Robe Lions Club has helped two Robe teachers broaden their teaching skills. Reception/Year 1 teacher and well-being coordinator Shalene Venn and Year 6/7 teacher Kate Schubert were supported by the club in going to Adelaide to complete a Lions Quest “Skills for Growing” program in the education offices.

Ms Venn said: “For young people to achieve their potential, it is not just about academic achievement, but social and emotional learning has a huge impact on children and their education. It was fantastic meeting other teachers, sharing knowledge and experience”.

The financial support from the Lions club was $150 per teacher, which included one resource pack for each teacher. The pack for each year level contains a resource guide and learning journal/worksheets for the kids plus a USB and resources/worksheets/colourful teaching templates for the whiteboard. The school supported the program by paying for petrol and accommodation and buying two more resource packs for different year levels.

Lions Quest program goals include:

  • Engage the school community in creating a learning environment that is based on caring relationships, high expectations, and meaningful involvement.
  • Provide opportunities for students to learn the essential emotional and social skills needed to lead healthy and productive lives.
  • Celebrate diversity and encourage respect for others.
  • Strengthen students’ commitments to their family, peers, school, and community.

Lions Quest was introduced by Lions Australia about 30 years ago. For four years it has been going through a transition and an upgrade to bring it into modern day learning.

Lions member David Thomas said supporting the two teachers was very beneficial for them and the school.

“They are so happy about it and they would love to have the other two teachers complete the course so that the whole school would be working on this curriculum,” he said.“My aim is to get enough interest in the South East to try and get a program up here. We have our foot in the door with the Robe Primary teachers. The other two teachers now want to take it on, so all four from the Robe school will be trained in the quest program. It would be great to get other schools involved in this program, it is highly considered and recommended in educational circles. It gives children a good educational background and life skills and is very beneficial. It is consistent from Reception all the way through to high school and applies to each level of schooling.”

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