Academic Success

INTRODUCTION

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.

AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM

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.

YEAR 6 NSW RELIGIOUS EDUCATION TEST

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: 2020 3 High Distinctions, 12 Distinctions, 28 Credits & 7 Participation Certificates

NAPLAN ACADEMIC SUCCESS

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.

2019 NAPLAN results indicate academic success at Holy Family School.

Student achievement in 2019 NAPLAN testing can be viewed as a comparison to the ‘NSW State Average’:

Year 3 Reading - Holy Family School average = 440.4
NSW State Average = 436.99
Year 5 Reading - Holy Family School average = 528.5
NSW State Average = 509.13

Year 3 Writing - Holy Family School average = 439.6
NSW State Average = 429.6
Year 5 Writing - Holy Family School average = 490.0
NSW State Average = 479.18

Year 3 Spelling - Holy Family School average = 430.3
NSW State Average = 428.57
Year 5 Spelling - Holy Family School average = 515.6
NSW State Average = 508.28

Year 3 Grammar & Punctuation - HFS average = 453.4
NSW State Average = 448.09
Year 5 Grammar & Punctuation - HFS average = 512.4
NSW State Average = 505.83

Year 3 Numeracy - Holy Family School average = 412.2
NSW State Average = 414.82
Year 5 Numeracy - Holy Family School average = 500.6
NSW State Average = 501.34

UNIVERSITY COMPETITIONS – Academic success

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 2020, Holy Family School students achieved:

Maths: 1 High Distintion, 2 Distinctions, 7 Credits, 3 Merits
English: 5 Distinctions, 5 Credits, 1 Merit
Spelling: 3 Distinctions, 3 Credits
Science: 1 High Distinction, 4 Distinctions, 6 Credits, 1 Merit
Digital Technologies: 3 Distinctions, 2 Credits, 1 Merit

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