Parent and Community Engagement (PaCE) is a program to encourage the parents, care givers and community members to support learning outcomes for Indigenous students. It takes dedicated parents and carers, along with the support of the community to raise healthy and strong children.
Project Officer Brett Wason has been busy introducing the local community to the Parent and Community Engagement team, ensuring they know and understand the role that community members play in defining our children's future. PaCE continues to forge an active role in engaging our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to the school environment, and encourages them to aim high.
Mother and Daughter Day Out - Lake Eacham
This workshop involved 12 young teenagers and five parents being welcomed by a traditional elder from the region to explain the history of Lake Eacham and the local people. Throughout the day there were sessions covering issues on health, careers and goals.
Days Out in Your School - Primary School Library
Attracting more than 70 mothers, fathers, carers and elders, Days Out in Your School focused on the importance of early learning and pursuing the best education for yourself and your children. Parents engaged in sessions on 'Everyday Counts', the school curriculum and student learning routines.
PaCE has been encouraging parents to think beyond primary and secondary school, taking them to a university setting and giving them hope for positive careers for their children. Together and in partnership we can make a positive difference in raising Indigenous students learning and achievements.
Mareeba Children & Family Centre
The Mareeba Children & Family Centre is committed to providing programs and activities to ensure all families and their children from 0-8 years of age achieve the best possible health and educational outcomes.
The centre aims to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families by increasing access to integrated:
- Early childhood education and care
- Parenting and family support services
- Child and maternal health services.
Coordinator Donna Grogan believes the focus on providing services to Indigenous children is necessary to improve their health and wellbeing as they grow.
Families are able to access the following services through the Children & Family Centre:
- Early learning programs
- Child and maternal health consults
- Hearing health support
- Speech therapy
- Occupational therapists
- Computer access
- Parent engagement programs
- Parenting workshops
- Family support
- Literacy and numeracy support
- Mobile playgroup
- Transportation to programs.
If you require more information on the Mareeba Children & Family Centre, please contact us.
Young & Awesome
Mareeba Young & Awesome is a two-year project funded by the Australian Government designed to reduce binge drinking and its associated harms. Binge drinking causes many societal issues within Australia, and many people learn anti-social behaviour during their formative years.
The project commenced at the beginning of April 2012, and is intended to provide young Indigenous people in Mareeba (particularly those aged between 17 and 24 years) with motivation and support to create and enjoy alcohol-free activities.
The events and activities are based on:
Makin' Music - Encouraging participation in jam sessions
Makin' Moves - Dancing and exercise sessions
Makin' Over - Remodelling clothes and other items obtained from opportunity shops
Makin' Out - Rehearsing and performing at events.
The project has involved sourcing and purchasing music, a computer and camera equipment, as well as seeking local young people to fill project roles. Mareeba Young & Awesome coordinator Anne Stapleton has been instrumental in the accomplishments we have seen so far in the course of the project. We hope to broaden and enrich the lives of participants by demonstrating you do have choices - you don't have to be bored or take up alcohol or drugs. Instead you can choose something more rewarding and interesting.
The Mareeba Young & Awesome program will be completed at the end of March 2014. If you are interested in learning more, or you can assist with project roles, please contact us for more information.