Academic Success


Holy Family Catholic Primary School strives to provide a comprehensive education for all students. This includes a vibrant Religious Education Program that celebrates Catholic life. As well, it includes a robust academic program centered on teaching in the recognised Key Learning Areas. Literacy and numeracy programs are paramount here. Our comprehensive education also includes a strong extra-curricular program at the school.


Holy Family Catholic Primary School implements the new Australian Curriculum. The NSW Education Standards Authority governs the implementation of the Australian Curriculum in NSW schools. Academic success in future years will relate to the Australian Curriculum.


Bathurst Diocesan schools participate in the Diocesan Religious Education Test. This online test requires Year 6 students to complete questions which test knowledge and understanding of Religious Education taught at the school. Six main areas are tested: Church, Scripture, Sacraments, Liturgical Year, Prayer and Beliefs and Decision Making. Students in the Bathurst Diocese complete the test mid-year. Results include:

Year 6 NSW Religious Education Test
Year: 2021 1 High Distinctions, 11 Distinctions, 25 Credits


The school recognises and celebrates the academic achievements of students. We seek to have our students strive for their ‘personal best’ in all academic areas. Each year, our Years 3 & 5 students participate in NAPLAN testing (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy). This Australia wide testing assists schools in recognising academic success of students.

2021 NAPLAN results indicate academic success at Holy Family School.

Student achievement in 2021 NAPLAN testing can be viewed as a comparison to the ‘NSW State Average’:

Year 3 Reading:

HFS Average 440.4

National Average 423.3

Year 5 Reading:

HFS Average 528.5

National Average 506.0

Year 3 Writing:

HFS Average 439.6

National Average 423.1

Year 5 Writing:

HFS Average 490.0

National Average 473.9

Year 3 Spelling:

HFS Average 430.3

National Average 418.7

Year 5 Spelling:

HFS Average 515.6

National Average 500.7

Year 3 Grammar / Punctuation:

HFS Average 453.4

National Average 439.8

Year 5 Grammar / Punctuation:

HFS Average 512.4

National Average 499.1

Year 3 Numeracy:

HFS Average 412.2

National Average 408.1

Year 5 Numeracy:

HFS Average 500.6

National Average 495.8


The University of NSW coordinates “Annual International Competitions and Assessment for Schools”. This includes online academic competitions for Years 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 in Maths, English, Spelling, Writing, Science and Digital Technologies.

At Holy Family, parents are invited to nominate their child for these competitions held throughout the year. They are particularly good academic opportunities which enrich and extend student thinking and problem solving.

The University of NSW awards certificates for academic success in these competitions. A High Distinction is awarded for student performance in the top 1% of NSW/ACT schools. A Credit is awarded for student performance in the next 20% of NSW/ACT.

In 2021, Holy Family School students achieved:

Maths: 2 High Distintion, 2 Distinctions, 9 Credits, 5 Merits
English: 1 High Distinction, 2 Distinctions, 4 Credits, 1 Merit
Spelling: 1 High Distinction, 3 Distinctions, 2 Credits, 1 Merit
Science: 2 High Distinction, 5 Distinctions, 8 Credits, 1 Merit
Digital Technologies: 3 Distinctions, 3 Credits, 3 Merit

These results are a good indicator of academic success at Holy Family School.