Nolan Verheij-Full

Hare Krishna school aces NAPLAN

IN A stunning turnaround, the Hare Krishna School has reported stellar results in this year's NAPLAN.

The 70-pupil rural school located on the New Govardhana 404ha organic farm at Eungella significantly outperformed the national average for all schools in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, in all categories in the compulsory literacy and numeracy exam.

Four pupils for Year 5 were in the top band 8 (of 8) in their results, scoring near 100% in their grammar and punctuation, and reading categories.

The school outperformed the average for their cohort in the Australian Independent Schools, showing an 84% increase in average score growth, compared to other AIS schools, who beat the NSW average growth with an 76.4% increase.

The national report for all schools has not yet been released, but based on previous years the Hare Krishna School would have beaten all other shire schools in NAPLAN.

It's a marked difference from three years ago when the school, which charges only $150 per year in fees, was struggling to keep pace with the nation's averages, even failing in some NAPLAN categories.

Principal Victor Machevsky said teachers were trained by AIS experts in explicit instruction and reading mastery, leading to academic success.

"You start with sounds; you start blending sounds; so it's a very structured, very logical approach to learn the skills, and you could see the kids who couldn't read, learn to love reading," he said.

Anjalee Rose Norris, 10, scored 100% in grammar

"I read three books a day about magic, dragons and time travel. Study well and read is my advice," she said.



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