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					 Forest Hill State School



                         PO address         Church Street, Forest Hill QLD 4342
                         Phone              07 54112111
                         Fax                07 54112100
                         Email              the.principal@forehillss.eq.edu.au
                         Website or         www.forehillss.eq.edu.au
                         Contact Person

Principal’s foreword
Introduction
Forest Hill State School is located in the township of Forest Hill in the Lockyer Valley.
We aim to provide a high quality education that makes a positive difference to the lives
of our students. We aim to equip our students for the future to enable them to contribute
to a socially, economically and culturally vibrant society.


Future outlook
 The major improvement priorities for Forest Hill State School in 2009 include:

      Literacy and Numeracy
      Embedding ICT
      Differentiated Curriculum




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School Profile
Located centrally between the towns of Gatton and Laidley in the Lockyer Valley, Forest
Hill State School provides a multigrade co-educational setting from Prep to Year 7 for 80
primary students including 10 Prep students. Our curriculum framework is structured
around Literacy, Numeracy and Integrated Studies.


Curriculum offerings
Forest Hill State School encourages and rewards love of learning through an
integrated/aligned curriculum based upon Education Queensland Policy and Direction.
Literacy and numeracy teaching and learning form an integral foundation in all Key
Learning Areas. Students use technology for a range of purposes throughout their
curriculum activities.

Extra curricula activities

In addition to the formal curriculum offerings, students are involved in a number of other
activities to support their learning:

•   Combined Schools’ Choir
•   Reader’s Cup Challenge – inter-house and interschool
•   Jump Rope for Heart
•   Various cluster, district sporting activities
•   Breakfast program with Chaplain
•   Excursions / Performances
•   Competitions- Murder under the microscope, UQ Sunflower


How computers are used to assist learning
ICT skills are taught to all students once a week, with classroom teachers then
integrating skills taught into classroom activities and assessment tasks.




Social climate
Our students are supported academically, socially and emotionally through our Student Support
Services Committee. This group consists of a Guidance Officer, Support Teacher Learning
Difficulties, Classroom Teacher and the Principal. Students are referred to this group by their
teacher and the group prioritises actions to ensure the student receives relevant support.

We have a School Chaplain who attends for one and a half days per week.

 Our School Opinion Survey shows that 89% of our parents felt that their child was safe at our
school and 94% of our parents were happy for their child to go to our school. 89% of parents




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believed that their child was treated fairly at Forest Hill SS.



Involving parents in their child’s education.
Active participation by our school community is through attendance at monthly Parents
and Citizens meetings and volunteering in classroom/extra-curricula activities and
grounds care maintenance. School newsletters and regular parent-teacher contact
enable the school and its community to work together in a partnership to ensure quality
learning experiences are available to the students.

The school has a very active Parents and Citizens Association that provides vital
support in many ways and are an integral part of our school.




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 Qualifications of all teachers.

                      Number of
                      classroom          Doctorate          Masters
  Highest level of
                     teachers and        Bachelor degree    Diploma
    attainment
                   school leaders at     Certificate
                      the school


     Doctorate             0
                                                14% 0% 14%
                                       14%
      Masters              1                               58%


  Bachelor degree          4




      Diploma              1




     Certificate           1




Expenditure on and teacher participation in professional development.
The total funds expended on teacher professional development in 2008 was $ 10 337 .
This expenditure is not an exact reflection of time spent on staff PD. Professional
Development relied largely upon cluster and school based in-service.
The major professional development initiatives are as follows:
       THRASS training
       Literacy training
       Curriculum plan development


The involvement of the teaching staff in professional development activities during
2008 was 100%

Average staff attendance
For permanent and temporary staff and school leaders the staff attendance rate was
95% in 2008.




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Proportion of staff retained from the previous school year.
From the end of the 2007 school year, 100% staff were retained by the school for the
entire 2008 school year.

Student attendance
The average attendance rate as a percentage in 2008 was 94%.

Key outcomes


  National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) results - our
  reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy results for the Years
  3, 5, 7 and 9.


Domain        Measures                                    Yr 3    Yr 5    Yr 7
              Average score for the school                332     425     492
              Average score for Queensland                371.1   466.1   528.1
Reading
              For the school the percentage of     2008 86 %      73 %    90 %
              students at or above the national
              minimum standard.
              Average score for the school                417     443     457
              Average score for Queensland                391.8   468.9   522.7
Writing
              For the school the percentage of     2008 100%      73%     90%
              students at or above the national
              minimum standard.
              Average score for the school                353     415     505
              Average score for Queensland                366.7   462.0   528.0
Spelling
              For the school the percentage of     2008 100%      67%     80%
              students at or above the national
              minimum standard.
              Average score for the school                311     444     493
Grammar     Average score for Queensland                  370.4   476.6   518.0
and
Punctuation For the school the percentage of       2008 71%       60%     80%
            students at or above the national
            minimum standard.
Numeracy      Average score for the school                341     430     486




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              Average score for Queensland                 367.9   458.2   539.0
              For the school the percentage of    2008 86%         80%     80%
              students at or above the national
              minimum standard.


Results in the Year 2 Diagnostic
Net

                                     Percentage of students not requiring additional
                                     support

Reading                              67%
Writing                              75%
Number                               67%


Value added
In the area of Numeracy, at least 80% of students in years 3,5,7 were at or above the
national minimum standards.
100% of students in year 3 in the areas of writing and spelling were at or above the
national minimum standards. Furthermore, the year 3 school average for writing was
above the state average.




Parent, student and teacher satisfaction with the school
In 2008, 89% of our parents were satisfied that Forest Hill State School was a good
school.
The percentage of parents who were satisfied that they were getting a good education
at Forest Hill State School was 83%.
The percentage of staff members who were satisfied with morale in the school was
93%.




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