Elizabeth Macarthur High School

Location: Narellan, NSW

EMHS is a partially selective and comprehensive high school serving the South West Sydney growth corridor. We have 1180 students, 60 aboriginal students and 20% ELAD. We rarely get funding as our FOEI is 100 but we struggle to support students with disability and with a learning difficulty.

How has your school used its Gonski funding?

With the Gonski funding we were able to employ a teacher to take a literacy lesson with all of stage 4 and buy a literacy and numeracy program. We have tested all students and plotted them on the learning continuum and trained staff in Multi Lit. These programs and the staff release have allowed us to teacher students who do not read and write at grade level to have intensive intervention.

How has Gonski made a positive difference for students?

Over the past 2 years our literacy results have continued to improve so that we have state average numbers of students at or exceeding state benchmarks. This has also had a positive impact on HSC results where we have for the first time had a child on the NESA honor roll, but more importantly had successful integration of students into apprenticeships and traineeships instead of just a job, as they have the literacy and numeracy skills to train in a trade. 25% of our year 12 cohort received early entry into UNI. 40% received uni offer. 20% went to TAFE or apprenticeship.

What could your school do with Gonski funding in the future?

We would employ a permanent literacy teacher to work on all students to move them up one or two marks, this would see almost all our students reach minimum standards, We would also ensure that we had all our stage 4 and 5 students receive intensive support. We would also employ more SSLOs to support students and create a senior study for stage 6 students to receive support

<<< BACK

More Gonski Success Stories

Rooty Hill High School, a large comprehensive co-educational school in western Sydney, had an enrolment in 2016 of 1,125 students.
Penshurst Public School, in the Georges River area of southern Sydney, has an enrolment of about 440 students from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds.
Eagleby South State School, located halfway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, has an enrolment of approximately 410 students from a range of socio-economic and culturally diverse backgrounds, including Pacifica, European, African and Asian.
It has a diverse student population of around 1,100, with a third of the school’s students in the two lowest SES quartiles.
Canley Vale High School, located in Sydney’s south-west, has an enrolment of 1,455 students, drawn from the local community, international students, and new arrivals to Australia.
Colac Primary School, located in rural Victoria, has an enrolment of 236 students, most of whom are from low-income backgrounds. Indigenous students comprise 4% of the students, with another 4% comprising students from non-English-speaking backgrounds.
Lismore High Campus has an enrolment of 365, of whom 80% are from low-income backgrounds, 20% are Aboriginal, and 7% come from non-English-speaking backgrounds
Mansfield SS has a stable enrolment pattern of over 900 students. 20 per cent of its students were born overseas in 44 different countries, many of them coming to Australia from India, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand and the Philippines.
Originally built for students from the Minto public housing estate, but since 2005 a Housing NSW Community Renewal Project has brought about significant changes in Minto.
Wadalba Community School, located on the NSW Central Coast, is a comprehensive P-12 school with an enrolment of 1,400 students. 75% of students are from low-income backgrounds, 8% of students are Indigenous, and 7% of students are from non-English-speaking backgrounds.
Emerald State School has a socially and economically diverse enrolment of around 340 primary students.
Harristown State High School, located in Toowoomba Qld, has an enrolment of about 1600 students.