Hon­oured for shar­ing in­spi­ra­tion

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE EDUCATION -

SCHOOLS play a fun­da­men­tal role in giv­ing chil­dren the head start they de­serve in life.

Cur­rimundi Spe­cial School does this ev­ery­day and now they’ve re­ceived the recog­ni­tion they de­serve.

They’ve been nom­i­nated for Wool­worths In­spir­ing Schools award and Prin­ci­pal Al­wyn Green said it was a “nice sur­prise”.

“We get on and do our work ev­ery­day and I know how hard the staff work and the qual­ity of re­la­tion­ships they have with fam­ily and their kids,” he said.

“The re­la­tion­ship our staff and teach­ers have with par­ents is very im­por­tant - it takes a bit of work and as pro­fes­sion­als, the teach­ers do very well.”

Mr Green said he be­lieves his school has a very pos­i­tive ap­proach to ev­ery­thing they do.

“We make a de­lib­er­ate ef­fort to use pos­i­tive lan­guage,” he said.

“We find that this puts stu­dents at ease and gives them a pos­i­tive way of op­er­at­ing.

“Over the time we’ve had kids come to us with quite sig­nif­i­cant be­hav­iour dis­or­ders and some­times they’ve felt threat­ened.

“They’ve learnt quickly that they don’t need to feel this way at our school.”

Mr Green said the school is con­stantly eval­u­at­ing the ef­fec­tive­ness which he be­lieves is an im­por­tant part of their suc­cess.

“As we have chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties, we un­der­stand that our par­ents do have a fairly dif­fi­cult time so we try and walk that path with them while they’re at our school,” he said.

“I think as long as we keep look­ing to keep im­prov­ing what we do and grow­ing that fam­ily feel to the school then that’s re­ally im­por­tant.”

Wool­worths Earn and Learn pro­gram helps schools and early learning cen­tres ob­tain a va­ri­ety of ed­u­ca­tional re­sources, in­clud­ing sport­ing, math­e­mat­ics, arts, science and tech­nol­ogy equip­ment.

The award gives Cur­rimundi Spe­cial School the chance to win 1,000 ad­di­tional Earn and Learn stick­ers, $10,000 to­wards creating an in­spir­ing learning space and $2,000 worth of Wool­worths gro­ceries for the school.

PHOTO: PA­TRICK WOODS

CEL­E­BRAT­ING: Cur­rimundi stu­dents Os­car Larsen, Jade Hawes and Con­nor Penhligon.

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