Rockingham Lakes Primary School deserves to be congratulated for its outstanding results in literacy and numeracy, Senator Collins and local MP Gary Gray said today.
Visiting the school, Senator Collins said: “The newMy School 2.0data reveals improvements for Rockingham Lake’s lowest performing students.”
“On average, across Years 3 and 5 for reading and numeracy, the proportion of students in the bottom two bands has reduced by 16.3 percentage points from 2008 to 2010.”
Mr Gray said: “The staff and students at Rockingham Lakes Primary School are working hard and should be proud of their achievements.”
Senator Collins and Mr Gray held a roundtable discussion with the school community, including staff, students and parents, to learn how they achieved such great results.
Last year, the school received $239 556 from the Gillard Government under the Smarter Schools National Partnership. Rockingham Lakes Primary School is one of 24 schools in Rockingham and Kwinana to receive funding through this program.
“The school used the money to employ literacy and numeracy specialist teachers and assistants, which is a great idea,” Senator Collins said.
In total, the Gillard Government is investing $64.9 billion in school education over four years, which is twice as much as what the coalition spent over the previous four.
“The Literacy and Numeracy National Partnership is one of three Smarter Schools National Partnerships which are delivering more than $205 million to support disadvantaged schools, improve teacher quality and improve literacy and numeracy skills in Western Australia.”