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Principal's Message Week 8

The national benchmark testing known as NAPLAN can be a contentious topic amongst educators, parents, students, pundits and commentators. The most important issue to understand is that the results are representative of a ‘point in time’ performance by an individual or group of individuals under particular circumstances. There is a danger in being selective about NAPLAN results from year to year as they are only a part of the picture for each individual and group.

The official individual and year level NAPLAN results for 2021 will be available to our parents and caregivers later this week. These results are useful for analysis and, in particular, they are of interest to schools when assessing trends across time and ‘value adding’ in literacy and numeracy skills and knowledge. For us at ATC, the attainment of personal excellence in terms of best effort is what matters most regardless of individual ability and I congratulate our teachers and school officers who explicitly and implicitly teach literacy and numeracy skills each day in the classroom. I thank our parents and caregivers who also coach, support, cajole and encourage positive learners at ATC.

Queensland Catholic Music Festival

In a recent article, I congratulated our musicians and Music Faculty for their participation in the Queensland Catholic Music Festival. I share the following results and congratulate everyone on a wonderful effort.

Assessment

As we come into the final weeks of Term, it is a busy time for assessment. I encourage all students to be focussed as this important period is underway. We especially wish our Year 12 students the very best as they prepare for their “mock” exams which is a full simulation for their upcoming external exams in Term 4. This practice is vital and we wish all year levels the very best.

God bless

Chris Ryan
College Principal