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Local partnership delivers educational outcomes

Date: November 13, 2017    Posted by: Megan Meineke

2017 marked the second bi-annual community serviced based Tour to Timor Leste for Sunshine Coast Grammar School students and with the help of local partnerships two graduating students will return to the region later this month instead of heading off on schoolies celebrations.

Year 12 students Noah Ashton and Max Coulton plan to head back to Maliana after graduation to assist in establishing an English Resource Centre to further develop the educational outcomes for this remote, under developed community through generous donations by the School’s long term community partner Sunshine Toyota.

Having recently returned from the School’s tour to Timor Leste in Sepetmber, Noah identified that the children in Maliana were working hard to better their English in the hope of breaking the poverty cycle in this remote township.

“It is our hope that when we return we can make a significant impact by donating time and resources in setting up an English Centre in the region, which is only possible through the generous donations within our community and particularly Sunshine Toyota, who without hesitation got behind this initiative,” said Noah.

Dealer Principal at Sunshine Toyota, Darren Venning is a proud supporter of the project which he believes will make a lasting and meaningful contribution to both the students and the people of Timor.

“Our dealership has a long and proud association with Sunshine Coast Grammar School and we were very keen to support this activity as it engages students with the broader community,” said Mr Venning

“Sunshine Toyota is a community-minded, family owned business and we take a lot of pride in working with local schools as a way of supporting the next generation of Sunshine Coast leaders.”

In today’s global, complex and digital world, it is vital that School’s provide opportunities for self-reflection and community engagement away from technology and everyday demands.

Community Service Co-ordinator at Sunshine Coast Grammar, Mr Ben Princehorn believes providing real-life exposure to students of what is happening in the world around us has gone a long way in giving invaluable life experience to our students to help them understand that making a positive contribution to the lives of others is possible.

“Our partnership with Sunshine Toyota helps deliver on a shared passion for providing community-based education that strengthens character and perspective, preparing young people for life outside the classroom,” said Mr Princehorn.

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