Prep teacher Julie Nelson, reads with Andrew Squires, Jake Sixtus and Jordyn Hohenhaus.
Prep teacher Julie Nelson, reads with Andrew Squires, Jake Sixtus and Jordyn Hohenhaus.

Booking in for a story of success

WHEN Sandra Wright stepped into the role of temporary principal at Glennie Heights State School, she made it her priority to get the students' noses into books.

Her vision has proved successful, after "sensational" results were realised for the prep classes last week.

All prep students were individually assessed on their reading levels at the beginning of the year, when none of them were performing at the target rate expected of them.

Now, 90% have achieved those school targets, based on an assessment program used at all schools.

Ms Wright, who will be moving to Stanthorpe at the end of the year to become principal at the primary school there, said the results were sensational.

"My belief is that reading is the cornerstone of all learning," she said.

"The prep year is the one we have targeted to try and raise literacy levels and it is satisfying to see the results."

Raising the reading standards, Ms Wright said, would enable the whole school to move forward.

"This success we've had was really due to the teachers and teacher aides who have made reading fun and enjoyable, and making sure the students are rewarded for their effort."

While some students had help from their family when completing their reading homework, Ms Wright said it was even more pleasing seeing the students complete their homework through their own means.

One prep student in particular, whose parents worked long hours and couldn't spend time doing homework with him, made sure he learnt his special 'sight' words in his own time.

"He did it in his own time - and it was great, because when one student starts and enjoys it, everyone else does the same thing," Ms Wright said.

The teachers are now keen to see what a full 12 months of extra reading support does for each year level.


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