Gold star for effort

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A Queenstown primary school has earned top marks in its education appraisal. 

Catholic school St Joseph’s was assessed by the Education Review Office in February and has received a easy pass on most fronts – despite a new principal, a number of staff changes and most board members new to the role. 

The recently released report states pupils are generally excelling, with 88% of kids reading above their age group in 2009. 

But there is a recommendation for teachers to revisit teaching and assessment practices so they spot learning needs more readily. This follows a finding that some Year 5 kids were below par – “a cause for concern”, the report says. 

Trisch Inder, who was appointed principal last year, says St Joseph’s had already identified areas needing attention, including extra teacher time for struggling students. 

“As a school we are always looking for ways to improve what we do,” Inder says, adding overall she’s “really happy” with the feedback.