“When you have quality teachers, you achieve quality results”

This is how Rhonda Robson, Head of the Junior School at St Andrew’s Cathedral School, explains their outstanding 2016 NAPLAN results.

Half of the year 3 class achieved top bands in all subjects and the year 5’s did so well that they outperformed the averages of every other independent school in the country.

Congratulations are in order for students and teachers alike, but how did they do it?

On the teaching side, Ms Robson says that consistency and continuous improvement have made a significant contribution to the school’s success.

“We’ve been very targeted in our efforts to lift results; introducing systematic programs throughout the school so that we’re all emphasising the same things,” Ms Robson says. Continue reading ““When you have quality teachers, you achieve quality results””

Get connected: School Expos offer personal touch

Education is a first-order priority for most families but finding the right school isn’t always a straightforward exercise.

Academic results and statistical profiles only tell one part of a school’s story. Its values, atmosphere and learning culture are often just as important to a student’s happiness and success but these intangible qualities can be difficult to appraise from a distance.

While websites and social media reveal a great deal about a school and its achievements, even in this digital age the personal touch goes a long way. There’s nothing like a face-to-face meeting to get a true “feel” for a school.

At the North Shore Schools Expo earlier this month, almost 2000 parents took the opportunity to meet with staff and students from Sydney’s top independent schools. Continue reading “Get connected: School Expos offer personal touch”