YOU could call it a spell of success, but for Berserker Street State School to have more than half of their Year 3 students reading above average level has been a four-year-long effort.

In a short visit to the region on Friday, Parliamentary Secretary for School Education Senator Jacinta Collins said more than 55% of Year 3 students at Berserker Street State School were now reading above the minimum standard, compared to less than 40% in 2008.

"Also, more than 20% of Year 7 students are in the top two NAPLAN bands for reading, compared with less than 14% in 2008," Senator Collins said.

Berserker Street State School, where almost one in three children are indigenous, had been chosen as one of 100 schools across the country which were being highlighted on the Australian Government's new Better Schools website.

Principal Rebecca Hack said she was grateful to be able to showcase the school's improvements to the senator.

"We're very proud of what we have achieved in the last four years and it was a great opportuinity for the school and it was great to show those results to the senator," she said.

"Our staff have worked very hard to achieve this result and I can't thank them enough for all the work they have put in," Ms Hack said.

Ms Hack said the senator engaged with a number of the students at the school and took part in a reading session with a group of Year 1 students.



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