Mandurah Catholic College dads receive award from Catholic Education of Western Australia

Michael Gardner, Brent Bowman, Chris Archer, Jerome Gallagher, and Colin Bartley.
Michael Gardner, Brent Bowman, Chris Archer, Jerome Gallagher, and Colin Bartley.

A DEDICATED group of fathers at Mandurah Catholic College have been named recipients of the LEAD Merit Award in Engagement by the Catholic Education of Western Australia (CEWA).

Each year, the LEAD Awards for Excellence recognise school initiatives that contribute to outstanding outcomes for students.

Men of MCC formed in 2016 in partnership with the Fathering Project.

They have held events for fathers and fatherly figures to enjoy with their kids, including movie nights, fishing days, camping and sporting activities.

The group of dads encourage the active participation of father figures in the lives of their children and provide opportunities to remain connected as the children journey through school.

Convener and chairman of the LEAD Awards judging panel Mr Michael Ciccarelli said Men of MCC caught the judges’ attention because of their engagement with the community.

“This type of group is something that not many schools do… capturing dads and their potential involvement,” he said.

“We look for applicants who present something that’s different, not run-of-the-mill, something that will stand out in Catholic education that we do not see in schools generally.

“Men of MCC is also a great example of good practice that will be looked at by other schools, and perhaps they will be encouraged to do the same.”