School hon­ours strong part­ner­ship with com­mu­nity

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Tamra Carr Prin­ci­pal Kay Mack or­gan­ised a morn­ing tea to thank the Shark Bay School com­mu­nity.

For prin­ci­pal Kay Mack, link­ing stu­dents with the com­mu­nity is one as­pect to pro­vid­ing a ful­fill­ing and well-rounded ed­u­ca­tion at Shark Bay School.

Just be­fore Term 4 of­fi­cially ended last week, Shark Bay School high­lighted the im­por­tance of its com­mu­nity vol­un­teers with a morn­ing tea to thank the school’s helpers.

Mrs Mack said con­tri­bu­tions in­cluded com­mu­nity mem­bers read­ing to the chil­dren, giv­ing pre­sen­ta­tions, chap­er­on­ing stu­dents at camps and help­ing out at as­sem­blies.

“This morn­ing tea was for peo­ple who gen­er­ously vol­un­teer their time and ex­per­tise for stu­dents at the school,” she said. “We have Abo­rig­i­nal mem­bers of the com­mu­nity come to us and talk about their cul­ture and their ways.

“Peo­ple come in to read and show the stu­dents how read­ing is used in their jobs so they re­alise that read­ing isn’t just for school or home­work and you have to read if you’re a baker or a po­lice­man.

“It shows them the con­nec­tion be­tween school and life, so we’re not just a lit­tle iso­lated unit.”

With just un­der 100 stu­dents at­tend­ing the morn­ing tea, the school’s close-knit com­mu­nity of par­ents and res­i­dents were each pre­sented with a medal­lion in recog­ni­tion of their ser­vices.

“We’re well staffed but a suc­cess­ful school is a strong part­ner­ship be­tween stu­dents, staff, par­ents and com­mu­nity mem­bers,” Mrs Mack said.

“Ed­u­ca­tion isn’t just about school, it’s about com­mu­nity.

“That’s what makes ed­u­ca­tion ful­fill­ing for stu­dents.”

Shark Bay School has 97 stu­dents en­rolled from kinder­garten to Year 12.

Pic­tures: Shark Bay School

Com­mu­nity mem­bers do not just help out by or­gan­is­ing and sup­port­ing fundrais­ers, they vol­un­teer time and re­sources too, says prin­ci­pal Kay Mack.

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