Merriwa Primary Schools have benefited from growing Community Support in recent years. Agencies such as The Smith Family, Spiers, The Salvation Army, and Foodbank provided goods and services to our families including food, assistance for uniforms and excursions, and financial planning and advice.
The breakfast club was run by our Chaplain with support from Irene McCormack Christian College and Foodbank, while Bunnings provided both materials and labour to paint and improve our buildings and grounds.This year we were also fortunate enough to win the top prize in the 'Local Matters' fundraising campaign at Grill'd Ocean Keys, which is determined by customer support from the local community.
We became leaders in Direct Instruction, and in recognition of our work in this field Mc- Graw Hill awarded us Lighthouse status, with associated discounts.
The Defence Forces supported our ANZAC Ceremony and presented medallions to those students who have achieved despite adversity, while the Church of Latter Day Saints provided a free venue and technical support for the Year 6 graduation ceremony and social dance.We are also proud to be involved in the Salvation Army Carols in the Park event in December each year.
Our association with Edith Cowan University has strengthened in recent years, with support provided by the Occupational Therapy, Education, and the Science departments.They've also assisted in placing practicum students at Merriwa and providing science workshops in Aboriginal studies, forensic science and astronomy. This year they presentedthe school with a telescope, and helped us host a star gazing night. Staff from Butler College also got involved, and in turn we helped out with their own star gazing event.
As a result of our work with ECU, we have been named in the top ten schools in Western Australia in the Our School's a Star competition run by Channel 7 and the West Australian newspaper.
Our school choir perform at many community events every year. This year they were involved with the UWA massed schools choir, the West Coast Songfest and performances at Bunnings for Easter and Christmas. They also had the exciting opportunity to record a Christmas Carol to be aired on Channel 9, as sponsored by IGA.
Central TAFE has been valuable in assisting us with work placements for teacher assistants. Our students also benefit from the work of the OSH Club, for before and after school care.
We will continue to strengthen and extend our links in with the community in 2016.