Thursday January 30, 2014
NSW Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli MP and Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP visited Trinity Catholic Primary School in Kemps Creek yesterday to see the innovative literacy and numeracy programs funded through the NSW Government’s Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan.
On the first day of school, Minister Piccoli and Tanya Davies dropped into a Year One class to experience part of the 60 minutes of dedicated daily numeracy teaching that has been very successful in ensuring students are exceeding set benchmarks.
The Diocesan-wide Focus 160 Program implemented as part of the Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan sees students receive 100 minutes of literacy learning and 60 minutes of numeracy learning every day - over and above the recommended target of three days per week.
School Principal Scott Buchan explained that the success of the Focus 160 Program is evident in Trinity Primary’s 2013 NAPLAN results.
“For the first time, all of our students scored in Band 2 or higher for reading which reflects the effectiveness of the Focus 160 Program on many levels. “We couldn’t have done this without the funding nor achieved such great success.” Scott said.
“The Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan has enabled our teaching staff to develop and share effective teaching practices and allowed us to build capacity.”
“We’ve implemented a Reading Recovery Program providing one-to-one support for students and we’ve engaged parents in our Rocket Readers Program offering the direction and guidance they need to effectively support their child’s learning at home,” said Scott.
“I am very impressed by the outstanding student outcomes at the school and the commitment of teaching and support staff in literacy and numeracy, and I congratulate school Principal Scott Buchan and his staff for their conscientious and enduring efforts in improving the educational opportunities for children in our community.” Tanya Davies said