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    Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Grants deliver stronger connections for Queensland schools

    Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Friday, March 08, 2019

    Grants deliver stronger connections for Queensland schools

    Thirty-five Queensland schools will share in $3.3 million of philanthropic funding and support over three years to help them improve family and community engagement and enrich student learning at their schools.

    Education Minister Grace Grace today announced 15 projects had received an inaugural Queensland Fair Education Program grant from national education charity, Schools Plus.

    “The program provides project funding direct to schools as well as additional support from education experts to coach and mentor the schools to help them deliver their projects,” Ms Grace said.

    “Among this year’s successful applicants are projects focusing on parent and student engagement, the early years and kindergarten, Indigenous language and culture, literacy, wellbeing and the transition to high school.

    “The Fair Education Program aims to improve the learning outcomes for some of the state’s most disadvantaged students thanks to a commitment of $3.3 million over three years from the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and The Bryan Foundation.”

    As the lead in a cluster of local schools, Redcliffe State High School was awarded $250,000 over three years to deliver its Respect project.

    Redcliffe State High School Principal Shona McKinlay said her school was looking forward to working with the other seven schools in its cluster to promote positive relationships between parents, carers and schools.  

    “This grant will allow us to employ a social worker to work with parents and carers to promote a more collaborative school community and maximise our students’ learning outcomes,” Ms McKinlay said.

    “Over time, this valuable resource will be available for the other schools in our local cluster enabling families and schools to work better together in the best interests of our students.”

    Schools Plus CEO Rosemary Conn said the grants would make an immense difference to the successful schools, located throughout Queensland from Mornington Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria to Mossman in the far north, Yelarbon in the south and Cunnamulla in the west.

    “Our organisation aims to close the education gap by connecting donors who recognise the value of a great education with the Australian schools that need it most,” Ms Conn said.

    “Our unique Fair Education Program is a perfect example of how we work with schools to deliver initiatives that have the greatest impact for students.

    “The program has already been very successful in New South Wales so we are pleased to have the support of Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and The Bryan Foundation to bring it to Queensland.”

    The $3.3 million program includes project funding of up to $70,000 for individual school projects and up to $250,000 for school cluster projects. A full list of the successful recipients can be found below.

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    Inaugural 2019 Queensland Fair Education Program – Successful schools

    Caboolture State School

    NGARA (Hello) – Dance and Story Telling

    Darling Heights State School

    Community Intensive English and cultural program for LBOTE parents

    Toogooloowa School, Ormeau (Independent Schools Queensland)

    LEM Phonic Program

    Pumicestone State School

    Step into Prep

    Bundaberg State High School cluster (including Norville State School, Walkervale State School, Bundaberg West State School, Branyan Road State School, Avoca State School, Bundaberg Central State School)

    Ignite Family and Community Engagement Initiative

    Yelarbon State School

    Supporting children and empowering families to transition to school through engagement in kindergarten in our rural community

    Redcliffe State High School cluster (includes Scarborough State School, Hercules Road State School, Clontarf Beach State School, Humpybong State School, Deception Bay State High School, Deception Bay State School, Deception Bay North State School)

    Respect Project

    Loganlea State High School

    Uplift Logan – Raising the Profile of Logan Youth

    Raceview State School

    Character Matters

    Mornington Island State School

    Engaging parents/carers in the teaching of reading – building partnerships, adult learning and literacy, the local reading intervention team at MISS, and future employment capacity

    Ravenshoe State High School

    Whatever It Takes: A program to improve learning outcomes by engaging students, their families and the wider community in tailored, flexible learning pathways

    Mossman State School

    Indigenous Language Project

    Marsden State High School cluster (includes Marsden State School, Burrowes State School, Crestmead State School, Waterford West State School)

    A community of exceptional learners

    Kawungan State School

    RISE (Respect, Inspire, Support, Engage)

    Cunnamulla P-12 State School cluster (includes Sacred Heart Primary School, Eulo State School)

    Keeping early years in the spotlight (K.E.Y.S.)