rsas wiluna

Our “Wirra Schools” Remote School Attendance Strategy is a community-focused program run in partnership with Wiluna Remote Community School in the Mid-West town of Wiluna.

RSAS aims to improve school attendance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children by working together with families and the wider community to ensure attendance and retention at school.

%

of our RSAS staff are aboriginal or torres strait islander

children reached through rsas in 2020

local mentors employed

%

of our RSAS staff are aboriginal or torres strait islander

children reached through rsas in 2020

local mentors employed

Working closely with parents, teachers and the wider community our mentors assist with:

› Talking to children and families about the importance of regular school attendance
› Celebrating and rewarding improved attendance
› Working with families where children are not attending school to find out why and what can be done to help them
› Providing practical support like driving children to school or helping to organise school lunches, uniforms, homework and after-school care
› Working with the school to monitor attendance and follow up on student absences

Wiluna based mentors engage other community members and services to work together to overcome any potential barriers that may prevent children from regularly attending school through organising rewards, mentor visits, sport and recreation activities, community events and supporting families with daily responsibilities.