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ALEXIA.JOHNSTON

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A collaboration between Cromwell’s schools is gaining top marks.

Cromwell Community of Learning (Col) was established last year to help celebrate and recognise success across the area’s education sector, from early childhood to college level.

COL lead principal Wendy Brooks said the initiative was formed on the back of the community’s support and had been well received throughout the town.

“We asked if [the community] would like one whanau group for Cromwell and we got a resounding ‘Yes’.”

She said one of the many benefits was the opportunity it gave parents and extended family to attend one event, rather than several, if they had children at primary and secondary schools.

The group aims to provide the community with a single event each term.

This term, each of Cromwell’s schools and early learning centres recently celebrated Matariki as part of the combined initiative.

“As a Col goal, we felt we wanted to bring all our Maori and Pasifika families [together] and we’ve extended it for whanau that want to build on our cultural dimensions in our community,” she said.

“The people who are coming [to the events] are really positive. They are enjoying mixing with other people beyond where their children are at school or early child care. It’s a unique initiative in terms of whanau groups and the Ministry of Education has said we are leading the way.”