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Students SCRAM in school competition

Thursday, 18 October 2012

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Perth Modern School has taken out the 2012 Schools Conflict Resolution and Mediation grand final held earlier this month.

The competition increases awareness of peaceful dispute resolution in schools and communities.

Year 9 and 10 students from nine schools registered for the 2012 competition, five of these schools completed the program and participated in the competition, which was facilitated and hosted by ECU.

The students engage in interactive role plays based on fictitious community-based scenarios, and in doing so are introduced to the mediation process.

The Grand Final saw Perth Modern School and Perth College go head- to- head to compete for the title of champion.

The two schools completed an interactive role play, titled ‘Race around Rotto’ attempting to peacefully resolve a conflict between two schools, friends and community members.

Ultimately, the group of students from Perth Modern School came out on top, and were named winners in front of a huge crowd of family, friends and the mediation profession.

SCRAM convener Margaret Dixon said the challenge helped young people develop their communication skills by listening to others’ points of view and expressing their own views.

“I am continually amazed by the level of competence in dispute resolution that the students achieve by participating in SCRAM,” she said.

“The standard as a whole this year was particularly high.”

Ms Dixon congratulated both Perth Modern School and Perth College on achieving winner and runner up for SCRAM 2012.

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