazing. Tickets online sold out very quickly and we released another round of tickets just today. We have held back a limited number of tickets for door sales at the event. I am about to watch a full dress rehearsal, which will I am sure provide opportunity to settle nerves and iron out any last minute glitches, preparing students to shine next Monday at the first of our performances. I am sure all who attend will enjoy!