Rotary Club of Bunbury's President Margaret Robertson asked us to join in a fundraising project for the Newton Moore Senior High School Girls' Academy (The Academy).
 
Leisa and Jess from The Academy.
President Margaret invited our Club to work on a joint fundraiser for a 12-seater bus for the Newton Moore Senior High School Girls' Academy (The Academy). 
 
The Academy was established in 2004 with a view to closing the gap between Indigenous education outcomes and non-Indigenous which include after hours academic support, kitchen support for breakfasts and lunches, and providing a safe environment for the girls contracted to the Academy with an overarching emphasis on mentoring.  It was recognised that talented students were not always in supportive families who value education, and the Academy sought to redress some of the issues.
 
The Academy representatives gave an passionate presentation outlining the reasons they are looking for a bus, the requirements and why they are not able to utilise the Boys' Clontarf Academy buses which are required to be used for sporting events.  The Academy currently has 53 contracted members, which is a comparable figure to the Boys' 54 (and there are non-contracted students who also attract the GA's assistance when possible).  
 
They expressed as certain amount of frustration at the amount of "non-eligible" funding which is out there
 
Issues of maintenance costs, funding insurance and drivers have been explored and as yet are not addressed, and it is hoped that the School will also be able to come on board with assistance.
 
The Board will consider the request - we encourage suggestions and assistance from members  which can be submitted to the Board through Secretary Peter.