Welcome to Ms Sally Buick, the new Principal at Killester College. Sally will take over from Ms Leanne Di Stefano, who will be leaving after twenty years in the role. It was an exciting occasion, at the recent school assembly, to meet Ms Buick, but it was tinged with a little sadness at the reality of Ms Di Stefano leaving – even though she will always be a valued member of the school community.
Killester has again been identified by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority as a top performing school. For the second time in the last few years we have been notified that our students and teachers are achieving significantly above average gains in NAPLAN results. This means that we are in the top 3% of schools in Australia for the progress our students and teachers are achieving in literacy and numeracy. This is an outstanding achievement and something our entire community can be very proud of. Congratulations to students, teachers, parents and other supporters for these achievements.
Sometimes it is appropriate to congratulate ourselves on results like this, considering that we never conduct practice NAPLAN tests, nor do we teach specifically to these tasks. Our Teaching and Learning practices focus on ensuring all students are progressing through a combination of excellent student/teacher relationships, teacher expertise on high impact strategies, an emphasis on a love of learning and family partnerships that are consistent with the pedagogical and academic approaches taken by the school. ACARA CEO, David de Carvalho, extended his congratulations to teachers, students and our school community on this achievement. He emphasised that improvement in student literacy and numeracy of this magnitude, as measured by NAPLAN, is significant and worthy of highlighting and acknowledging.