Minister meets with SW students

HOT off the back of results showing big gains in WA schools, Australind Senior High School showed off its brightest to the Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham yesterday.

The visit by Mr Birmingham with Forrest MHR Nola Marino coincided with the release of preliminary results from the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy.

The pair visited the school, meeting with student leaders, Maths in Motion classes and the student parliament.

Mr Birmingham and Mrs Marino also congratulated Cameron Kelly and Broden Pollard who competed in the international Maths in Motion final last month.

School principal Domenic Camera said it was a good opportunity to talk to the Minister about the unique issues the school faced.

Mr Birmingham highlighted $17.3 million coming to the school over the next decade through the Gonski needs-based funding model, part of $447.1 million across the electorate.

He addressed the release of the preliminary NAPLAN results which showed national gains in reading and numeracy but a dip across most states in writing.

“We need to make sure that we focus on developing those writing skills and that will be a core topic of my discussion with State and Territory ministers,” Mr Birmingham said.

WA’s results were among the best nationally showing the biggest growth in average achievement across most of the tested areas since 2008.

In WA, results in reading and numeracy went up by 0.46 per cent and 0.75 per cent respectively, however writing dipped by 0.49 per cent matching the national trend.

“The West has seen some really positive gains, stronger gains to much of the rest of the nation,” he said.

Source: South Western Times.