Malibu School’s annual market day has returned

Indigo Lemay-ConwaySound Telegraph
Principal Merrilee Wright with Sonie Kptar, left, and Caitlyn Merritt, right.
Camera IconPrincipal Merrilee Wright with Sonie Kptar, left, and Caitlyn Merritt, right. Credit: Indigo Lemay-Conway/Sound Telegraph

Malibu School in Safety Bay held its annual market day last Thursday, showcasing the possibilities and abilities of students with special educational needs.

This year, the school introduced the Enterprise Education program for students in pre-primary to Year 12 which principal Merrilee Wright said was a great opportunity for all of the students to experience.

“Every one of our students has the opportunity to explore the concepts of market research, design, development, production, quality assurance, sales and review to strengthen their skills, in preparation for a positive and enriching life beyond school,” Ms Wright said.

“These micro-enterprise opportunities highlight the role of school in promoting collaboration, connection and active participation in work or community contexts as students transition through school with increased independence.”

The market day is open to a number of Malibu School’s network schools and offers an authentic chance for students to practise shopping, communication, money handling and customer service skills. Proceeds from the event are returned to sustain the Enterprise Education programs.

Over 20 products were for sale and proudly presented by the students to families, friends and members of the community.

Member for Brand, Madeline King MP attended the market and congratulated the school on a successful day.

“The Malibu School market day was fantastic. The kids are so full of energy, and it was really nice to see so many young people living with disabilities singing, dancing and learning together, from kindy to Year 12,” Ms King said.

“I bought some Christmas gifts and handmade gift wrap and was pleased to present a bicycle donated by Mark McGowan to the raffle winner.

“I’ve already told my staff to make sure it’s in my calendar again for next year.”

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