Honour for Centaur School

CENTAUR Public School was yesterday presented with a coveted award by the Director General of Education and Training Michael Coutts-Trotter.

The DG's award for inclusiveness recognised the primary school's dedication to education, specifically in their support classes, principal Darren Scott said.

“Centaur really does stand out as a school with programs that cater for students with individual needs,” Mr Scott said.

“The DG's award is finally some acknowledgement for the great things that go on in the school.”

Centaur is the only primary school in Tweed Heads with separate specific-needs classes.

“Our program stands out because it's really about the kids, and we get some outstanding results,” Mr Scott said.

“We have three support classes within our school, catering for mild, moderate and severe intellectual and physical disabilities.

“On top of that we have many students with specific needs integrated into mainstream classrooms.”

Mr Scott said this latest award is a testament to the quality of teaching within the school. He said receiving a Director General's award is a rare feat.

“They're certainly not lavished across the New South Wales Department of Education,” he said.

“The awards are fairly highly contested and are really to congratulate those schools performing very well.”

Mr Coutts-Trotter presented the award yesterday during an assembly at the Banora Point school.

“It went splendidly,” Mr Scott said.

“We had the children from our support classes perform and they did terrifically with their bells. Our drumming group played some songs also and the Year 4 class put on an Australiana Celebration play.”

Mr Coutts-Trotter was later shown around the classes which showcased their inclusiveness program.

“He was very impressed,” Mr Scott said.

“We found him brilliant.

“He spent a lot of time on the carpet with the kids

“He's a gentleman with a genuine heart for the kids.”



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