Cherbourg woman brings trust to school
WONDAI State School is building stronger relationships with its indigenous families now that Jarmmarmia Hooper has joined the staff as an indigenous support worker.
Cherbourg's Ms Hooper has been working with families on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the last 10 weeks.
She said having an indigenous person to connect with indigenous families has built trust and understanding.
"Nine out of 10 times there's a reason why the children aren't there," she said.
"We don't want parents to feel pressured and feel we're always chasing them."
But she believes in the importance of children attending school every day.
"It makes a difference to themselves and their families when their children are positively engaged in learning," she said.
"I love working with the children, the positive feedback, the progress of the students.
"It's nice to see parents with a smile on their face and to have them know we're glad they're a part of our school."