Five primary school students from Greater Bunbury placed in an esteemed, state-wide West Australian Young Writers' Contest this year, a testament to all the exceptional schools in the area that foster the creativity of their students.
Once again, students from Dardanup Primary School performed exceptionally in the competition, coming in a close second to the Methodist Ladies College, which was the overall winning school.
This demonstrates Dardanup's continual emphasis on supporting and encouraging their students to create high-quality work.
In an October 9 announcement in the South Western Times, Dardanup Primary School Deputy Principal Malena Cahill said: "We've been entering for the past 18 years and have won the school title five times. We try to identify the strengths and talents of our students and embrace and nurture them, which has led to a very high literacy level across the school."
Residents who own real estate in Bunbury will be happy to hear that students from local schools are ranking high for English and creative writing, and that children are getting the inspiration and help they need to develop creative skills.
According to data released by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) last year, more students in the South West are graduating with a Year 12 or equivalent diploma completion. The qualification rate for students in Western Australia – aged 19 to 23 – improved from 81.83 per cent to 84.57 between 2007 and 2012.
By 2015, COAG hopes to reach the nationwide target of 90 per cent of students achieving a Year 12 or equivalent degree.