Schools impress in national test

Apollo Bay P-12 College junior school captains Felix Jones and Thea Callahan, both Grade Six, were among the school’s Grade Five pupils who sat the Naplan test last year. The school score well above average in the test. They are pictured with college teacher Jenny Bryant.

Colac district’s coastal schools have recorded impressive results in a national literacy and numeracy test.

Primary school pupils in Grade Three and Grade Five along with Year Seven and Nine students across the region sat the Naplan test last year.

Apollo Bay P-12 College’s Grade Three pupils recorded an average score of 465 for writing, substantially above the state average of 426, and its Grade Five pupils were above the state average in reading, writing, grammar and punctuation and numeracy.

The Bay’s Year Seven students were above the state average in all literacy categories and were above the average of statistically similar schools in numeracy, and Year Nine students recorded an average score of 615 in reading, substantially above the state average of 581.

School principal Tiffany Holt said she was “stoked” by the school’s test results.

“I think it’s the care and the dedication in our classrooms by our teachers,” Ms Holt said.

“We know our students well, we spend a lot of time working on our students’ skills and we know when they need help and we provide that help for them and extend when we can,” she said.

Ms Holt said being a P-12 school and a small school was challenging, but the school liked to see it as an advantage.

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