Souths Cares’ Nanga Mai Marri (Dream Big) and Liverpool Opportunity Hub Programs continue to achieve great outcomes for Aboriginal education, with 33 students about to commence their HSC exams.
This year’s cohort of Year 12 students includes participants from Matraville Sports High School, Alexandria Park Community High School, Brigidine College, JJ Cahill Memorial High School, South Sydney High School, All Saints Catholic College, Ashcroft High School, Good Samaritan College, Hoxton Park High School, Lawrence Hargrave High School, Liverpool Girls High School, Lurnea High School and Patrician Brothers College.
The COVID crisis has had a substantial impact on education this year, with students overcoming a number of challenges including attending class, completing assessment tasks and sitting HSC trial exams from home.
In recognition for their commitment to education during a challenging year, all Year 12 students in Souths Cares mentoring programs received a special gift this week which included a box of donuts and messages of encouragement as they approach their final exams.
Iesha Duckett is a Year 12 student at Matraville Sports High School and explained Souths Cares’ support had been vital during the COVID lockdown.
“Souths Cares has not only supported me, but my whole family for a few years now. During isolation due to COVID, Souths Cares has supported me and my family emotionally and mentally with check in’s a couple of days a week” Iesha said.
Brayden Carroll is a Year 12 student at Hoxton Park High School explained the small gesture had a big impact.
“I know that Souths Cares has always been there for me with their endless amount of hard work and support.
The gesture of a freshly made box of donuts solidified that support and I felt so amazed that they went out of their way to congratulate me for my hard work throughout my senior year”, Brayden said.
Completing their HSC is just the beginning for Souths Cares 2021 Year 12 cohort, with mentors continuing to support students with their transition into tertiary education, training or employment throughout next year.