En­gage­ment project ex­pands

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Jakeb Wad­dell

The num­ber of re­mote stu­dents tak­ing part in a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tive in the re­gion is set to dou­ble next year, with nine new schools putting their hands up to get in­volved.

Launched by the State Gov­ern­ment in Fe­bru­ary, the $25 mil­lion Kim­ber­ley Schools Project was rolled out at 10 schools to in­crease at­ten­dance and en­gage­ment with a one-on-one fo­cused model of teach­ing for chil­dren from kindy to Year Two.

Four Broome-based coaches have vis­ited the schools, some lo­cated in the most iso­lated ar­eas of the coun­try, to work with teach­ers and com­mu­ni­ties to in­tro­duce strate­gies and ma­te­ri­als to en­cour­age stu­dents to fo­cus in class.

Af­ter its suc­cess this year, nine more ru­ral schools will be in­cluded as part of the ini­tia­tive in Term 1 next year, as an­nounced last Tues­day.

Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Min­is­ter Sue Ellery said she was pleased the project was ex­pand­ing.

“These schools will re­ceive reg­u­lar ad­vice from ex­pe­ri­enced and highly skilled staff who un­der­stand the unique Kim­ber­ley con­text,” she said.

“Par­ents and com­mu­ni­ties are also sup­ported to work with their schools, giv­ing chil­dren the best pos­si­ble chance to suc­ceed.”

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan said the pro­gram had al­ready de­liv­ered tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits. “Teach­ers are re­port­ing real gains in stu­dents' lit­er­acy skills and en­thu­si­asm for school,” she said.

“The ex­pan­sion of the pro­gram will bring this ex­plicit in­struc­tion ap­proach to a fur­ther nine schools in the re­gion, spread­ing the ben­e­fits widely across the Kim­ber­ley — es­pe­cially im­por­tant be­cause many stu­dents are tran­sient.

“This pro­gram puts us in a good po­si­tion to drive long-term gen­er­a­tional change in the re­gion.”

The schools join­ing the pro­gram are Broome Pri­mary, Broome North Pri­mary, Roe­buck Pri­mary, Ku­nunurra District High, Halls Creek District High, Mu­ludja Re­mote Com­mu­nity, Ngalapita Re­mote Com­mu­nity, Wananami Re­mote Com­mu­nity and War­lawurru Catholic.

Those al­ready in­volved are Derby District High, Looma Re­mote Com­mu­nity, Wyn­d­ham District High, Bayulu Re­mote Com­mu­nity, Dawul Re­mote Com­mu­nity, Djuger­ari Re­mote Com­mu­nity, Kalum­buru Re­mote Com­mu­nity, La Grange Re­mote Com­mu­nity, Nyik­ina Man­gala Com­mu­nity and Wangkatjungka Re­mote Com­mu­nity schools.

Pic­ture: Daniel Wilkins

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Alan­nahMacTier­nan, Mem­ber for Kim­ber­ley Josie Far­rer, Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Sue Ellery, Kim­ber­ley Schools Project di­rec­tor Paul Ea­gle­stone and coaches Kate Burke, Nikki Sandi­lands, Shaun Joseph and Kate Carthy.

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