Time to celebrate all of the hard work

Posted on: 25 May 2017, 11:11am

WHAT a year it has been for the Remote Student Attendance Strategy team (RSAS - the Yellow Shirts) and the Parent and Community Engagement Program (PaCE).

School attendance has improved at the majority of schools across the Barkly region and more children are attending school on a daily basis.

Most of our schools in the region are now in the top 10 rating for attendance.

This is a great achievement because at the start of the RSAS and PaCE programs, we were mostly in the bottom five. All credit to the workers on these programs.

There is still plenty of room for improvement, but it is a start.

Micky Burton and his team at Ali Curung have almost doubled the school attendance from this time last year from 38 per cent to 70 per cent. Congratulations to them and a great job by the RSAS team and the community of Ali Curung. Epenarra is another community which has improved its attendance and all credit goes to the Yellow Shirts and PaCE team for all the hard work they have done.

A big thank you must go to the Epenarra principal for her support in aiding in this program to achieve greater attendance for her school.

Tennant Creek Primary and High Schools have increased attendance and enrolments over the past 12 months. A great job has been done by all.

To finish off the term, special events are happening at most of the schools across the Barkly, including school open days, movie nights and discos and BBQs.

The highlight for the Tennant Creek good attenders is the fluoro disco on tonight (19 June) at the Civic Centre.

The Yellow Shirts and PaCE team are planning an enjoyable night for all.

Keep an eye out for next week’s paper for all the great photos of the night.

The Yellow Shirts will take a two-week break and then return for training to improve their skills.

They will be out and about visiting homes on the last week of the holidays to remind children and parents when school starts and see where they can help to make sure every child attends school every day.

  1. Celebrate Hard Work