Principal Carmel O’Brien with two of her Year 9 top-performers Karl Schick and Matilda Ackinclose

October 28, 2021

The latest NAPLAN results have left Saint Mary’s Catholic College principal Carmel O’Brien feeling very proud of all her students, but particularly the Year 9 cohort.

The 38 students in the Year 9 class have done particularly well, with a stunning result in reading and excellent results in numeracy and writing.

“I am immensely proud of the students’ work ethic and commitment to learning,” Mrs O’Brien said.

“I even had other principals ringing me and congratulating the school on the outstanding results for our Year 9 group.”

She said Year 9 were above the best performing States in all three strands of the NAPLAN testing, and significantly above the Australian mean scale score.

“It was really a standout performance,” she said.

“And it’s not an accident. It’s because of purposeful engaged learning.

“It’s the learning opportunities that staff provide in the classroom that end up in such outstanding results.”

NAPLAN tests assess students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.

As there was no testing done in 2020 due to the pandemic, the 2021 results compare the same students’ performances in 2019 and demonstrate the boost in performance.

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Graphs of St Mary’s Year 9 performance (the blue line):

Reading (Graph: SMCC)
Numeracy (Graph: SMCC)
Writing (Graph: SMCC)

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