Testimonials, August 2014


'… By doing it from such an early year children aren’t trying to pick it up later in life and then the challenge of learning a language becomes a little bit more difficult…'

Adam Mathewson
Rainworth State School
(where the Italian language is taught)


A primary school near Albury is trialling its students taking the NAPLAN test online rather than on paper.
Mark Maclean, Holy Spirit School Lavington, says the kids are 21st century learners and are wonderful on computers.

Adrian Piccoli, NSW Minister for Education, says online results are available in just a week, which allows the test to be the diagnostic tool it is supposed to be.

GEM Channel 9
29 August 2014

'…I was a marker of the NAPLAN writing task this year, and contrary to the criticism, rather than seeing students stumped by the question I read texts that were creative, fluent, persuasive and showed flair and adaptability…'

Vivienne Nicoll-Hatton, Balmain,
20 August 2014

'… NAPLAN summary report provided a valuable snapshot of literacy and numeracy standards across the state, as well as identifying areas that need greater attention.'

John-Paul Langbroek,
Education Minister Qld, The Sunshine Coast
19 August 2014

'…We should also remember that the primary value of NAPLAN continues to be the individual student report to parents, while schools also benefit from the valuable range of information provided to them about the performance of all students at the individual, class and year level…'

Martin Dixon,
Minister for Education Vic.,
18 August 2014

'…NAPLAN remained a "snapshot" in time…'

Geoff Scott,
President of the NSW Primary Principals' Association


Read more statements about NAPLAN 2014:

Lest we forget

'The Australian curriculum, which all schools in SA now follow, includes in-depth studies of World War I.
Students are more aware of the Western Front, Gallipoli and other arenas of the war than they have been for a long time.

We do our best as teachers to enable our students to connect with the great achievements and costs of this period and others, in our short but remarkable history.

On the 100th anniversary of the start of this horrific war, I'd like to encourage everyone to be lifelong learners – we do our bit in the schools with great assistance from The Advertiser, libraries and world-class films.'

Ray Hammat, Athelstone
Letters to the Editor, Adelaide Advertiser
6 August 2014

The My School website

'... Another high-flying public school that has focused on technology, Seven Hills North, has been commended by The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority for making huge improvements in academic results. Principal Kate Pugh said there was “a lot of interest” in the school since its results had been public. Among the secrets of success, she said, was using technology in the best possible ways ... '

Read the full article:
Deskfree strategy turns classrooms into creative learning hubs that see student engagement soar
Bruce McDougall
The Daily Telegraph
2 August 2014

' ... The My School website is a wonderful example of a major step forward in accountability of public services ...'

Read the full article:
Holding ourselves to account starts right here
Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest
The Daily Telegraph
1 August 2014