Our principals, teachers and school support staff are doing an outstanding job of managing student education and welfare needs in a Covid environment that demands careful and constant attention. School leadership and oversight has always been challenging. The degree of difficulty Covid adds, creates massive oversight requirements. I sincerely hope the community appreciates the efforts of all school staff in these very difficult times.
Sadly, the focus on NAPLAN testing is alive and well and continuing to grow as a significant educational point of focus. This testing regime is the major occupier of school staff meetings and gatherings of principals and school leaders. NAPLAN testing which commenced in 2008, was supposed to test student competencies at a particular point in time. Unfortunately it has become a measuring stick which is overwhelming education.