Glenmore school's dragon spirit program earns top accolade
PRINCIPAL Janet Young says the Glenmore State High School dragon symbolises courage, strength and endurance.
And these are the very qualities students are being taught through the Dragon Spirit Program, which has been recognised at the Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools.
It won the Teachers Health Fund Showcase Award for Excellence in the Junior Secondary Years.
Ms Young yesterday said she was thrilled with the award and the success of the program, which had increased attendance rates, improved behaviour and increased engagement in the school and wider community events.
"The Dragon Spirit Program is all about student wellbeing and keeping our children supported at school," she said.
"We are very proud of the work that has happened here and the effort that the staff has put in.
"We can see that great things are happening at Glenmore and it comes down to programs like this."
Deputy principal Matt Newell was instrumental in developing the program for Year 7, 8 and 9 students.
"It focuses on student engagement and school culture, quality teaching in the classroom and parent and community involvement," he said.
Mr Newell said year level co-ordinators tracked the students to ensure they were effectively engaged and working towards their goals and no one "slips through the gaps".
Ms Young said the Dragon Spirit Program was pivotal given that Glenmore had for two years been piloting the introduction of Year 7 students to high school before the official transition in 2015.
"We are a lead school in the process," she said.
"The Year 7 students really enjoy being at high school and enjoy the variety offered through the program, which is delivered in a planned and structured environment.
"We are heavily focused on meeting literacy and numeracy goals and we are achieving that through quality teaching, explicit instruction and a concentration on individual students and not just a whole group."
Glenmore State High School's Dragon Spirit Program focuses on student wellbeing.
It has achieved better student attendance, attainment and engagement rates.
Students are now also taking part in a wide variety of community engagement projects and extra-curricular activities that are delivering quality outcomes for all involved.