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Western Suburbs schools triumph in Conflict Resolution competition

Wednesday, 30 September 2009


Students from Perth Modern School have won the 2009 grand final of the Schools Conflict, Resolution and Mediation (SCRAM) competition.

Perth Modern showcased their dispute resolution skills at the grand final held at ECU’s Joondalup Campus on Thursday and were announced winners of the 2009 for demonstrating control and knowledge of the mediation process.

This competition finale was very competitive with Shenton College receiving the Runner-Up prize sponsored by Centrecare.

Margaret Halsmith, Mediator and Chair of LEADR (Association of Dispute Resolvers) Australasia said that the skills students have learnt over the course of the competition will be useful to them for the rest of their lives.

"I found a certain symmetry to my day mediating a Children's Court matter in the morning and adjudicating the SCRAM Grand Final in the evening and that both give me cause for optimism for our youth,” she said.

Senior Manager of Family Dispute Resolution Services at Relationships Australia (WA), Mandy Flahavin said the two top schools provided the audience with a compelling, artistic, and intense 50 minute demonstration.

“Through the application of mediation skills, the key and underlying issues are identified and resolved so I congratulate all teams involved,” she said.

SCRAM is an interactive role play competition for Western Australian high school students in years 9 and 10 designed to increase awareness of peaceful dispute resolution in schools and the community.

ECU’s Faculty of Business and Law is the major sponsor of the competition which is an initiative of the WA Dispute Resolution Association.

SCRAM is supported by organisations including LEADR Association of Dispute Resolvers, Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia, Legal Aid WA, Relationships Australia, Citizens Advice Bureau and Centrecare.

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