Top end-of-year mark to Artarmon school
As Artarmon Public School students begin a new year of education and learning, staff and teachers are using the previous year as a measure and guide for creating the school’s education goals and targets for 2012.
Courtesy of Gazette February 2012
Central to the planning are the school’s results in the 2011 NAPLAN tests. The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) was initiated by the Federal Government in 2008. It is a series of national tests in reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy that assess children in years three, five, seven and nine.
According to school principal Louise Green, APS is on track and performing well. “The school is very pleased with the students’ results. As usual our results are well above regional level and that makes us well above state level. The results are excellent and they reflect the variety and rigour in the school programs that we offer,” she told the Gazette.
In all five test areas, APS students in grades three and five were well above the state average. In year three reading, 68% of APS students performed in the top two bands compared with 46.5% of the state.
In year five, 92.3% of students appeared in the top two bands compared with 29.1% of the state. Green credits a busy, active and engaging school curriculum for the outstanding results.
“We’ve always believed here that offering a range of programs keeps children working, active and on task. This reduces behavioural issues and keeps kids on that learning continuum,” she said.
There is certainly plenty on the agenda to keep students busy and engaged in 2012. Major events are planned for each term and include the school swimming carnival in term one; the cross-country competition and a walkathon in term two; and the annual athletics carnival in term three. Also in term three the inaugural Artarmon Music Festival will be held, which will involve all performers from the school, both instrumental and vocal, in a concert to be held in the newly built concert hall at The Concourse, Chatswood. The school bands will perform together with the string group, choirs and J Rock participants. Based on enrolment numbers, it is a concert that is set to grow year on year.
Once again APS has substantially increased in size. This year, APS will house 35 classes. Consequently, the school is trialling a new two-storey demountable building from Victoria. Increased numbers mean there is also pressure on resources. The single computer lab can no longer service the needs of the entire student population. The Parents and Citizens committee is lending its support to the building of a new computer lab to ensure all APS students continue to receive the highest educational opportunities.
by Jane Rowley