Casino Public School
The school has enrolment of 700 students from diverse backgrounds, with two-thirds of students from the lowest SES quartile.
Aboriginal students make up 22 per cent of the school’s total enrolment, with a very small cohort of students from language backgrounds other than English.
Casino Public has a Support Unit made up of an IM class (students with mild intellectual disability) and three support classes.
Principal Garry Carter says, “Gonski funding has given us the flexibility and resources to challenge our students and get them to succeed beyond previous expectations.”
The new literacy and numeracy programs and resources have resulted in an increased rate of progress for students, with a higher proportion of students reaching expected or higher levels in literacy and numeracy.
In the kindergarten class every student is now meeting expectations for reading and comprehension in 2015.
- In the K-2 classes, where the investment has been highest, students are routinely making 18 months of progress in a year in literacy.
- A high percentage of students are now achieving at or above NSW statewide targets for literacy and numeracy.
The focus on staff development and additional individual support for students has enabled the school to move to more collaborative teaching, with greater emphasis on staff working together to improve the quality of their teaching.
Additional support staff in each classroom, which includes an occupational therapist for two days each week to provide in-class assistance for students with specific learning needs, has resulted in students becoming more engaged in their learning, with noticeable improvements in their class work and achievements.
Mr Carter states that “the full six years of Gonski funding are essential to provide continuity of funding and the resources necessary for students to make the most of their ability.”