ECEC winners amongst Queensland education grants
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ECEC winners amongst Queensland education grants

by Freya Lucas

March 13, 2019

Thirty five Queensland educational services, including those serving the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector, will share in $3.3 million of philanthropic funding and support over a three year period to help them improve family and community engagement and enrich student learning at their facilities.


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


“The program provides project funding direct to educational communities as well as additional support from experts to coach and mentor them 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, and wellbeing.


Ms Grace said the Fair Education Program aims to improve the learning outcomes for some of the state’s most disadvantaged children  through the $3.3 million dollars in funding, provided over three years, from the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and The Bryan Foundation.


Schools Plus CEO Rosemary Conn said the grants would make ‘an immense difference’ to those successful in securing funding. The chosen services are 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 communities that need it most,” Ms Conn said.


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


The roll out of the program in Queensland follows successful implementation in New South Wales, and Ms Conn said Schools Plus were pleased to have the support of  both the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and The Bryan Foundation to bring the initiative to Queensland.


The $3.3 million program includes project funding of up to $70,000 for individual projects and up to $250,000 for cluster projects, where a number of education communities come together to innovate and create lasting change.


A full list of the successful recipients can be found below, with more information about both Schools Plus and the Queensland Fair Education Program available here.


Inaugural 2019 Queensland Fair Education Program recipients:


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.)

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