Principal's Message

From the Principal’s Desk…              


Our Camperdown College NAPLAN results are also pleasing in many regards. Our Year 3 students have performed particularly strongly and this is evident in all five areas of reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy. There are some other exceptional achievements that indicate strong value adding and growth, notably Year 9 numeracy and grammar and punctuation. 

 

Across the four year levels, the percentage of Camperdown College students achieving results in the top 2 bands (above expected level for age) is higher than or equal to the state in the majority of data sets. This reflects favourably on the work that is being done by our teaching teams to implement consistent, evidence based approaches to support every student to make progress in their learning.

 

The NAPLAN tests and results are of no value if considered in isolation. Teachers collect detailed assessment data through the regular teaching and learning program to track progress and identify areas of relative weakness and strength, and next steps for their teaching and their students’ learning. The NAPLAN test results show what a student was able to achieve on the test date under test conditions, and teachers consider this against their own observations and other evidence of the student's knowledge and skills. We certainly encourage all students to approach NAPLAN with a positive mindset and as an opportunity to demonstrate their learning, and participation is well supported by our school families.

 

State-wide, the writing results are lower than expected and this trend is evident in our school results also, with students tending to perform better in the reading and numeracy tests. Our teachers are highly motivated to understand and respond to the trends evident in the data and have already identified opportunities to examine and refine our school-wide expectations and classroom practices with regards to writing. 

 

If you have any questions about your child's NAPLAN report please don't hesitate to contact the class teacher, Assistant Principal or myself for a follow up discussion. As always, a strong home school partnership is a great support for your child.

 

An exciting development at Camperdown College over the past fortnight has been the use of our new Senior Campus instrumental music rooms for students’ weekly lessons, with this building project now complete. Thank you to Mrs Pugh and her team of enthusiastic student helpers who moved the instruments into our purpose built facility last week, and to School Councillors Fiona Fagan and Chris Brooks who have been the key drivers of this valuable project.

 

A huge thank you must also go to our Parents & Friends for their work last week to provide a widely enjoyed Father's Day breakfast for our students and families. This annual event is always well attended and appreciated but this year the BER seemed to be bursting at the seams! Thank you to all of the dads, grandfathers and special friends who were able to join us on Friday for this special event. 

 

Ms Cherie Kilpatrick

Principal

  

Thursday 6th September 2018