Thursday, 30 October 2014
Statements by Members
Moore Electorate: Clarkson Community High School
Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Clarkson Community High School for a tour of the campus and to see how educational outcomes have been greatly improved at the school. Under the innovative leadership of long-serving principal, John Young, his deputy principals, Georgina Hall and Justine McNaught-Conroy, and the dedicated team of staff, the learning culture has been positively transformed at one of the most statistically disadvantaged schools in the Moore electorate. Using innovative approaches such as 'invitational education', which is designed to improve students' self-concept, and through the creation of an inviting school that engages students in learning and positive behaviours, the development of key life skills is fostered, which become part of a student's character.
Learning at Clarkson is a meaningful journey that promotes greater wellbeing and provides opportunities to develop life skills as young adults. An example of the innovative approach at Clarkson Community High School is the formation of the first-ever school partnership with the Joondalup Police Academy to provide students with a police career pathway. Years 10 and 11 students were invited to take part in personal training sessions with police recruits.