St. Maroun’s College achieves Academic Success 2018 recognized by ACARA:
We recently received communication from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) who recognized our students in years 3, 5, 7 & 9 for attaining dramatic improvements to their literacy and numeracy results.
St Maroun’s College has been identified as one of just 330 schools across NSW to demonstrate such results. We owe this success to our professional and dedicated staff. We have been fortunate to achieve results that make us proud to be educators.
One of our teachers, Mrs. Taylor Neto has worked hard to educate our primary and secondary staff on the explicit methods of delivering literacy and numeracy pedagogy. She has provided our teachers with practical strategies to incorporate literacy and numeracy as cross-curriculum content and to integrate the detailed NAPLAN marking criteria into existing formative and summative school assessment marking rubrics. These strategies actively prepare our students for NAPLAN testing, as they are been made familiar with the requirements of the marking criteria on a daily basis.
As a College, we believe in providing the appropriate tools to our students to prepare them for success. As we have such a culturally diverse cohort of students, 87% of which come from non-english speaking backgrounds, coming from homes where English is spoken as a second language or not at all. Parents consequently, often have difficulty in being able to assist their children with their homework and assessment tasks. We are working to bridge this gap and improve access to equal opportunities through school-based programs such as our after-school homework club and literacy program. This allows our students the chance to work closely with their specialist teachers, to be able to ask more questions and receive valuable feedback on their academic progress.
Our College is in a unique situation as a Pre K-12 school, our teachers across primary and secondary work in close consultation with one another to observe the transition of our students from primary to high school. Our staff uses this professional collaborative opportunity to identify students who may require additional learning support and intervention. We are so proud to have been identified as a school with continually improving results. As a school, we have achieved this by operating as a community that supports the needs of each student as an individual and creating positive learning experiences for all of our students.