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$20,000 for boys education in six south west schools.

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F e d e r a l M e m b e r f o r W a n n o n

29 April 2003 EMBARGO - 6.00 A.M. - 30.4.03


Six south west schools will share $20,000 in Federal funding for an innovative boys education programme.

The funding was announced by Member for Wannon - David Hawker.

Mr. Hawker said it would be shared by Caramut Primary School, Hawkesdale P-12, Koroit District Primary School, Penshurst Primary, Port Fairy Consolidated and Woolsthorpe Primary School.

He said the cluster of schools would set up an adventure therapy programme to build student involvement in the school curriculum.

“This targeted programme will also help build positive relationships between students and between students and teachers,” Mr. Hawker said.

“This will be achieved by giving middle year students new activities combined with social occasions.

“The Boy’s Education Lighthouse Schools programme is a response to evidence showing that boys are underperforming in key educational areas.

“Schools like those in the south west have been asked to document and showcase how they develop and implement educational practices that address the needs of boys.”

Mr. Hawker said the results from the first part of the Lighthouse programme would be provided to schools and teachers by the end of this year.

He said they would help shape stage two which would start early in 2004.

“The Federal Government is spending $4.3 million on boys’ education over the next two years,” Mr. Hawker said.

“This cluster of south west schools is to be congratulated for working collectively on this very important issue and I have no doubt their programme will be a major contributor in future strategies to enhance the education of boys.”

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