Bundamba students prove fast learners

KEEN LEARNERS: Bundamba Secondary College year 9 students (from left), Tekeyra Sandy, Madison Tupper, Thomas Newman, Kirstie Watts, and Bram Gough, are helping to improve the schools Naplan test scores.
KEEN LEARNERS: Bundamba Secondary College year 9 students (from left), Tekeyra Sandy, Madison Tupper, Thomas Newman, Kirstie Watts, and Bram Gough, are helping to improve the schools Naplan test scores. David Nielsen

BUNDAMBA State Secondary College is officially one of the state's most improved schools in this year's NAPLAN exams.

About 245,000 Queensland students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sat the NAPLAN exams, which test reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, for three days in May.

Principal Andrew Peach said the achievement reflected the hard work and efforts of his schools' staff and students.

"We've held a number of programs across the school to support our focus of learning and improve literacy and numeracy," he said.

"The school community is very proud of this result."

Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said the literacy and numeracy of young Queenslanders was currently growing at a faster rate than the national average.

"Our aspiration is for Queensland to be among the top performing states in NAPLAN by the year 2020," he said.

"And each year our improvements are taking us closer to achieving this goal.

In the national average - or Mean Scale Score - Queensland students placed around 5th to 6th.

Mr Langbroek said Queensland students had posted some of their best NAPLAN results on record this year, with Year 5 students recording their strongest results.

But while the results were encouraging, he said the State Government was still aiming to lift the performance of all students.

Mr Langbroek said schools would be analysing their results and developing new strategies for further improvement.

"To help with this, the Newman Government is investing $26 million in Getting the Basics Right - Literacy and Numeracy grants," he said.



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