THIS morning was a morning like any other at Byron Farmers market. There was hot coffee, fresh-produce and the usual laid back atmosphere.

Then the kids from Coorabell Public School, and I mean ALL the kids from Coorabell Public School, sauntered in and took the place over with their flash mob.

Dancing and singing to "Singing in the Shower" the children's performance was all about "spreading the love" around the community ahead of the schools Open Day coming up in week three of this term.

The school has also recently been in the news following a stellar performance in the NAPLAN tests leaping from 5681 in last year's rankings to 67, despite the school's "no plan for NAPLAN" approach to teaching.

The entire population of Coorabell Public School gave a flash mob performance at the Byron Farmers Market today.
The entire population of Coorabell Public School gave a flash mob performance at the Byron Farmers Market today.

Principal Geoff Coghlan attributes the school's educational achievements to the nurturing environment provided by teachers, parents, and the wider school community.

"Each year I request that the teachers do not place too much importance on NAPLAN as this only causes some children to experience unnecessary apprehension and duress," he said. 

"These tests should be used as a diagnostic indicator only and not as a tool to compare or judge schools upon as the way in which the media and some politicians promote it."

A recent article in The Australian (June 20, 2015) noted "the school's zero-tolerance approach to bullying, backed by supportive parents, has kept students well-behaved and eager to learn."

"NAPLAN is not a measure of who the students are, nor does it reflect their diverse talents, personalities and strengths," said P&C spokesperson Aarna Hudson.


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