Monday, 28 Aug 2017

An innovative program that supports students in their difficult transition from primary to secondary school has won an international award for West Moreton Anglican College (WestMAC).

Doug Braiden, Head of Middle School, was presented with the award at the Adolescent Success Australian and New Zealand Conference Gala Awards Ceremony in Brisbane on August 25.

“The program was developed with a focus on student wellbeing,” Mr Braiden said.

It starts midway through Year 6 and involves high school students hosting primary students at morning teas, information sessions, social nights, camps and various other activities.

“We believe that personal achievement is enriched when students’ social and emotional skills are developed,” he said.

Adolescent Success Inc is a not-for-profit association for teachers, schools, businesses and other educators who care about young adolescents and education in the middle years.

“I am thrilled that WestMAC and the team has received this recognition.”

Apart from receiving the international award, the school will be honoured by having the program published in the Australian Journal of Middle Schooling.

Mr Braiden has worked with the Middle School Leadership Team over the past three years to develop and refine the program.

“This program is reviewed and refined annually to ensure individualised learning journeys for our students,” Mr Braiden said.