Premier’s wife backs parenting program at Palmyra school

Our Lady of Fatima Primary School parents Emma and Mads Jesen, Bicton MLA Lisa O''Malley, Sarah McGowan with parents Adam and Jane Dorey. Picture: Jon Hewson
Our Lady of Fatima Primary School parents Emma and Mads Jesen, Bicton MLA Lisa O''Malley, Sarah McGowan with parents Adam and Jane Dorey. Picture: Jon Hewson

SARAH McGowan visited Our Lady of Fatima Primary School today to help launch a video that promotes a parenting program.

The Premier’s wife is an ambassador for the Triple P program, which is focused on positive parenting strategies.

Mrs McGowan spoke to a room full of parents during the first session at the school about how the program helped her family.

“The Education Department approached me and as a parent of three young children who completed the program when our child was in kindy, I knew the benefits of the program not just for my child but for our family,” she said.

“When our children were really young, the issues were about tantrums and not going to bed and as they get older the issues are about screen time and not getting out of bed.

“So those struggles families can have can continue and I use the program strategies.

“It’s hugely successful and it can turn around the life of a child and a life of a family, so the struggles you can have can be turned around so that your house is positive and your child is content at school and home.”

There are seminars being held around schools in the metro area, with topics The Power of Positive Parenting, Raising Confident, Competent Children and Raising Resilient Children.

Our Lady of Fatima Primary School principal Paul Hansen said the school’s role was not to tell parents how to raise their children but to provide support.

“The program has experts in the area, which helps kids achieve their potential,” he said.

“The parents at our school are very engaged in the community; we are a small school but we’ve had a lot of interest in the program.”