DI SNOWBALL – LITERACY PROGRAMME
“Di has been a wealth of knowledge for us with our mainstream teachers. She has attended workshops and professional development days to challenge our thinking and teaching around literacy. Di has managed to organise the classrooms libraries as a matter of urgency and I believe I am accurate in saying that nobody could have predicted the positive impact this had in the short term. Imagine how this will play out in the future. There is an expectation that children can read in a sustained way for over 40 minutes. We have struggled to be able to do this until now. Part of the success is due to the engaging books we have purchased under Di’s guidance.We just could not have afforded to purchase $20,000 worth of books to take the chance on this programme. We did it because of Di’s belief and experience.”
Bev Dadds, Principal, Mornington Park Primary School.
THE LEARNING GUARANTEE PROJECT
This is a new program that Foundation 59 have committed to supporting.
Term 4, 2017 will see the commencement of this program which intends to identify 20-30 Grade 4 students from three different primary schools in the Hastings area and to get a commitment from these children’s families that they will attend school.
In return the program guarantees to provide a wrap-around service for the whole family of these students, that may include professional counseling, financial advice, medical support or whatever.
Plus any assistance of any nature the student themselves may need to continue at school.
The commitment to education is paramount to these services being offered.
This is a new program that has been trialed in the US and we look forward to hearing of the progress later this year.
This has been developed by Michael Devine at Western Port Secondary along with Safe Schools.
Michael, earlier this year won a Commonwealth Bank Teacher Scholarship for outstanding service to his school and community – the only one given in Victoria.
ROSEBUD SEA SCOUTS
Foundation 59 have committed to providing support to the Rosebud Sea Scouts Group, in particular, to the 8-10 year olds who have the opportunity to attend the 2017 Cuboree which is a camp to be held later in the year.
We are ever mindful of the enormous positive effect these camps can have on these children.
Our support will subsidize costs for some families plus allow some children whose families could not afford to send them on camp to also attend and join their fellow scouts.
A wonderful opportunity.
SORRENTO SEA SCOUTS
Similarly Foundation 59 has given support to a teenage group who have the opportunity to go to the Venturers Camp later in the year.
Despite the Scouts being based in Sorrento some of the children come from families in Rye who find the cost of these camps very high.
We are pleased to be able to offer them some much needed support.