Friday, 10 March 2017 08:00

Issue 3 Principal

  • Above average gain in John Wollaston's NAPLAN results                                            BACK

  • Equestrian

  • New Chairman of School Council

  • Launch of the Strategic Plan 2017 - 2020

Above average gain in John Wollaston's NAPLAN results
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is responsible for Australia's national reporting programme, including My School. The My School website is updated annually with the previous year's NAPLAN results and other enhancements. The 2017 update became available to the public on 8 March 2017. I encourage you to browse the site  when you have the opportunity.

For the past few years, ACARA has released information on schools demonstrating substantially above average gain in their NAPLAN results as students’ progress from Year 3 to Year 5 and Year 7 to Year 9. Gains of this magnitude are significant and worthy of acknowledgement. I am delighted that ACARA has contacted me to advise that John Wollaston has achieved above average gain in our 2016 NAPLAN results.

My School reports three types of gain in student achievement:

  • overall gain compared to previous years
  • gain compared to schools with similar students based on the Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ISCEA) level
  • gain compared to other students at the same average NAPLAN starting score

Schools identified with above average gain have generally demonstrated substantial improvement in both reading and numeracy. Congratulations to our students and staff who have achieved such pleasing improvement in the 2016 NAPLAN. Whilst I am the first to acknowledge that NAPLAN is but one measure of a student's skills and ability, and should be viewed in this context, it is very pleasing that our literacy and numeracy programmes are realising such positive educational outcomes.


Congratulations to the John Wollaston equestrian students who competed in a dressage day over the long weekend. The girls all achieved personal bests in their tests showing commitment and bravery. They all were very proud in their JWACS Uniform and represented the School with pride. If you would like any further information about future equestrian events please contact: Cathy Smyth This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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New Chairman of School Council
At the February meeting of School Council, members elected Mr Julian Misso as the new Chairman. Mr Misso takes over from Mr Laurie Scidone who will remain on Council and also serve as a member of the Finance and Building and Grounds Committees. Mr Craig Moulton was elected Deputy Chairman. Council also welcomed Mrs Bronwyn Twining as a new member. Mrs Twining who retired last July after a long and successful career in education, including nearly 15 years at John Wollaston, is keen to give back to the profession and serve as a member of the governing body of the School. The School Council looks forward to another positive year for the school community.

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Launch of the Strategic Plan 2017 - 2020
The new Strategic Plan was ratified by School Council at its February meeting. Thank you to the many parents who contributed to the comprehensive consultation phase led by Dr Liz Pattison in Semester 2 last year. Your input, together with that of the students, staff and CEO of the Anglican Schools Commission the Revd Peter Laurence OAM, has resulted in an exciting strategic plan which reflects the vision and ideas of our school community. In common with all stakeholders is the wish for the School to continue to prosper and affirm its standing as the "school of choice" in the region. 

As the School moves towards the end of this decade we have the opportunity to build upon the many achievements of the past and importantly, chart a new direction for the future. It is important for us all to embrace the exciting initiatives and challenges that lie ahead and be guided by our Mission: "We enable our students to discover their passion and direction in life and make a positive contribution in the world."

With good wishes
Anne Ford


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