Armadale Senior High School to be first to pilot new Full Service Schools program

Department of Education Director Student Support Services' Catherine Shepherd, Armadale MLA Tony Buti, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery and Armadale SHS principal Mary Griffiths.
Department of Education Director Student Support Services' Catherine Shepherd, Armadale MLA Tony Buti, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery and Armadale SHS principal Mary Griffiths.

ARMADALE Senior High School will be the first to pilot a new program aimed at providing support to students beyond the classroom.

The three-year Full Service Schools program pilot will make Armadale SHS a hub for students, families and the wider Armadale-Kelmscott community by providing a range of services including after-school activities, vacation care, life skills training for parenting support or substance abuse, specialist health services and part-time community projects.

Armadale SHS principal Mary Griffiths said they were looking forward to seeing the program help their students.

“Armadale Senior High School has a really competent student services team which supports our students so they have the ability to learn,” she said.

“This pilot is only going to add to that and will give us the opportunity to expand the services we already offer.

“Students here are wonderful and deserve everything we can offer them.”

Education and Training minister Sue Ellery said Full Service Schools went beyond the traditional classroom model to better support the complex issues modern families faced.

“Schools, particularly in low socio-economic areas, are increasingly required to cope with non-academic issues such as safety and health,” she said.

“These issues can spill into the classroom and affect learning in ways that teachers should not be expected to handle on their own.

“The services offered at a Full Service School help ensure students who regularly attend school, are safe, and ready and better able to learn.”

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