‘Smart city’ proof

EIGHT primary and high schools in Canterbury Bankstown are punching above the average according to the 2018 National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) results released last week.

Local exam results thrill

According to the 2018 NAPLAN results on the My School website, Years 3 and 5 students achieved ‘above’ or ‘substantially above’ similar schools in at least three subject areas at Al Noori Muslim School in Greenacre, Christ the King School in Yagoona, Greenacre Baptist Christian Community School, Holy Saviour School in Greenacre, Sacred Heart School in Villawood, and both St Brendan and St Felix’s Catholic Primary Schools in Bankstown.

There were similarly good results for Al Noori’s Years 7 and 9 students, as well as those from Sefton High School.

St Felix principal Fran Bonanno, said that while their results were very pleasing they provided only a “narrow sense of the good work done in all schools.

“It is just one aspect and we use this information as a diagnostic tool,” she said.

“We use it to gain data across areas of growth, to inform teaching and identify where there needs to be more focus.”

She said parents had high expectations of student learning and the school also had highly qualified staff to support literacy and numeracy.

“It basically comes down to high expectations from both parents and teachers, good teaching and focused learning,” she said.

“There is also a strong sense from the students that they can learn.

“We also have a very strong English as s Second Language (ESL) program to help support students and we’re also very well supported by the Catholic Education Office.”

Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue (WSLD) executive director, Adam Leto, said the results were further proof of the area’s emergence as one of the nation’s “smart cities”.