DIOCESE OF TOOWOOMBA CATHOLIC SCHOOLS EXCELS IN NAPLAN RESULTS
Toowoomba Catholic Schools is proud to have been recognised by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) for demonstrating substantially above average growth in its NAPLAN results across six of its schools. St Saviour’s College Toowoomba, St Stephen’s School Pittsworth, Sacred Heart Primary School Toowoomba, St Joseph’s School Chinchilla and Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School and St Saviour’s Primary School,Toowoomba all achieved significant growth.
St Saviour’s College had the highest improvement out of all Toowoomba Secondary Schools for the Year 7 to 9 progress in all domains except writing where they were the second most improved secondary school. “This is great news and a result of all the hard work of teachers and students focusing on individual needs and personal improvement. We have had a big focus on numeracy and literacy development across the whole school which is obviously working as we were also recognised for above average growth last year. We have an enhanced culture in academic excellence which is preparing our junior school for when they move up to the senior school” said College Principal, Ms Sharon Collins.
St Stephen’s School, Pittsworth has been recognised for gains in the Year 3 to Year 5 progress in numeracy. Sacred Heart Primary School gains were seen in the Year 3 to Year 5 progress in reading. Another Toowoomba Catholic School to achieve growth in the Year 3 to Year progress in reading was St Joseph’s School Chinchilla. Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School and St Saviour’s Primary School were both recognized for gains in the Year 3 to Year 5 progress in reading and numeracy. Great results!
“Toowoomba Catholic Schools are performing particularly well around reading improvement as a result of the Reading Improvement Strategy. This Diocesan approach has resulted in significant improvements far earlier than expected. The strategy of staff working together to develop a joint understanding of what students need in order to improve their learning outcomes has been paramount in success in this domain. Our Teaching and Learning Mission is to promote excellence and innovation in all of our schools. I am extremely proud of the exceptional work happening in our schools, led and supported by highly qualified staff who act in partnership with parents to bring out the best in every student,” said Dr Pat Coughlan, Executive Director: Catholic Schools.