A Learning Community

Rockingham as a Learning Community is one where all residents can create, participate in and support opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills through study, experience or instruction. When we learn we all increase our potential which helps to create a more vibrant community.

The City supports the concept of a Learning Community through partnerships, building community capacity, respecting diversity, and creating opportunities for professional and personal development.

Read below for learning opportunities you can become involved in.

Widi and friend at the Teddy Bears' Picnic Widi and friend at the Teddy Bears' Picnic

Paint Rockingham REaD

Paint Rockingham REaD is run as part of the national Paint the Town REaD Ltd campaign. The campaign is all about encouraging the whole community to read, talk, rhyme and sing with children from birth so they will be ready to learn at school.

Children whose parents read with them in their early years of life show better performance in school. Reading with children not only helps them learn reading and writing, but it also boosts their social skills, brain development, and understanding of the world around them.

The aim is to create a community culture that celebrates literacy and has a love for reading

How can you support Paint Rockingham REaD?

  • Attend Paint Rockingham REaD events and share them among your friends.
  • Promote the message of reading, talking, rhyming and singing with children from birth to give them the best start to life.

                           Paint Rockingham REaD logo

How can local businesses and organisations support Paint Rockingham REaD?

  • Host a Paint Rockingham REaD book swap box – the aim is to distribute swap boxes all around the community. Local businesses, schools and organisations are invited to host a swap box to encourage everyone to read to children and to ensure every child has access to children’s books. Swap boxes are not currently in use due to COVID-19 restrictions. If you would like to register your interest to host a swap box, please email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au and we will advise when the program will recommence.
  • Have Widi, the Paint Rockingham REaD mascot attend your event. Community organisations are welcome to book Widi the Penguin to promote reading, rhyming, talking and singing with children. To book Widi, please read the Safety Guidelines below and fill out the booking form. Send your completed booking form to rclcontact@rockingham.wa.gov.au

For more information on the Paint Rockingham REaD campaign, please contact us on 9528 0333 or email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au.

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