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Christ Church Grammar School takes out mediation grand final

Thursday, 03 September 2009


Students from Christ Church Grammar School have won the 2008 grand final of the Schools Conflict, Resolution and Mediation (SCRAM) competition hosted by Edith Cowan University earlier this month.

SCRAM is an interactive role play competition for WA high school students in years 9 and 10. The competition gives students an increased awareness of peaceful dispute resolution in schools and in the community. Students from Christ Church Grammar School competed against teams from seven other regional and metropolitan high schools in three competitive rounds. Runner Up was awarded to Perth College with Safety Bay Senior High School winning the Encouragement Award and Shenton College taking out the School Participation Award. Christ Church Grammar School will go on to compete in the national grand final against Seven Hills High School (New South Wales) on Wednesday, 10 September at the Hyatt Regency Perth.

ECU's Faculty of Business and Law is the major sponsor of the event, which is an initiative of the WA Dispute Resolution Association. SCRAM adjudicator Margaret Halsmith congratulated the winning team on an outstanding effort. "It's great to see the kids having fun and developing skills that will be useful in everyday life," she said. "Students come out of the competition with improved communication, negotiation and decision-making skills." The event is also supported by LEADR Association of Dispute Resolvers, the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia, Legal Aid WA, Relationships Australia, the Citizens Advice Bureau and CentreCare.

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