Hub of Learning and Leadership; James Nash High's Goal Is to Inspire Students to Strive for Excellence, in a Supportive Environment

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Hub of Learning and Leadership; James Nash High's Goal Is to Inspire Students to Strive for Excellence, in a Supportive Environment


JAMES Nash State High had as its core purpose to a[approximately]inspire learning' and had set itself the goal to be a hub of educational excellence for all learners, principal Darrin Edwards said at the school's awards night on Tuesday.

Mr Edwards said the leadership of James Nash was a collaborative operation between administration, staff, students and parents.

This is part of Mr Edwards' comprehensive report to Tuesday night's awards night.

aI wish to acknowledge the support I have received from staff, students and parents throughout 2012 to help us achieve some of the fantastic results we celebrate at this year's awards night,a he said.

aOn my return from auditing schools all across Queensland, I brought back as much of the best practice work I had seen in other schools and I spent the past two years sharing this work with the teaching staff at James Nash State High School.

aThe development of our Teaching and Learning Plan, and specifically a Teaching and Learning Chronicle for all teaching staff, has been my way of bringing my own learning to our school.a

He said, as part of teachers' professional learning, the school has embarked on strategies which support teachers to share their own good practice with others and to seek constructive feedback on how each of the staff could do their jobs even better.

A key priority for the school has been to ensure all teachers are prepared to teach students using our notebook computers that rolled-out for students starting this term.

aWe have developed an agreed set of expectations about the sort of teaching strategies to be used in our classrooms but with a particular focus on how best to use the new technologies now available to our students.a

WITH the introduction of the new Australian Curriculum to all schools across Australia starting this year, it would not be of any surprise to know that the majority of curriculum work last year and this year has been in preparing and delivering the National Curriculum in Years 8, 9 and 10 in the areas of English, mathematics and science.

Along with the National Curriculum, Year 9 students again sat the National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), with James Nash students again performing well.

But Mr Edwards said there is still have room to improve, and 2013 will see James Nash again focusing on the writing skills of students. a[approximately]

aWith our performance being above a[approximately]like schools' in all strands, I know we are on track to ensuring our students are comparable to any students across Australia.

aAlong with our regular assessment program and NAPLAN, our Year 9 students also sat the Queensland Comparable Assessment Tasks (QCAT's) in Science, the key purpose of these tasks is to allow Queensland Teachers to check Standards of Assessment and Reporting across schools in Queensland.

Parents across the school can expect to receive three Report Cards this year communicating your child's progress in their studies but our Year 9 parents can also expect to receive NAPLAN reporting information this year.

aOur curriculum this year has been extended for our high performing students through our differentiated curriculum and with our partnerships with the University of the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay TAFE,a he said.

aWith our excellence programs in creative writing, mathematics/science, engineering and English extension (literature) continuing to gain students university recognition, add to this the success of our vocational students at a school, college and national level and I am confident that our goal of being a hub of educational excellence for all learners is being achieved.a

Facilities Plan

JAMES Nash now has some of the most modern and sophisticated teaching spaces you could possibly hope to find in a secondary school.

This year, the school has also been providing leadership to the wider educational community that has resulted in a monumental increase in secondary and tertiary schooling options being available in Gympie. …

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