Ed­u­ca­tion ded­i­ca­tion re­ally does pay off

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

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.

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