Mirrabooka students given better chance thanks to The Smith Family


Dave Hooper, Jorgen Mackie, Verity Leach, Wayne Austin, Adrian Piers and Anthony Middleton at the launch of the early intervention initiative.
Dave Hooper, Jorgen Mackie, Verity Leach, Wayne Austin, Adrian Piers and Anthony Middleton at the launch of the early intervention initiative.

MIRRABOOKA schools have launched a community engagement program to provide better education outcomes for students.

Mirrabooka Senior High School (MSHS), Mirrabooka Primary School and the Mirrabooka Education Support Centre combined with charity The Smith Family to form the early intervention initiative.

MSHS principal Wayne Austin said students would gain more opportunities and support through the program.

Primary school principal Anthony Middleton said parents could learn how to prepare their children well for school.

“The overall aim of the early intervention initiative will be to work with parents and caregivers to assist them to ensure their kids are ‘school ready’, so that when they start kindergarten, they can hit the ground running,” he said.

Education Support Centre principal Adrian Piers said he looked forward to bringing parents of their special needs students on board through the help of the charity.

The Smith Family community development manager Jorgen Mackie said home environment was vital to a child’s education.

“Students with parents who are engaged in their learning and development, no matter their income or background, are more likely to do well at school and take up higher education,” Mr Mackie said.

He said the program and various activities would start in July.