Souths Cares School to Work Program students are enjoying the last weeks of their summer holidays before throwing themselves into new challenges including tertiary education.

Among the successful cohort is South Sydney High School graduate, Hayden Towns, who will commence legal studies at the University of New South Wales next month after being a part of the Program,

Student mentor and former Rabbitohs fullback, Rhys Wesser, said that he is very proud of Hayden’s HSC results and his achievement of fulfilling one of his dreams – to study at university.

“I recently spoke with Hayden who is just over the moon about being accepted into university,” said Rhys.

“The enormity of the task ahead is not lost on him though. Hayden has been a steady student and I am sure he will continue to do what is expected of him to complete his tertiary education.”

Hayden’s matriculation is just one of 19 successful stories to come from the highly successful Souths Cares initiative, with Rhys praising the cohort’s results.

 

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“I am pleased to announce that 19 Souths Cares students successfully completed the HSC in 2014,” said Rhys.

“These HSC results have taken our Program’s success rate to 100%, which is an increase on the students’ efforts for 2013.

“This outcome demonstrates that the Program is working and that Souths Cares are on the right track in the way we mentor students and provide them with ongoing support.”

The School to Work Program – funded by the Australian Government – is offered to all Year 10-12 Indigenous students from the South Sydney district to assist in helping them to realise their potential.

“These students are both role models and future community leaders,” said Rhys.

“Among other things the Program offers a range of support to students such as one-on-one mentoring, assistance with homework and tutoring, access to training and traineeships.

“We also ensure that the Program is delivered in a culturally sensitive way.”

Souths Cares currently mentors students from Matraville Sports, South Sydney, J J Cahill Memorial, Alexandria Park Community and Tempe and Marrickville high schools as well as Christian Bros Lewisham and Champagnat College Pagewood.

“Everyone at Souths Cares is happy not only with the Program’s results, but also for each student and their individual achievement.

“Achieving the HSC is never a straightforward process for students and that’s why we are happy for them, their families and communities.”