The mother of all occasions
Three significant events were combined at South Hedland Primary School earlier this month – marking a strengthening of school and community bonds.
First, the MOASH Cultural Centre was officially opened.
The ribbon was cut over its doors with South Hedland Primary School principal Yvonne Denham saying the centre had formally become, “a place for parents to spend time”.
“There are also thoughts of having workshops or parent classes,” she said.
Nanna Janet and Aunty Kay, key figures in the setup of the Cultural Centre and organisation of the morning, were in the audience.
Ms Denham told guests: “Nanna Janet and Aunty Kay will be getting ideas from people for a new name.”
The hint of light heartedness in her tone was possibly given that the current name MOASH actually stands for “Mother of All Sheds”.
The second item of importance was a “Memorandum of Understanding” signed by South Hedland Primary School and Yandeyarra Remote Community School 140 kilometres from Hedland.
“The Memorandum’s aim is to promote closer ties between the two schools,” Ms Denham said.
Yandeyarra Remote School principal Graeme Boyd agreed.
“When children come in to town, perhaps because a parent is enrolled in a course, we want them to attend school rather than take days off. At Yandeyarra, coming to school is a given.”
He also cited shyness for not attending in town.
“It’s easier for kids who have a connection with the school to want to come,” he sad.
“South Hedland Primary School also has quite a bit to offer our staff, such as professional development. In return we offer cultural awareness in our way of life and work.”
The aim is also for staff and student exchange programs to occur between these neighbouring schools.
Finally, the South Hedland Primary School “Community School Partnership Agreement” was signed.
“This was developed in consultation with families to agree on standards of student behaviour, participation and to encourage strong attendance,” Ms Denham said.