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28 October, 2020

Centres for Leaning and Wellbeing prepare for week of career activities

CENTRES for Learning and Wellbeing (CLAW) have begun preparations on activities for school students, teachers and communities across rural and remote Queensland for State Education Week from Monday.

By Hamish Hart

Located in Mount Isa, Atherton, Roma and Emerald, CLAW focuses on providing valuable support to all members of schooling communities during all stages of their careers.

Across all school catchments, the Centre is focused on supporting staff, parents, students and leaders under five primary functions: leadership capability development, mentoring and coaching for beginning teachers, coaching for mid-career and experienced teachers, resilience building for staff new to rural and remote settings, and inter-agency wellbeing support for staff and teachers.

“We service 43 schools as far-east as Bluff and as far west as Bedourie and Birdsville. It’s part of a project in advancing rural and remote education in these communities,” Longreach Satellite coordinator, Sarah Smith said.

Satellite centres such as Longreach were established to focus on regional schools located in Aramac, Barcaldine, Bedourie, Birdsville, Blackall, Ilfracombe, Isisford, Jericho, Jundah, Longreach, Muttaburra, Stonehenge, Windorah and Winton, allowing for broader access to educational support.

To celebrate this year’s annual State Education Week, both the Longreach Satellite and Emerald Centre will be holding near-daily events, including a student learning activity on Monday, CLAW competition on Wednesday, parent and Department of Education transition information sessions for Kindergarten, Prep and Year 2 teachers on Thursday, and a special breakfast for local educators on Friday to coincide with World Teacher’s Day.

Ms Smith said it was imperative to support students and educators in regional areas during what had been an extraordinary year, especially with the theme for this year’s State Education Week being Extraordinary Education.

“A highlighted piece that CLAW have documented is the extraordinary staff that work in rural and remote settings,” she said. “In some settings we have staff who have been working within the Department of Education for a number of years, and even more impressive, within the same school for those years.

“Highlighting some of the longest-serving staff is key to celebrating just how extraordinary rural and remote schools are.

“State education is first class and as educators we take great pride in ensuring every student is succeeding. Through the Centre’s work, we collaboratively work with educators and staff to understand and implement the Australian curriculum by catering to each student’s individual needs.

“We also work in supporting the wellbeing of students and staff, and building parental and community engagement. The biggest thing is that we’re supporting schools and overcoming barriers for rural and remote education.

“In Longreach and Emerald we will be hosting student activity sessions where we will be having extraordinary fun.”

State Education Week will conclude on October 31 following World Teacher’s Day, the day prior.


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