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Triple L Program wins Holland Park High $5000



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Triple L Program wins Holland Park High $5000

Friday, 1 September 2006

Holland Park State High School’s Literacy and Learning for Life Program has earned the school community a $5000 award from the Commonwealth Government, announced Federal Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta.

“The Triple L Program which began full implementation in 2005 is the only one of its kind in the local area and it’s producing amazing results,” said Mr Vasta.

Presenting the cheque for $5000 to the school this morning, Mr Vasta said Holland Park State High was one of only 43 schools across the country to be granted the Highly Commended Award for National Literacy and Numeracy Week, which commenced on 28 August.

“Since the Literacy and Learning for Life program was first implemented across the year eight cohort, the percentage of students reading at a secondary level has jumped from 58% to 80.5%.

“Even more astounding is the percentage of year eight students reading at a year twelve standard which has increased from 22% to 50%.

“These are outstanding results from a program that is still only in its early life. The school has now expanded the Triple L program to cater to the year nine cohort as well so we can expect to see even more positive improvements,” said Mr Vasta.

Principal Jocelyn Roberts said the program consisted of three thirty-five minute lessons per week covering three strand areas; Reading for Meaning which fosters effective comprehension, Tools of the Trade which improves grammar, and Critical Understanding which works on the cognitive process.

“The Triple L program gives our students a distinct advantage and it will ultimately help many of them to perform at a higher standard in year 12,” said Ms Roberts.

“Holland Park High School is clearly leading the way in literacy and numeracy education and I encourage other local schools to consider implementing a similar program,” said Mr Vasta.

Ms Roberts said the Triple L program was developed from the teachings of Dr Carol Christensen who is a respected Senior Lecturer for the School of Education at the University of Queensland.