Coffs rates well on My School site
CONTROVERSIAL figures released yesterday painted education on the Coffs Coast in a very bright light.
The new ‘My School’ website, launched by the Federal Government, openly compares the literacy and numeracy performance of Coffs Coast schools with others across the nation.
While many local schools performed way above the norm in certain areas, Bishop Druitt College and John Paul College were the only ones to record ‘above average’ or ‘substantially above average’ ratings in all five categories of reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar and numeracy.
The quiet achievers of our region were Coramba Public School, Glenreagh Public School, Orama Public School at Thora, and Raleigh Public School – all were rated as ‘above average’ and ‘substantially above average’ in most of the categories while St Augustine’s, Ulong Public, St Mary’s (Bellingen) and Mary Help of Christians also scored highly.
However, at the lower end of the scale, Coffs Harbour Public and Woolgoolga Public School both received ‘below average’ and ‘substantially below average’ ratings on most of the categories.
Newly-appointed Bishop Druitt College principal, Alan Ball, said the figures were effective in determining how schools performed on tests but didn’t give an indication of the quality of the school.
“We’re really pleased with the way the (Bishop Druitt College) has gone,” principal Alan Ball said.
“But we still think the best way to find out about a school is to go and visit it.
“This information is useful for some things but for deciding on which school is better than another it’s certainly not the way.”
Relieving principal of Coramba Public School, Laurie Boyd, wasn’t surprised at the results.
“We do have a very intensive reading and writing program here called Accelerated Literacy and the first two hours of every morning is always very extensive literacy work.
“I think, also, because we’re a smaller school we get more one-on-one time with the kids.”
She said while the data was helpful, it could be misconstrued.
“The problem with the data is, especially in a small school like ours, is that if you have three children who have mild learning disabilities they can bring the whole average down, even if the other seven kids are doing really well.”
To find out how your child’s school went, visit www.myschool.edu.au.