Port Young Parent Centre Manager Michelle Forsyth, was delighted on Friday 7 May when she finally hosted the delayed 2020 official opening of the Young Parent Centre extension. Senator Matt O’Sullivan, representing the Federal Government and its Capital Grants program, officially opened the new facilities which consist of a semi-commercial training kitchen, an extended classroom, meeting/counselling room, staff office and new ablutions. The extension of the purpose-built centre is a welcomed addition, and allows for up to 25 young mums to continue their education whilst their babies are cared for next door at Port’s Early Learning Centre.
The new facility was celebrated by Federal Member for Fremantle, Josh Wilson MP, City of Cockburn’s Mayor Logan Howlett and Deputy Mayor Lara Kirkwood, AISWA’s Executive Director and Deputy, Valerie Gould and Ron Gorman, as well as parents, carers, network agencies and members of the community. Former National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell also sent messages of congratulations via video-link.
Port students undertaking a Hospitality Certificate course provided excellent catering for the event, which showcased both the facilities and student achievement at Port. It was a proud moment for Principal Barry Finch and Deputy Mike Gilbert, who have been instrumental in the development and growth of the School over the last decade. Senator O’Sullivan complimented both staff and the school for the work they are doing. Josh Wilson stated, “I always walk away feeling inspired after visiting Port School”.
Port’s Young Parent Centre has been the educational home to over 75 young mums since its inception in August 2015. Many have gone on to further education and training, university and employment. The students have also gained a variety of parenting and life skills from the Young Parent team, as well as from the myriad of support agencies that offer in-kind services to the centre.