Ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer up for WA award

Narrogin Observer - - News - Talitha Wolfe

Af­ter 17 years of ded­i­ca­tion to East Nar­ro­gin Pri­mary School, Laycee Coles was an­nounced as a con­tender in the WA Ed­u­ca­tion Awards last week.

The WA Abo­rig­i­nal and Is­lan­der Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fi­cer of the Year nom­i­nee first be­gan with the re­gional school when she was 18 years old.

“Ed­u­ca­tion wasn’t on my radar but once I got here it was some­thing I re­ally loved do­ing and I am here for the kids — they make it en­joy­able,” Ms Coles said.

“It’s re­ward­ing in how you see the stu­dent progress and the re­la­tion­ship you build with them and their fam­ily.”

Ms Cole moved to Nar­ro­gin when she was 12 and said ev­ery day she has wit­nessed the im­pact ed­u­ca­tion has on the com­mu­nity.

“My fo­cus is mainly on early child­hood, to get that at­ten­dance to hap­pen in early years so it fol­lows through into later years,” she said.

“(The stu­dents) would strug­gle when com­ing into high school and later into work­force (if not at­tend­ing school).

“We (ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cers) are the link be­tween home and school so we are al­ways out there en­cour­ag­ing at­ten­dance and try­ing to in­volve par­ents as much as we can.”

Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion Sue Ellery said the 10th an­nual awards cel­e­brated the dif­fer­ence ed­u­ca­tors made to the lives of stu­dents.

“By con­tin­u­ally pro­vid­ing a high-qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, they are em­pow­er­ing young peo­ple to be­come con­fi­dent, re­silient and well-rounded in­di­vid­u­als who have the op­por­tu­nity to achieve suc­cess in their adult lives,” she said.

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