School marks NAPLAN glory

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Sophia Saunders, 7, Lincoln Bryce, 9, Tyrell Ware, 8, and Max Lonnie, 8.
Camera IconSophia Saunders, 7, Lincoln Bryce, 9, Tyrell Ware, 8, and Max Lonnie, 8. Credit: Picture: Sophia Constantine, Sophia Constantine.

A Karratha primary school has been recognised for achieving outstanding NAPLAN results above the national average.

Millars Well Primary School was acknowledged as a top performer by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority.

ACARA is responsible for releasing information on schools that demonstrate an above-average gain in NAPLAN assessments in Years 3-5 and Years 7-9.

Millars Well principal Weston Jackson said the achievement was an accolade of which the school was very proud.

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He said teachers had set individual targets and short programs to fill the gaps in learning.

“In recent years our results have indicated we are making a difference,” he said.

“The acknowledgement by ACARA at a national level is significant.

“We feel this has occurred because of the way we work.

“We have a focus on success for all students, quality teaching, effective leadership, governance, and support.”

Mr Jackson said regular attendance had played a big part in the school’s ability to achieve sound results.

ACARA chief executive Robert Randall said the improvements in student literacy and numeracy to such a high magnitude were worthy of highlighting. The sentiment was echoed by Department of Education acting Pilbara regional executive director Joanne Harris.

“It is a fantastic achievement and recognition of all the hard work the school leadership team and staff have put into maximising student achievements,” she said.

“The results start in the classroom, with good robust teaching practices as well as a collaborative whole-school approach to teaching and learning.”

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