Construction commenced on the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School in July 2015.
Melbourne Indigenous Transition School is establishing a residential transition school in Richmond, Melbourne for Indigenous students from remote and regional communities. Each year from 2016, up to 20 boys and girls around Year 7 age will attend MITS, transitioning into life in Melbourne.At the end of their MITS year, students will progress to scholarship positions at one of 20 Melbourne Partner Schools.
In 2015, The Jack Brockhoff Foundation made a grant towards the development of a new curriculum to enable MITS to accelerate its students’ learning through their transition year, facilitating attendance at Partner Schools by year’s end.
Children from Sacred Heart Primary School, Fitzroy learn cello or violin under guidance from Ardoch volunteers to help with motivation.
Ardoch’s Harmony in Strings’ program engages disadvantaged students from refugee/migrant backgrounds at Sacred Heart School who struggle with classroom learning. All Year 3/4/5 students learn the cello or violin in small groups, after school music club and practice sessions, supported by Ardoch volunteers. This develops concentration, learning skills, motivation and problem solving.
Outcomes are assessed through measurement of children’s musical ability, engagement and skills development by the Teaching Artists. Through termly student reports that highlight achievements, we communicate with parents about their child’s involvement. The reports are also used to assess the impact of the program on overall learning skills and engagement.
Harmony in Strings helps disadvantaged students from migrant/refugee backgrounds to settle in the community and build their resilience and aspiration with long-term benefits for students of increased educational and engagement outcomes.
Helping Hoops takes the sport of basketball and uses it as a vehicle for connecting kids, who need a little help, with fantastic role models and coaches who can put them on the right path. The Jack Brockhoff Foundation made a grant to enable Helping Hoops to keep the program at Dandenong where the kids who come are from many different ethnic backgrounds.
The Jack Brockhoff Foundation’s Executive Officer congratulates a student
VICSEG was established in 1981 as a cooperative of ethnic organisations north and west of Melbourne to support young people disadvantaged by high levels of unemployment, poverty and social isolation, exacerbated by poor access to transport, suitable housing and culturally responsive community services.
In 2014 it launched a scholarship program in Melton to assist South Sudanese secondary students.
Hiking for higher education
Children & Youth grants were made in each of 2011. 2012 and 2013 to Anglicare Victoria to assist them draw together a network of over 50 Grampians Region, Ballarat and Melbourne based educational, arts, sporting, music and community organisations to implement a coordinated, holistic response to the low aspirations of the young people in Ararat.
The Making Ararat A+ program focuses on students from Grade 5 to year 12. It helps them find their passions, engages them in learning and inspires them to take control of their own futures. Now in its third year, the program already has an impressive record in helping schools to increase student attendance and retention rates. The number of Ararat College Year 12 completers moving on to further study or meaningful full-time work has also risen significantly in the past two years.