Partnerships to benefit Macarthur Schools

Jun 27, 2011    

At a recent Campbelltown Catholic Club breakfast forum 130 principals, teachers, students, business and community leaders met to hear how partnerships can be set up in the area to benefit young people and the Macarthur community.

Guest speaker Sharon Clerke from the Australian Council for Educational Research, spoke passionately of schools needing to reach out to the community to create successful partnerships to foster learning, nurturing and development of our youth.

Mary Lawrey, Principal from Sacred Heart School, Fitzroy travelled from Victoria to outline her Award winning Homework Support Program.  They recently received $100,000 from NAB Schools First funding to further develop their program.

NAB Schools First is a national awards program that recognizes and rewards outstanding school-community partnerships.  This year $5 million in funding is available.

Attendees were given some wonderful ideas for partnerships. The opportunities are endless and if you have a great idea for a school-community partnership you can log onto their website www.schoolsfirst.edu.au , click on Interactive Community and register on their Partnership Matching Service.

MWLP Partnership Broker Manager, Dianna Ames says “Some of the partnership benefits include a stronger community, improved outcomes for young people, promotion of local business, addressing skill shortages and equipping the workforce of the future”.

For more details please phone Amber Hope from MWLP on 4625 1863.

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