Colin Barnett

Colin Barnett

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    WA schools share in National Literacy Week Award prizes

    30/08/2000 12:30 PM
     
    30/8/00

    Nine Western Australian schools have won National Literacy Week prizes.

    Presenting the awards today Education Minister Colin Barnett said National Literacy Week, organised by the Commonwealth and States, highlighted literacy and numeracy in schools.

    Mr Barnett said the week - now in its second year - gave Government the chance to acknowledge the work done by teachers in developing students in literacy and numeracy.

    “Literacy and numeracy education is the core business of schools,” he said.

    “A major goal of the State Government is to achieve real improvements in these areas so all WA children develop strong literacy skills.

    “Improved educational accountability is important in achieving this goal.

    “The main aim of this State’s Literacy and Numeracy Assessment 2000 is to let parents know how their children are achieving in these key areas.

    “Giving parents clear information like this strengthens their ability to support the teaching at their child’s school.”

    Mr Barnett said because of the demanding nature of teaching today, it was vital that new ways were found to encourage and support teachers in their task of educating youngsters.

    He said the focus of the National Literacy Awards on ‘value adding’ was important because it recognised students’ different starting points and teachers’ innovation and creativity in developing programs to improve performance.

    Middle Swan Primary School was the major award-winning Government school in WA, receiving $10,000. The major award-winning non-Government school was the Kurrawang Christian Aboriginal Parent Directed School, which also received $10,000.

    The winners of the $1,000 runner-up prizes were Lockridge Primary School, Beeliar Primary School, Aquinas College, Kondinin Primary School, Koongamia Primary School, East Waikiki Primary School and Kururrungka Primary School.

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