Throughout 2021, Year 11 students again participated in the Mudgee Kids Programme, where groups of about 20 students visited Mudgeeraba Special School each week. The connection between our two schools has been ongoing now, for over 12 years.  

Thankfully, the ongoing pandemic did not interfere with our attendance in 2021. We shared ourselves between both junior and senior classes, assisting the classroom teacher by working alongside the students in their classroom activities. The initial visit was confronting but by our second visit we were much more ‘at home’ having learned a bit about the Mudgeeraba students.

Recently, we received letters from the Mudgee Kids talking about what they would like for Christmas. We all responded to one letter each by creating Christmas cards to send to the students we connected with and help spread the joy of Christmas.

Last Wednesday morning, Mudgeeraba Special School hosted a community partnership breakfast that both Darcy and I were fortunate to attend. We were served a delicious breakfast by the students and listened to guest speaker, Inspector Dan Bragg from the Queensland Police Service. Principal Colleen shared the wonderful work her students are doing in the community, while Inspector Bragg inspired us on leadership lessons through his experience with QPS.

Working with the students from Mudgeeraba Special School has truly been an honour and we’ll miss this opportunity next year. We know the students in Year 11 will relish the opportunity next year, as much as we have!

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