Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Former Premier; Minister for Tourism; Science

Hon Elizabeth Constable MA(Syd) DipEd(UNE) MEd(Harvard) PhD(UWA) MLA

Hon Elizabeth Constable MA(Syd) DipEd(UNE) MEd(Harvard) PhD(UWA) MLA

Former Minister for Education

    West Coast Eagles take students under their wing

    21/09/2011 12:00 AM
     
    • West Coast Eagles a major player in It All Starts At School attendance campaign
    • Schools thank community for support to reward students for regular attendance
    Premier Colin Barnett thanked West Coast Eagles star Luke Shuey for his involvement in the State Government’s It All Starts At School campaign at Kitchener Park this morning.

    “The importance of going to school every day is a message that can be difficult to communicate to young people, and having inspiring ambassadors part of our team was a vital component of the campaign,” the Premier said.

    “I would like to thank Luke Shuey and the West Coast Eagles for backing the program. Because of their contribution, I believe young people have been encouraged to make the right choices about going to school regularly.

    “I also congratulate the Eagles on making the preliminary finals. The club turned its fortunes around and moved from the bottom of the ladder last year to top four this year and the players are setting an excellent example for the young people of Western Australia. The club’s achievement clearly illustrates that any goal can be realised if you put in the effort.”

    Education Minister Liz Constable said as part of the attendance campaign Western Australian public school students who have continued coming to school each day and those who have made significant improvements in their attendance have the opportunity to participate in exciting experiences to reward their efforts.

    One experience providing incentive is an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the West Coast Eagles’ training and warm-up facilities.

    “The club will open its doors to students and let them into the team’s ‘inner sanctum’, where they’ll learn how players spend their week,” the Minister said.

    “The schools involved are already noticing a change in student attitudes, and support such as this allows us to reward student participation and improvement with engaging and fun experiences that interest young people.”

    West Coast Eagles midfielder Luke Shuey, who has plans to go to university, said that going to school regularly was vital no matter what your career path.

    “The club drives the fact that players need something to fall back on because you never know when your footy career is going to end,” he said.  

    “It is important to find a balance between school and other activities. Give school a good crack now and you’ll look back and have no regrets.”

          Fact File
    • Missing school adds up:
    • if a child misses an average of five days a term (years 1 to 10), they miss out on approximately one year of school
    • if a child misses one day a week of school (from years 1 to 10), they will miss almost two years of school
    • if a child misses 1.5 days a week of school (from years 1 to 10), they will miss almost three years of school
    • if a child misses two days a week of school (from years 1 to 10), they will miss almost four years of school
    • if a child misses three days a week of school (from years 1 to 10), they will miss almost six years of school
    • if a child misses five weeks a term (years 1 to 10), they miss almost five years of school
    • Information on:  It All Starts At School program 


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