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Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority
Through Lighthouse, The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) has a team of staff rostered to attend Wilmot Road Primary School each week helping migrant students with reading and homework as directed by the teacher. Two staff members are involved each week which helps more students get one on one attention. Not only do the students develop their academic capabilities but they also get an understanding of the region. Biodiversity Manager, Steve is a hit with the kids. He always brings something from nature when he’s rostered on – nests, eggs, birds.
Often, he has parents brought to him in the supermarket by excited kids who want to introduce him to their parents.
Other staff also mention they are warmly greeted by Learning Club kids when they are down the street shopping.
Since connecting with the school, the CMA offers an environmental talent scholarship encouraging students with a passion for the environment. Over the last five years, each scholarship recipient has spent time with the CMA staff out in the field and regularly attends the “couch catch up” staff meetings on a Monday morning. The CMA have also helped to plant out the school gardens with native plants, indigenous to the region. As part of the program, the organisation provides the history and botany of the plants chosen. CEO, Chris Norman and the Senior Leaders regularly help at a leadership level, attending Grade 6 leadership activities and events. There are important connections for Chris with several, the Prefects and Captains being students who have received scholarships in the past.
The progression of activities and support the CMA offers the students at Wilmot Road PS is a great example of the movement Lighthouse is creating for our kids and the schools. It’s all about great people supporting our kids to thrive.