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How Bass Hill public school principal Melissa Proctor turned her school around

8 April 2017: By Pallavi Singhal, Sydney Morning Herald   As many as 10 brawls a week, children walking out of class whenever they felt like it and teachers refusing to set foot in certain parts of the playground. That was what Melissa Proctor was confronted with when she first came to Bass Hill Public School as its new principal in 2014. "It was viewed by the community as the school you don't go to," Mrs Proctor said. [...]

Pakistani refugee Amram Arif to study medicine after receiving Friends of Zainab scholarship

30 January 2017: Pakistani refugee Amram Arif is en-route to Townsville to study medicine, after being receiving a life-changing scholarship. It’s a long way from his home in Bankstown, and even further from Punjab, Pakistan, where the 18-year-old came from with his family on Christmas Day in 2009. With little English, Mr Arif attended an intensive language centre in Chester Hill and started at Strathfield South High School in Year 8. Fast forward four years and Mr Arif has [...]

HSC graduate given a helping hand from Sydney multimillionaires

11 January 2017: Student life will be a little easier for Fatima Al Helfy, who has been given a hand up from Sydney multi-millionaires Susan and Isaac Wakil. The Birrong Girls High School HSC graduate, was told last month that she was one of seven students from across NSW to receive the 2017 Susan and Wakil Foundation Scholarship, awarded through the Public Education Foundation. Read the full article from Canterbury-Bankstown Express here

Susan and Isaac Wakil shift philanthropic focus to public education

17 December 2016: Grace Corr has big plans. 'I want to be one of the first Indigenous CEOs,' the bubbly 18-year-old from Windsor Downs says. Having just finished her HSC, she is one step closer to realising her ambition after learning she has been awarded a university scholarship from the reclusive Sydney multimillionaires Susan and Isaac Wakil, through the Public Education Foundation. Read full SMH story online

Deborah Anscombe recognised for work with refugee students

9 September 2017: Navigating a new school can be a struggle for any student, let alone one who can’t speak English. This is where Wagga High’s English as an additional language teacher Deborah Anscombe steps in.  For the last 10 years Mrs Anscombe has been supporting refugee students and students who cannot speak English. Some pupils are coming from schools in other countries while others have never had formal education. Read the story in The Daily Advertiser

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