Recently our friends at the Retired Teachers’ Association judged the inaugural Public Education Foundation Essay Competition. We heard from Year 11 students across the state express their belief in and commitment to the value of a strong public education system. It was incredibly heartening to hear such a deep understanding of the values of excellence, quality and diversity coming through across the essays. Below we announce the winner of that competition where you will also be able to read the winning entry. Congratulations to all participants in the competition!
For those keeping an eye on our website for upcoming opportunities, now is the time to dive in and start applying. Our main round of scholarships for 2017 has opened and we are delighted to be making the application process a smoother one by introducing an easy to use online system.
I am pleased to announce a new team member here at the Foundation; Alison Matheson has commenced as our new Office Manager, working Monday to Wednesday. Alison is looking forward to supporting those students applying for 2017 scholarships, and will be overseeing the payment of our multi-year scholarships.
I would also like to extend my gratitude to those generous individuals and organisations who donated to the Foundation at the end of the financial year. We are now closer than ever to being able to keep up with the demand for scholarships, particularly our Friends of Zainab Scholarship which tripled in demand last year. It is never too late to consider donating to the Foundation and any gifts received before the end of the calendar year can be utilised in the upcoming scholarship deliberations. If you would like to speak further about how you can help, please don’t hesitate to contact the Foundation, or to make a donation online.
Michelle Stanhope, General Manager