College wins outstanding school improvement award

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Vision reaps rewards: Teachers Tom Cain, Matthew Bodley, Brooke Taylor, Michael Devine, James Merlino MP, principal Chris Quinn, Donna Geritz, Luke Matthews and Mathew McLaren. Picture: Supplied

WESTERN Port Secondary College won a prestigious award at the Victorian Education Excellence Awards at the Plaza Ballroom, Friday 25 October.

It comes after the school’s leadership team implemented ambitious education improvements over the past few years driven by a vision of delivering learning growth for every student.

Principal Chris Quinn said the college had embarked on a targeted program of whole-school professional learning, beginning with the development of an instructional framework grounded in the Department’s Pedagogical Model.

The performance and development process was also revised, with teachers working collaboratively to collect and analyse a variety of student learning data to design learning programs that meet each student’s needs.

The team also worked closely with the local community and system-level organisations to support positive outcomes for students, he said. “An example of this is the Learning Guarantee Project which delivers academic support to students in two of the college’s feeder primary schools to ensure they meet the age-expected level when they are in Year 10.”

Mr Quinn said: “The team’s work has produced outstanding results. In 2018, the school announced significant improvements in Year 9 numeracy, reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation. Attitudinal survey results showed an average improvement of more than 10 per cent across all factors.”

It also worked closely with the local community and system-level organisations to support positive outcomes for students, he said. “An example of this is the Learning Guarantee Project which delivers academic support to students in two of the college’s feeder primary schools to ensure they meet the age-expected level when they are in Year 10.”

First published in the Western Port News – 6 November 2019

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