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Responsibility reaps rewards for students

Published on Friday 4 December, 2020

Brookman primary students

A program to equip students to be responsible community members has won first prize in the City of Gosnells Safe City Awards.

The City’s Mayor David Goode presented the $1,000 Community Kids Award to Brookman Primary School this morning.

East Maddington Primary School was awarded second place, with a prize of $800.

The Community Kids Award is open to primary schools in the City of Gosnells who develop or take part in projects that contribute to the safety and security of their school, promote community respect or care for their environment.

Brookman Primary School was recognised for its multifaceted skills program, which has resulted in noticeable improvements in student behaviour, school attendance, student communication, problem solving skills, social and cultural awareness, collaboration skills and relationships between parents and staff.

To deliver the program, the school involved its chaplain in Aboriginal languages and cultural understanding activities, and partnered with a number of agencies including Western Power, Curtin University and Noongar Danjoo.

East Maddington Primary School was recognised for its Pastoral Care Program, which addressed social issues at the school by helping students develop positive friendships, build resilience and improve self-esteem and self-control.

The program also included a partnership with a local high school to improve the transition from primary to high school.

Mayor Goode said the contributions of primary school students to respectful community relations should not be underestimated.

“By establishing good habits, building resilience and practicing responsibility in primary school, our younger community members will benefit for their whole lives,” he said.

“Even the youngest members of our community can make changes to benefit their class, school and community. Congratulations to the students, teachers and parents at Brookman and East Maddington primary schools for their efforts.”

For more information about the Safe City Awards, sponsored by Examiner Newspapers, visit www.gosnells.wa.gov.au.