As a staff and board, we have reviewed our progress against our annual plan and gathered and analysed the academic achievement data at Horizon, and we are really pleased with the results.
Here is a quick summary of our school progress. Further detail about any of the below is available if you email me.
- Growth : We have 187 learners on our roll. We have had 90 new learners and employed 9 new teachers in the last 9 months. 35 of our learners arrived in the last four months, after midyear. I am really proud of the way our new staff have helped to maintain and build on a great socail and learning culture in our school.
- Board: We have a new board, with 4 new members, to create a really great team.
- Special Character: We have new foundational documents from KingsWay Trust regarding our special Christian character
- Professional development: We have participated in significant amounts of professional development, and also spoken at local teacher hui and an international conference.
- Linc-Ed: This has been a big learning curve for our staff and families and is providing a rich resource of information about each learner that helps with teaching and learning
Our 90 new students have a wide range of abilities. Some high achievers arrived at Horizon, and quite a few who are working below expectation. 35 students came after the middle of the year.
It is amazing to watch our teachers and our school culture deeply affect many of these students who, after realising they are not being negatively compared to others and are being supported by their peers and teachers to make progress according to their own ‘next steps, begin to relax, enjoy school and make progress in leaps and bounds.
So it is with pleasure that I can report the following schoolwide results:
Reading: 84% are At and Above expectation in Reading, with 41% of these At and Above
Writing: 84% are At and Above expectation in Writing, with 29% of these At and Above
Maths: 70% are At and Above expectation in Maths, with 85% At and Above who have been
at Horizon since they started. For some reason a lot of our new students struggle with
maths. We will have schoolwide professional development in Maths for the 18 months to help us shift these
What we like to celebrate is that many of our learners have made accelerated progress between mid year and end of year, making more than a year’s progress in six months.
Reading: 11% (17) of our learners have made more than a year’s progress in six months.
Writing: 13% (19) of our learners have made more than a year’s progress in six months.
Maths: 17% (26) of our learners have made more than a year’s progress in six months.
We put this progress down to a number of factors:
- Strong inclusive, supportive Christian character of our school, teachers and culture
- Learner focus - not simply teaching at the learner what they ‘need to know’ but identifying next steps and engaging learners in ‘owning their own learning’ and progress
- An integrated programme of learning where literacy and numeracy flow into other subject areas naturally and learners can see the real life application of learning
- Many interventions including Reading Recovery, teacher aide assistance, Quick 60, Rainbow Reading, Steps to Literacy, Numicon, COSMDBRICS
So, we head towards the end of what has been a huge year in every way with confidence that, while we are still on a journey of learning to further improve our progress, we are on the right track.
Happy kids and good progress!