Minister tours Connected Communities schools
Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has begun a three-day tour visiting seven Connected Communities schools in Menindee, Wilcannia, Brewarrina, Bourke and Moree.
Mr Piccoli said the individualised approaches taken in the 15 Connected Communities schools were leading to innovation, increased student engagement and life opportunities.
“The Connected Communities strategy was launched in May 2012. Now is a good time to visit a number of schools to see how they are going and I want to personally commend the teachers, staff and the greater school communities for the positive difference they are making in the lives of their young people,” Mr Piccoli said.
“At the 15 Connected Communities schools there is a strong focus on Aboriginal culture and languages being embedded in the daily life of schools.
“By working towards improved collaborative relationships with the community we want to change the culture of learning and success in these schools at the same time as we improve the physical learning environments.
“Part of this strategy includes a transformation of Connected Communities schools into service hubs to enhance children’s access to vital services and ensure they are in a better position to learn more effectively.”
Over the next three days, Mr Piccoli will experience a diverse range of activities showcasing how each Connected Communities school is engaging with their students and community, including:
- the volunteer creative program at Menindee Central School;
- the healthy starters cooking program, for Kindergarten-Year 2, at Wilcannia Central School;
- the family and children integration centre at Brewarrina Central School;
- the interagency health project at Bourke Public School;
- the Sista Speak girls mentoring program at Moree Secondary College;
- the Moree East Public School’s men’s group; and
- the hospitality program at Bourke High School.
At each stop on the tour, Mr Piccoli will also meet with community representatives.