South Sydney High School Give Back to the Community

Students and teachers at South Sydney High School have given back to the community in a very special way – by raising money for Souths Cares, the Rabbitohs charity with whom they share a close association.

School Principal, Robyn Matthews, recently presented Souths Cares with a cheque for the amount of $1157, raised at the school’s annual Red & Green Day.

General Manager of Souths Cares, Shannon Donato, said that the effort of the school community illustrates the important role the School to Work Transition Program plays in the school environment.

“The Australian Government funded Program has been delivered by Souths Cares since 2011,” said Shannon.

“During this period Souths Cares has assisted 17 indigenous students at South Sydney high to complete their HSC.

“Souths Cares does this in a number of ways but primarily it involves our Mentor, Rhys Wesser, working closely with the students, supporting them to overcome any barriers they may have to completing their studies and going on to either employment or further studies.”

The indigenous students at South Sydney High School have been involved in a number of Souths Cares activities including:

·       Close the Gap Round

·       All Stars

·       Access to the University of Sydney’s yourtutor Program

·       Re-birthing Culture workshop

·       Aspirations workshop

·       Career Expos

·       Weekly access to the University of Sydney’s Homework Club Program

·       NAIDOC celebrations

·       Industry qualifications in RSA and RCG

·       Learner Driving instructions through the Driving Change Program

·       University and industry visits

·       Job seeking skills workshop; and

·       School based traineeships

South Sydney High School and Souths Cares program participant graduate, Emily Cooley, said that through Souths Cares, she has completed a traineeship with Westpac.

“Souths Cares helped me,” said Emily.

“Not only did they find the traineeship but they helped me write my resume, took me to the interview, helped me throughout the two and a half years and will continue to help me when I graduate.

“I would like to take this time to thank the Souths Cares program particularly Rhys Wesser, who has made a big impact on the Souths Cares students.

“We really appreciate all you have done for us and are so thankful for the time and effort you’ve put into each of us.

“If it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”

Shannon said he would like to sincerely thank the entire school community for their wonderful donation to Souths Cares.

“The donation will be used to fund our Teachers’ Aide Program which sees trained members of the Rabbitohs NRL squad volunteer their time in our local schools each week, where they support teachers by assisting them to engage young students in literacy and numeracy activities,” said Shannon.