Canley Vale Public School has been rewarded for ‘considerably exceeding’ the Premier’s priority of increasing NAPLAN results with a top award in the 2016 Premier’s Awards for Public Service.
The school were awarded a trophy for Improving Education Results for increasing the proportion of NSW students achieving in the top two bands of NAPLAN.
Across the 2014/15 period the percentage of year 5 students achieving in the top 2 NAPLAN bands increased from 21 per cent to 32.3 per cent.
Canley Vale Public principal, Ben Matthews said the award is resounding recognition of the school’s hard working staff over a long period of time.
“Their dedication, initiative, innovation and unrelenting focus on providing opportunities for students to achieve and excel is inspiring,” Mr Matthews said.
“Our staff never lose sight of the needs of our students, regardless of the challenges.
“It is a great privilege to work with such a passionate band of educators.”
Canley Vale Public School were acknowledged for their unique challenges in teaching 950 pupils – 96.2 per cent of whom are drawn from non-English speaking families including ‘new arrivals’ to Australia of Arabic, African and Islander background.
Staff have helped to meet the needs of this diverse community through a strategic initiative to overhaul the school’s literacy and numeracy programs targeting the learning needs of students from language backgrounds other than English.
“This award also acknowledges the hard work of our students and the support - both at home and at school - of parents and carers,” Mr Matthews said.