A Shoalhaven primary has been acknowledge for its commitment to student wellbeing.

Nowra East Public School has been awarded a NSW Department of Education Disability Support Grant to expand its ‘wellbeing hub’ to the region’s Community of Schools Group (COS Group).

The school, in conjunction with Vincent Fairfax Foundation, established the hub to improve student and family health and wellbeing two years ago.

“The school has been tracking data around student attendance, student suspension levels and positive behaviour for learning (PBL) statistics to ascertain the levels of improvement across all areas,” Nowra East Public School Deputy Principal Sherri Mulhall said.

“With students having regular access to over 22 service providers, significant improvements have been seen across all areas.”

Ms Mulhall said the hub allowed students to attend appointments with health specialists during the school day and then quickly return to class. She said it provided smooth transition and less interruption.

Wellbeing Hub coordinator Andrew Leslie said the student service had gained the attention of schools in the COS Group, including Callala Bay, Greenwell Point and Shoalhaven High School.

“Having Shoalhaven High School working with Nowra East Public School is a massive boost for the sustainability of the students’ futures,” Mr Leslie said.

He said there was no other school in the state in a position to provide such support to its students and families and the service was set to expand.

“An extra paediatrician would be coming on board to support a further 150 students over a fortnight,” Mr Leslie said.

He said the hub’s dentist, optometrist and speech pathologist had agreed to increase the number of hours they provide the service.

Audio: East Nowra Public School Wellbeing Hub coordinator Andrew Leslie