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From Bribie to the halls of Harvard

24 April 2017: WHAT does Barack Obama, Bill Gates, John F Kennedy and Bribie Island State High School principal Brett Burgess have in common? Come spring, they will all have studied in the hallowed halls of Harvard University. Mr Burgess is one of three principals bound for Harvard after being awarded the prestigious Harvard Club of Australia Education Scholarship. Mr Burgess is off to the Harvard Graduate School of Education this winter to undertake the scholarship at the [...]

NSW principal wins Harvard scholarship place

11 April 2017: A BASS Hill principal is set to travel to the United States to take part in a prestigious scholarship at the Harvard University. Three outstanding principals from across Australia are off to the Harvard Graduate School of Education to undertake a professional education program in June. The Harvard Club of Australia Education Scholarships were established by the Public Education Foundation in 2013, offering principals around Australia the opportunity to 'reflect, focus and recharge' through a [...]

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

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