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Principal's blog | Mount Ousley Public School

Principal's blog

NAPLAN in Perspective

It's that time of the year again! This week, students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 across the country will sit NAPLAN tests in various aspects of literacy and numeracy. Some students will do extraordinarily well, while others will not achieve the grades we wished they might. Whatever the result, there's one very important thing to remember.

How Schools Are Now Funded

Schools like ours that took part in the Empowering Local Schools National Partnership (a total of 229 schools across NSW) are now funded entirely by the NSW State Government using the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). Eventually, all NSW public schools will be funded in the same way.

The Great Ideas Just Keep Coming

Children from each class represent their peers at Student Representative Council (SRC) meetings. Meetings are held with teachers to allow kids from Kindergarten to Year 6 to share ideas that may be of benefit to the school. At our most recent meeting, we were inundated with ideas, many of which will be implemented.

Year 6 had a swag of ideas to fundraise for end of year functions and a Year 6 gift to the school. Keep an eye out for discos and movie nights, coming soon.

Someone else wanted playground markings and drawings to be repainted and we'll see that occurring soon.

Academic Growth

Schools exist for students. They are places of learning, where students grow academically, socially and emotionally. Recently, a Sydney Morning Herald article published the top 50 performing schools in NSW, in terms of academic growth as measured by 2014 NAPLAN results. Schools were compared with what the MySchool website calls statistically similar schools.

Learning the Basics is Fun!

Want to see something special? Have a look! In this video, Willow cleverly demonstrates her understanding of the 3x tables. She does it in a really creative way that brings learning the basics to life. The beauty of technology lies in it being not only used for research, but importantly, as a way for children to express themselves in the most amazing and unique ways.

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