School at­ten­dance greatly im­prov­ing

Eidsvold State School reap­ing ben­e­fits from Yumbin

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

THE Eidsvold State School has seen a huge im­prove­ment this year to class at­ten­dance as a re­sult of the Yumbin program.

Deputy prin­ci­pal Pre­ston Parter said Yumbin was the Wakka lan­guage term mean­ing “all of us” and that it was a con­cept bring­ing the school to­gether.

“The aim of Yumbin is to pro­vide all stu­dents with a sense of be­long­ing and con­nec­tion to them­selves, oth­ers and the com­mu­nity through lan­guage, lead­er­ship, so­cial skills and health and well-be­ing,” Mr Parter said.

He said school at­ten­dance had sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved as a re­sult of the program.

“It’s a pretty cool program and it seems to be work­ing.”

School at­ten­dance for Eidsvold stu­dents has im­proved 4.2% across the whole school and 5.9% for the indige­nous stu­dents,” he said.

Com­pared to 2016 the re­sults are stag­ger­ing.

“Their at­ten­dance data for the first se­mes­ter in 2016 was the low­est in the Cen­tral Queens­land re­gion,” Mr Parter said.

“In 2016 their over­all at­ten­dance rate was 83% and 79.7% for indige­nous stu­dents.

“In 2017 this im­proved to 87.3% and 85.2% re­spec­tively.”

Mr Parter said the ses­sion ran ev­ery morn­ing from 8.45am to 9.15am with stu­dents di­vided into five groups com­pris­ing from prep to Year 12.

“The five groups ro­tate across the week through the fol­low­ing pro­grams: LOTE (Wakka Wakka), Rock and Wa­ter, Peer Skills, Stronger Smarter, and Pos­i­tive Be­hav­iour for Learn­ing (PBL),” he said.

“The P-12 com­po­si­tion of Yumbin group­ings en­cour­ages older stu­dents to be­come role mod­els for younger stu­dents and pre­pares all stu­dents with the skills to be healthy, re­silient, life­long learn­ers.

“Stu­dent at­ten­dance is also ac­knowl­edged on pa­rade and Yumbin groups are awarded Yumbin to­kens for the high­est at­tend­ing group for the week.”

The Year 7 and 8 stu­dents scripted and di­rected an Ev­ery Day Counts video for their school.

PHOTO: PRE­STON PARTER

HUGE IM­PROVE­MENT: Eidsvold State School stu­dents are en­joy­ing the Yumbin program ev­ery morn­ing.

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