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Our school in the community

Elliott Heads Community’s involvement in the school has broadened as parents and community members are welcomed into the classroom and school to directly assist students.  Community members are making valuable contributions to the success of the students in a variety of ways.  Currently, twelve community members assist students on a daily basis with reading, through the Rotary Readers program.  This is a significant number in such a small school and allows us to provide assistance for those students who are experiencing difficulties, as well as those who benefit from that little extra individual time.

Our community members also share their expertise.  Several ladies are encouraging the older students to knit.  It is good to see such skills are still popular.  The grounds are maintained by a number of community members whose green thumb is all too obvious.  Another community member attends school weekly to share her cooking expertise with the senior students, to the benefit of school students and the chaplaincy program.  Interaction with adults in this way has also provided students with the opportunity to develop social skills. 

The students are also becoming involved in their local community.  The ANZAC day service at Submarine Lookout provided the perfect opportunity for the community to experience the diversity of the talent in our school. The school captains perform in this public arena and our amazing choir sings both the Australian and New Zealand National anthems (Maori and English versions).  Not only were the Choir students in attendance but a large portion of the school population.  The significance of this day and the importance of tradition is being nurtured by this school.

The school belongs to the Reef Guardian school initiative.  This allows the student to explore and put into place sound environmental practice that benefit both our school and the community.  Thanks to the donations from some local business the school is becoming more environmentally aware.  

The future of a community depends upon the passing on of value and skills needed by youth.  The interaction between Elliott Heads State School and its community is ensuring this happens.