NAPLAN: The Fraser Coast’s top ranked school wants to provide an ‘education worth having’

THE principal of the Fraser Coast’s top performing school according to last year’s NAPLAN results believes there is more to a child’s success than academic performance.

The Fraser Coast Anglican College emerged as the highest-ranked primary and secondary school in the region.

Results were released last week.

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Principal Joe Wright said the college was delighted at their performance but emphasised that it was “business as usual” in the classroom, as the scores provide just a snapshot in time from about a year ago.

“There are so many other factors that make up an education,” Mr Wright said.

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With a college motto of ‘Enriching Body, Mind and Spirit’, Mr Wright said they recognise the life-long impact a well-rounded education can have on a student.

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“We believe that an ‘education worth having’ was never meant to be all about academic results and the programs we run at FCAC reflect that,” he said.

“In fact, we believe that a child’s participation in extra-curricular activities has a positive impact on their well-being and academic results – that’s why all of our teachers are involved in these programs.

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“It’s also about the people you surround yourself with as you go through school and the values you share with them.  There are many positive role models at the college for our students to build relationships with.”

Mr Wright praised the college staff for the role they played in helping FCAC ensure it performed at the highest level.

“I need to recognise the high calibre of the staff here at FCAC.  The effect that a teacher has on a student’s outcome is very significant and our students are fortunate to be surrounded by highly professional and dedicated staff year in and year out,” he said.

“We have also worked hard to develop a culture of success at the college – and success is not measured purely by academic results.”

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Mr Wight said success comes in different forms for different children.

“For some students, just sitting the test is an achievement and we recognise that.

“All of our students are encouraged to do their best in whatever task they have been given and sometimes they surprise even themselves with how well they perform.”

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