Gympie's good result on My School

RAINBOW Beach State School P & C President Debbie O’Brien said she was very happy with how the school was going in “the scheme of things” compared to other schools when it came to performance.

The Federal Government’s attempt at education transparency – the new My School website – was launched by Education Minister Julia Gillard yesterday after a few technical hiccups.

It lists school performance in national testing and when compared to all primary schools nationally, Rainbow Beach scored above average results.

Amid calls by the education union to boycott the national tests, Ms Gillard was steadfast in launching the site saying it would bring improvements.

Parents can use the site to look up information about all schools in their region.

The unions have warned of imminent boycotts and called the new MySchool website not much more than a name calling exercise, but a coupleof schools in the region have come up trumps with the Federal EducationMinister's answer to transparency.

Rainbow Beach State School has had excellent results in National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy testing last year.

Yearsthree, five and seven at the school had above average scores whencompared to similar schools and all other schools in the nation.

RainbowBeach State School Parents and Citizens Association President DebbieO'Brien said the results could be put down to great teachers and wellbehaved students.

“We have a great little school here in Rainbow Beach,” she said.

“We're very pleased with how we are in the scheme of things.

“I couldn't be happier.

“Afew things came together to make it happen ... a great group ofteachers, kids who are attentive and well behaved and who want to bethere.

“If they enjoy going to school, it's a good thing.”

Ms O'Brien also said the parents had helped out by supporting the students and helping when they could.

“It's a great environment and a great spot to grow up and go to school. We're a little school with good class sizes.”

Whilefor secondary schools, Cooloola Christian College had some of the topresults in the region, with well above average scores across the board.

Principal Leanne McClintock said last year's Year 9 class was just a really gifted bunch.

“We didn't do anything specific,” she said, just gave students the normal practice test.

“God gifted and talented them.”

Gympie Times

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