Mentally Healthy Education Award, sponsored by the Commissioner for Children and Young People 

Mount Barker Community College 

Established in 2008, Mount Barker Community College (MBCC) was borne from the community belief that the educational needs of its students would be better served by having one kindergarten to year 12 college. It was formed by joining the former Mount Barker Primary School (est. 1921) and the former Mount Barker Senior High School (est. 1962) into MBCC. The rural campus services the needs of the diverse local community and captures students within a 55-kilometre radius. MBCC extend opportunities for its community's children right across the spectrum from pre-kindergarten programs, with the Child Health Centre on campus, right through to learning journeys to individualised pathways in senior school, utilising Registered Training Organisation status. MBCC offers Vocational Education and Training (VET) certificates on its college farm, in its Trade Training Centre and in its commercial kitchen. The community takes pride in supporting its students through many partnerships and workplace opportunities. MBCC acknowledges cultural diversity with its increasing Afghanistan student enrolments and proud local Noongar history. 

Narembeen District High School 

Narembeen District High School (Narembeen DHS), situated in the Wheatbelt 280 kilometres from Perth, there are 131 students. The school has spent many years engaging parents in its aim to develop students not only academically, but also by ensuring they mature into young people with empathy, resilience and commitment. Narembeen DHS has a culture of excellence and success. It has been a finalist in Primary School of the Year twice, in 2013 and 2017. The students’ development in all areas is strongly supported by a dedicated, professional, enthusiastic and stable staff, who are committed not only to the school but the greater community. The school’s goal is to ensure that all students reach their full potential in terms of the knowledge, understanding, skills and values, so they have all that is necessary to participate and prosper in a changing world. With a school motto of ‘learn, achieve, succeed’ and four key values being learning, excellence, equity and care, Narembeen DHS ensures its students are immersed in a positive culture and strive to be the best that they can be. The holistic approach aims to ensure students achieve their personal best and develop a sense of pride in themselves, their school, their environment and their community. 

Westfield Park Primary School 

Westfield Park Primary School (Westfield PPS) is located in the low socioeconomic area of Armadale, where 47 per cent of the school's 298 students are culturally and linguistically diverse and 12% identify as indigenous. The year of 2020 marked the 50th year that Westfield PPS had served the Camillo. The gazetted school catchment area contains a significantly high proportion of public and private rental properties. The students and community of Westfield PPS, unfortunately, face severe disadvantage, with families experiencing trauma, family and domestic violence, homelessness and unemployment. About 8% of the families in the school are involved with the Department of Communities, or child protection authorities. In recent years Westfield PPS has seen some significant improvements in outcomes for its students due to the emphasis the school places on community-centred learning and outreach programs for the community. Transiency, poverty and early childhood trauma are the three biggest risk factors impacting on student attainment. The school promotes students’ safety, wellbeing and positive relationships so that they can achieve at their full potential.