Mathoura helps drive school excellence

Mathoura Public School principal, Janice Eddy. Photo by Supplied

Principals from 10 leading NSW public schools met for the first time last Friday, as part of a ground-breaking advisory group to help drive school excellence and improvement across the state.

Mathoura Public School principal Janice Eddy was among the principals of the 10 selected ambassador schools, chosen for the schools’ “strong performance across a range of measures including NAPLAN, reading and numeracy targets, expected growth, and attendance”.

The principals were invited to share their opinions, and provide feedback and advice directly to the Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell.

Mrs Eddy said it was a privilege to attend the meeting.

“Each Ambassador School principal contributed to the discussion, sharing what they believe were the main drivers of success at their school,” said Mrs Eddy.

“At Mathoura Public School, we believe there is a range of contributing factors, including putting our students at the forefront of every decision made at our school.

“Our teaching and learning programs provide all students with quality learning experiences that enable them to achieve their ‘where to next’ on their learning journey.”

Mrs Eddy said the group of dedicated teachers and parents at Mathoura was also discussed.

“We have an amazing group of dedicated teaching and support staff, who are committed to further extending and enhancing their teaching practice, ensuring our students are provided with the best educational learning experiences on a daily basis,” she said.

“Strong parental support is also evident in our school.”

The Ambassador Schools program has partnered with universities to research, identify and understand the effective practices being used in Ambassador Schools, to identify what is contributing to their success and what is having the greatest impact on student achievement in their unique context.

Mrs Eddy said Mathoura looks forward to continuing their involvement and seeing what the research identifies as the contributing factors to the success of our students and their learning outcomes.