HUGE IMPROVEMENT: Eidsvold State School students are enjoying the Yumbin program every morning.
HUGE IMPROVEMENT: Eidsvold State School students are enjoying the Yumbin program every morning. PARTER, Preston

Class attendance improves at Eidsvold State School

THE Eidsvold State School has seen a huge improvement this year to class attendance as a result of the Yumbin program.

Deputy principal Preston Parter said Yumbin was the Wakka language term meaning "all of us” and that it was a concept bringing the school together.

"The aim of Yumbin is to provide all students with a sense of belonging and connection to themselves, others and the community through language, leadership, social skills and health and well-being,” Mr Parter said.

He said school attendance had significantly improved as a result of the program.

"It's a pretty cool program and it seems to be working. School attendance for Eidsvold students has improved 4.2% across the whole school and 5.9% for the indigenous students,” he said.

Compared to 2016 the results are staggering.

"Their attendance data for the first semester in 2016 was the lowest in the Central Queensland region,” Mr Parter said.

"In 2016 their overall attendance rate was 83% and 79.7% for indigenous students.

"In 2017 this improved to 87.3% and 85.2% respectively.”

Mr Parter said the session ran every morning from 8.45am to 9.15am with students divided into five groups comprising from prep to year 12.

"The five groups rotate across the week through the following programs: LOTE (Wakka Wakka), Rock and Water, Peer Skills, Stronger Smarter, and Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL),” he said.

"The P-12 composition of Yumbin groupings encourages older students to become role models for younger students and prepares all students with the skills to be healthy, resilient, lifelong learners.

"Student attendance is also acknowledged on parade and Yumbin groups are awarded Yumbin tokens for the highest attending group for the week.”

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