Education dedication really does pay off
THEY may live close to the beach but for Palm Island students it’s a rarity to see water with waves.
The novelty came as a surprise for eight students from Palm Island primary schools after they were rewarded with a trip to the Gold Coast for their record of school attendance.
The students from Bwgcolman Community School and St Michael’s Catholic S c h o o l w e r e a l s o g u e s t s a t t h e Quiksilver Pro 2011 international surfing competition during their adventure, meeting some of the surfers and having private surfing lessons.
The lucky children were chosen for their commitment to their schooling.
St Michael’s Catholic School deputy principal Kelly Dwyer said she expected students would be buzzing when they returned.
‘‘ The opportunity to experience something like this isn’t very common for the students on Palm Island,’’ she said. ‘‘ It is quite amazing.’’ The students stayed at Cottage By The Sea and the facilities intake co-ordinator Jenny Marshall said they had cared for a diverse group of children.
‘‘ We believe the children will benefit in social skills and confidence from this wonderful experience as well as expanding their horizons through this incredible educational and personal journey,’’ Ms Marshall said.