Caption: ​St Augustine’s Assistant Principal for Curriculum Katrina Bartholomew congratulates Year 3 student Timothy Fox on his NAPLAN success

WHEN it comes to spelling, Timothy Fox is top of the class – and he has the NAPLAN results to prove it.

The St Augustine’s College, Augustine Heights, student, who recently completed the NAPLAN test, achieved the highest score in Queensland for Year 3 spelling.

Principal Graham Meertens said it was a fantastic achievement and when speaking with Timothy it was quite clear he had an advanced vocabulary and immense love of reading.

Timothy said a love of reading books at school and assistance from his teachers helped him immensely with his spelling and that extended to the home too.

“Most days when I get home from school, I do my chores then start reading straight away,” he said.

“I love all books but mainly fantasy, thriller or horror.”

It was clear this love of reading was nurtured by his family who were proud of Timothy’s achievement.

“My mum read all the Harry Potter books to me and now I mainly read by myself. but sometimes I will go into my older brother’s room and we will read together.”

While reading his own book, Timothy said he did like to check out what book his brother was reading.

“I sneak a peek sometimes,” the young Timothy said with a cheeky smile.

St Augustine’s Assistant Principal for Curriculum, Katrina Bartholomew, said the college community was very excited to share not only in Timothy’s NAPLAN success, but also the rest of the students who took part in the test.

“In addition to Timothy’s exciting news, we are very proud of our Year 9 cohort who achieved above the Queensland average in all areas and above the Australian average in four out of five areas.

“Overall, spelling and writing at St Augustine’s College is a clear strength with all Year levels achieving above the Queensland average, on average up to 10 points higher for spelling.

“These are the best results the college have had for this cohort and they should be proud of their achievements,” she said.