Big secret out, teachers praised

Kid time: Brad Waugh (centre) with teacher Lawrence McDonell, teachers aide Venetia Lovett and Cambridge Park Public School students Jacob, Jessica, Michael, Jonah, Zac, Kyle and Nathan, taken earlier this year. Picture: Gary WarrickWHEN Phil Gould addressed the large audience at the Panthers on the Prowl graduation ceremony last week he not only applauded the work of the the staff in helping young kids through difficult times he also said the program needed to be 10 times larger.
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As 25,000 kids have already profited from this specialised teaching over the past ten years, that means that by 2022 Penrith should see a quarter of a million kids being given help to get back on track.

The general manager of Penrith Panthers and a Prowl board member, who was blown away by the program when he first saw it last year, also said he wanted to see the program hold a very important place in Western Sydney.

The Prowl has been Penrith’s best-kept secret, a success story misunderstood for years but one which newish general manager Brad Waugh aims to broadcast.

And last week’s graduation, complete with an accolade from former nearly off-the-rails Glenmore Park High School student now Aussie kickboxing champ Brendon McClean, was also a tribute to the two teachers Lawrence McDonell and Venetia Lovett.

These and others have guided kids from trouble to triumph, from aimlessness to achievable goals, from being lost in a crowd to one-on-one attention.

“I have been awestruck by the staff and I keep hearing wonderful success stories of past students,” said Mr Waugh.

The Prowl has strong support from schools who have reported marked gains from the program.

“The Department [of Education] understands its role and fully endorses it,” principal of Cambridge Gardens Public School Adam Wynn said.

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