Westminster Junior Primary School has been awarded a NAB Schools First Impact Award.  

The Award has been received for work undertaken to improve the reading skills of students in Kindergarten to Year 3, which was done in partnership with the Fogarty Learning Centre.

Westminster Junior is one of only 25 winners across Australia in 2013 and receives $30,000 to continue this important initiative; which also seeks to address issues of low student and parent engagement.

This is the second Award of its type presented to the partners, who also won a NAB Seed Funding Award in 2011.  In announcing the winners, judges noted that:

“This was a well-organised and genuine collaboration, and that the partners produced a clear strategic plan to ensure the ongoing success.”

Early in the partnership (which began in 2009), four groups were identified as vital to the development of children: the immediate teacher, the paraprofessional, the student’s subsequent teachers and the parent.  The focus of the initiative has therefore been to provide effective training, support and mentoring for each group.

Since implementation, results have been impressive with significant improvements in academic outcomes for students, as well as positive changes in behaviour and attendance.

Proud school Principal, Peter Mulcahy, says the school is supported by a range of experts, most notably Dr Leanne Fried from Edith Cowan University who has been instrumental in coaching school staff through intervention processes.

In return, Westminster Junior Primary School provides support for research projects undertaken by Edith Cowan so student teachers are successfully engaged in the learning process.  Westminster Primary School has also recently become involved.

“Since winning this NAB award, our school has also been announced finalists in three categories of the 2013 WA Education Awards”, Peter says.  “I really feel this is evidence of the positive impact of this ever developing partnership.”

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