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Thursday, 2 June 2011
Page: 5761

Mr STEPHEN JONES (Throsby) (13:53): I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate Warilla High School, which is located in my electorate of Throsby, for winning the 2010 Cohesive Community School Award. This award is open to all New South Wales schools and recognises schools that have implemented initiatives and programs to promote social harmony and unity. Warilla High School has built strong links to the community through engagement with organisations like St Vincent de Paul and the local Lions Club as well as Shellharbour City Council, local sporting clubs and primary schools in the area. These enhanced community connections are delivering results for the students of Warilla High and for their local community.

Most importantly, the programs and initiatives at Warilla High School have led to improved outcomes for students such as an improvement in student behaviour, an increase in work experience opportunities and one of the lowest student absenteeism rates in the region. Like many government schools with a diverse range of cultural backgrounds, the principal and teachers at Warilla High School manage many teaching and social challenges with a minimum of resources.

I would also like to make mention of Cringila Public School, which was one of nine New South Wales schools to receive a special commendation. I congratulate the students for their efforts and the teaching staff of both schools for these achievements and for their positive work as part of the local community, working together to help young people reach their full potential.