Tuesday, 1 April 2014

North-West Tasmania’s top literacy and numeracy students honoured

Tas Gov LogoDepartment of Education Media Release

Colin Pettit
Secretary, Department of Education
1 April 2014

North-West Tasmanian students who have excelled in literacy and numeracy have been recognised at a ceremony at the Penguin District School Community Learning Centre today.

Department of Education Secretary, Colin Pettit, today congratulated students who were presented with certificates as the top performing students in the North West in the 2013 NAPLAN tests.

“59 students from Grades 3, 5, 7 and 9 in 48 North-West Tasmanian schools received awards,” Mr Pettit said.

“19 students were awarded certificates for being in the top one per cent in the 2013 literacy and numeracy monitoring tests, and a further 53 students were awarded certificates for being top of their school in NAPLAN testing.

“13 of these students received two awards for being both in the top one per cent state-wide and the top student in their school.

“Strong literacy and numeracy skills are the building blocks for all learning and provide a strong foundation for future success.

“Improving our literacy and numeracy rates is a key priority for the State Government, and the 2013 NAPLAN results showed that Tasmanian students have consolidated their progress in the number of students achieving national minimum standards.

“Over the last two years there has been an enormous effort at a system and school level to improve the literacy and numeracy outcomes of Tasmanian students and results show those efforts are making a difference.

“While there is still work to do in this area, today’s event is a chance to publicly recognise the achievements of students who are already excelling in literacy and numeracy.

“While NAPLAN testing is primarily used as a diagnostic tool for teachers and schools, it is still important we recognise our students that do very well in these tests, just as we recognise students that do well in other areas of the curriculum and school life.

“I’d like to congratulate them all for their outstanding results.

“Teachers and school leaders also deserve credit for these results and I’d like to thank them for their commitment and dedication in helping students to reach their full potential,” Mr Pettit said.

The awards ceremony is now in its second year.

International Students Welcomed to Tasmania

Tas Gov LogoDepartment of Education Media Release

Colin Pettit
Secretary, Department of Education
 1 April 2014

 L-R: Yuko Takai (Japan), Tania Huang (China), Quynh Tran (Vietnam), Wilawan Nonsri (Thailand), Eva Chiu (Taiwan), Vivienne Wang (China), Monica  Li (China), Flora Chan (Hong Kong) and  Steffen Kimmerle (Germany). Photo: Karen Brown from Karen Brown Photography

International students studying in Tasmania were officially welcomed to the state at a community event at the Derwent Sailing Squadron today.

Department of Education Secretary, Colin Pettit, said the event celebrates Tasmania’s vibrant international student community and is an opportunity for students to network with homestay families, friends, teachers, and members of the education community.

“I am delighted to welcome many of the almost 5,000 international students that Tasmania will host across all our education sectors in 2014,” Mr Pettit said.

“Many of these international students would have had a large range of choice in where to study and it reflects well of Tasmania’s education sector that they chose to study here.

“Tasmania is an ideal place for international students to study as our schools provide a world-class education within a safe and welcoming community.

“International students provide many benefits to the state, bringing with them their own cultures and languages to enhance the cultural diversity of our schools and communities.

“They also provide local students with the opportunity to make global connections, giving them an insight into other countries and a better understanding of international issues.”

Mr Pettit also welcomed ten international education agents currently conducting a tour of the Tasmanian school sector who attended the welcome event to talk to students about their experiences studying in Tasmania.

“The importance of international education is increasing being recognised with Study Tasmania promoting Tasmania as a quality study destination for international students,” he said.

Study Tasmania hosted today’s event as part of its support of international students currently studying at Government, private and independent schools, TasTAFE, and the University of Tasmania.

The event included international food, entertainment and activities, and an expo by community organisations including volunteering groups, Medibank, and Sport and Recreation Tasmania.

For more information about Study Tasmania, visit www.studytasmania.tas.gov.au