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Indigenous Rewards Program

29/05/2014
HB​Independent News ARticle 29 May, 2014
​We're always raving about our successes with Indigenous students, seems as if we've got the attention of the media!
The article talks about our successes in closing the gap (to a negative gap in many year levels - where our Indigenous kids out-perform the non-indigenous.)

With such a huge current focus on improving attendance rates in primary schools, some community and school groups around Hervey Bay are being pro-active and are involving students in rewards programs.
One of which is being offered by the PCYC’s Mr Les Ravenau. Each week for 8 weeks, Pialba State School’s Indigenous Liaison​ Officer, Mrs Fay Gillham took a number of Indigenous students who have been rewarded for their notably high attendance, behaviour and attitude towards learning to the PCYC. All students thoroughly enjoyed participating in the program. Last week, the students travelled to meet the Elders at Kal’ang Respite Centre. They were joined by the school’s traditional dance troupe, Yura who are taught by Mr Wayne Sandy. They enjoyed a sit down lunch with the Elders and took part in painting a canvas with their handprints on it for Kal’ang to keep. The Yura dancers performed magnificently and the Elders were very impressed.
Mrs Gillham acknowledged much thanks to the Kal’ang Respite Centre Elders and staff for making them so welcome and taking the time to meet them and share photos and conversations.