Top performers in the Southern Downs named.
Top performers in the Southern Downs named.

How your school performed: Two Granite Belt schools standout

GRANITE Belt schools have blitzed their Southern Downs counterparts to be heralded NAPLAN's best performers in Year's 5 and 9.

An independent analysis of five years of NAPLAN results has revealed the schools that shone in the Year 5 and Year 9 tests between 2015 and 2019.

Over that five-year period, Greenlands State School had higher Year 5 results than any other school in Queensland, scoring an average of 2543.4 each year.

Greenlands principal Kyle Low, while thrilled with the results, said it was "one piece of a very big puzzle".

"Results such as this help to affirm the high quality teaching that is happening in all our classrooms," Mr Low said.

"We have minimal preparation for NAPLAN.

Greenlands current year 6 class smashed NAPLAN goals last year.
Greenlands current year 6 class smashed NAPLAN goals last year.

"Each year, in the lead up to NAPLAN tests, we prepare students by exposing them to the style of questions they will come across in the tests.

"This is to ensure they feel confident and capable of completing the tests.

"Our hardworking and dedicated expert teaching team deliver a curriculum program that focuses on 21st century learning and allows us to differentiate for each individual to ensure there are no gaps in students' learning.

"We are fortunate to have a school community that highly values, appreciates and supports education and lifelong learning.

"I would caution parents from simply using NAPLAN results to inform their enrolment choice.

"State schools across our region work extremely hard to provide a quality education and NAPLAN is just one piece of a very big puzzle," he said.

 

The top performing Year 9 school in Southern Downs was St Joseph's Stanthorpe, where the average result was 2932.8.

The figures were independently compiled from the Federal Government's MySchool website.

"We're obviously really pleased with the results and that's a credit to the leadership in the secondary and the hard work of the teachers," St Joseph's principal Andrew Kendall said.

"That flows through on the overall results in NAPLAN.

St Joseph's principal Andrew Kendall (right) says he's thrilled with the school's NAPLAN results in Years 5 and 9.
St Joseph's principal Andrew Kendall (right) says he's thrilled with the school's NAPLAN results in Years 5 and 9.

"The other thing too, is I think we have the right environment for academic success here.

"The kids are focused on their studies and focused on improving individually so they can be the best they can be.

"NAPLAN is basically a snapshot in time on how kids are going. It's one of a number of indicators we use to measure their performance in those areas.

"It's not meant to be a competition. It's about getting the best results for your kids. We're always looking to improve and we've got a number of great ideas for next year to help the kids improve," Mr Kendall said.

School results were determined by combining every school's results across the five different NAPLAN subjects, and ranking them by their average yearly score in Year 5 and Year 9.

A school was excluded from the analysis if it had fewer than 20 students, is a special school, or it did not have scores listed on MySchool for each NAPLAN subject over the relevant period.

The 10 best performing Year 5 schools in the Southern Downs for 2015-2019:

- Greenlands State School: 2543.4

- Scots PGC College: 2521.6

- Warwick West State School: 2511.4

- St Joseph's Stanthorpe: 2488.2

- St Patrick's School: 2448.0

- Inglewood State School: 2437. 4

- Yangan State School: 2398.6

- The School of Total Education: 2394.4

- Glen Aplin State School: 2361.8

- Texas P-10 State School: 2361.6

The best performing Year 9 schools on the Southern Downs 2015-2019:

- St Joseph's Stanthorpe: 2932.8

- Scots PGC College: 2909.6

- Assumption College: 2835.4

- Warwick State High School: 2787.2

- Allora P-10 State School: 2770.8

- Stanthorpe State High School: 2764.0

- Killarney P-10 State School: 2740.4

- Texas P-10 State School: 2715.4

- Inglewood State School: 2709.0

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