Malibu School benefits from Navy’s community-minded leadership training initiative

This article has photo gallery Published on CPO Martin Ball (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Location(s): Safety Bay, WA

Topic(s): HMAS Stirling, Charities, Fundraising & Community, Community Engagement

Students from the School of Leadership and Management Faculty - West with students and staff from the Malibu Education Support School during a community engagement support event in Safety Bay, Western Australia. (Permission to photograph students granted) (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)
Students from the School of Leadership and Management Faculty - West with students and staff from the Malibu Education Support School during a community engagement support event in Safety Bay, Western Australia. (Permission to photograph students granted)

The School of Leadership and Management Faculty - West at HMAS Stirling regularly provides community support to the Malibu Education Support School in Safety Bay - in a community-minded initiative that also provides Navy’s sailors with an opportunity to further develop their leadership skills.

The Malibu School is a leader in the development of educational programs for students from kindergarten to year 12 with intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, sensory impairments (vision and hearing), challenging behaviours and/or autistic spectrum disorders.

Malibu School has a strong reputation for providing a high quality education for students whose needs are high and complex.

Together with families they make up a strong community committed to providing individualised, challenging and rewarding learning experiences for students’ unique learning needs.

Malibu School is the charity of choice for HMAS Stirling, with the specialist school catering for students in early childhood through to Year 12.

Every three weeks, the Navy leadership school provides the Malibu School with 24 personnel from the Leading Seaman Promotion Course (LSPC) for a day of work, which includes gardening and general maintenance to ensure the grounds are maintained and safe for students.

This excellent community engagement opportunity is utilised further by the leadership school’s Instructors as a scaffold learning opportunity, by structuring the task to incorporate a mission brief known as a SMEAC.

A SMEAC outlines the task-related Situation, Mission, Execution, Administration and Logistics and Command and Control arrangements.

The SMEAC for the Malibu School tasks provides excellent training Leading Seaman Promotion Course students to prepare for future course assessments.

The idea was first introduced in 2015 by former Leadership and Management school instructor Greg Burgess, who is now a Warrant Officer.

It has been a component of the course ever since.

Acting Course Implementation Officer, Chief Petty Officer Callum Blake, said the local community link with Navy and Malibu was important for a number of reasons.

“It has been a fantastic partnership that has benefited both organisations.

“The sailors are provided an opportunity to practice elements of leadership and SMEAC learned on course, in an informal setting, prior to their assessments.

“All the while, they’re building positive relationships beyond Navy,” Chief Petty Officer Blake said.

Malibu’s Principal, Julayne Charlton, said the link between Stirling and Malibu continues to grow and hugely benefits the school.

“The partnership between Stirling and the Malibu School is extremely positive and one that continually grows stronger.

“It has been amazing to see the enthusiasm and passion that the Stirling personnel have when they come to the school.

“They are always willing to help with any project and there is a real buzz in the atmosphere when they come and visit.

“Their assistance promotes a sense of pride and connectedness across our school community,” Principal Charlton said.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Gallery: https://images.navy.gov.au/S20192367.