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Gladstone's best schools revealed in MySchool data

Tannum Sands State School students Samarah Belton, 11, and Eleesha Whiting, 11, with principal Leanne Ibell.
Tannum Sands State School students Samarah Belton, 11, and Eleesha Whiting, 11, with principal Leanne Ibell. Luka Kauzlaric

THE best Gladstone schools for literacy and learning have been revealed.

Clinton State Primary and Tannum Sands State students are among those out-rating their peers in reading, while Gladstone Central State and Boyne Island State have some of the best when it comes to numeracy.

Rate of improvement over time is a cut above the rest for several primary schools in our region, MySchool data released earlier this month shows.

Tannum Sands' improvement in numeracy rose sharply in the past three years, placing the school well ahead of the pack.

The reading achievement and numeracy ability of students is well above the national average.

School captains Eleesha Whiting and Samarah Belton know how to study, but this year the girls' improvement surpassed all expectations.

Principal Leanne Ibell said the 11-year-olds were part of a group of students who responded well to the school's carefully implemented learning strategies.

A key part of the approach, she said, was to help the students gain ownership over their own learning.

And it has worked.

The girls were glowing with excitement as they pored over workbooks to illustrate the strategies they were using to become proficient readers.

Samarah explained that teachers set a reading goal for each student every term and when these were met another was set.

Every week the children are tested and receive feedback.

"Sometimes it (studying) is pretty hard, like history, which I'm not very good at," Samarah said.

"But reading and writing are really easy.

"I set reading goals and if I don't understand a word I read the rest of the sentence and guess what the word is."

Eleesha read her first full sentence when she was in Prep.

Eleesha said having learning goals helped her to learn to read, and had some advice for anyone struggling to learn.

"If you don't understand a word then look it up in the dictionary, because it might be repeated through the book a lot of times," she said.

Ms Ibell said she was proud that in Year 5 in grammar and punctuation, 45.7% of Tannum Sands State School students achieved in the highest two bands of the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy.

"There is no quick fix to literacy and numeracy but in our school we work very hard every day to give our students the foundations they need," she said.

The third version of the MySchool website shows 2013 data on schools performances.

Visit www.myschool.edu.au.

BEST SCHOOLS*

Reading

  • Clinton State Primary School
  • Tannum Sands State School
  • St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School
  • St Francis Catholic Primary School
  • Miriam Vale State School
  • Agnes Water State School
  • Boyne Island State School

Numeracy

  • Gladstone Central State School
  • Boyne Island State School
  • Tannum Sands State School
  • St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School
  • St Francis Catholic Primary School
  • Miriam Vale State School

*Schools whose years 3 to 5 students showed the greatest improvement over three years compared with similar schools. Source: http://www.myschool.edu.au

Topics:  clinton education gladstone tannum sands



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