Good attendance in Nyngan | POLL

SMILING FOR ATTENDANCE: Senior Constable Craig Skene, Youth Command, Department of Education Home School Liaison Officers Tina Heterick and Clinton Hoy (end) and High School Principal Michael Gibson (second from right) Photo: GRACE RYAN.
SMILING FOR ATTENDANCE: Senior Constable Craig Skene, Youth Command, Department of Education Home School Liaison Officers Tina Heterick and Clinton Hoy (end) and High School Principal Michael Gibson (second from right) Photo: GRACE RYAN.

School attendance was perfect on Thursday when two Home School Liaison Officers, a Senior Constable from the Youth Command and the High School Principal checked for students out of school. 

Tina Heterick and Clinton Hoy, the Liaison Officers from the Department of Education and Senior Constable Craig Skene said it was good to see the Bogan kids in school. 

Senior Constable Skene operates throughout the Darling River Local Area Command, the Lachlan Area Commmand and half of the Orana Local Area Command. 

“This is a good area, so far we haven’t identified any kids out of school,” he said. 

Ms Heterick said if a student was identified, they would notify the school of their absence. 

“It’s called street beat, we work as school liaisons, we work with police and local principals to make our presence know,” she said. 

“If we see children we ask why they’re not at school and where are their parents. Then we encourage them to go to school and the school can keep an eye on them.”

High school principal Michael Gibson said it was a very good process, but was pleased attendance was good in Nyngan.

While in Nyngan, Senior Constable Skene was also talking to students and parents about social media, cyber bullying and cyber safety.

Principal Gibson acknowledged its a problem in Nyngan. 

“It’s a problem everywhere with teenagers there are never ending issues,” he said. 

The talks went on throughout Thursday, into the evening.