“Business-community partnerships are at the heart of Australia’s giving culture.” We couldn’t agree more with that statement, made recently by the Federal Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, to mark Community and Philanthropy Parthership Week.
That’s why we are excited to partner with corporates like Toyota Australia. Through a partnership with Schools Plus, Toyota Australia is supporting schools and students facing disadvantage in the Sutherland Shire.
Toyota has had a strong presence in the region since the 1960s but will leave the Sutherland Shire at the end of this year. However, it is determined to give back to the community that has been home for so many years.
“We wanted to ensure that we left a lasting, and valuable community benefit after our departure. Together with our partner Schools Plus, we are helping students who live and attend school in the Sutherland Shire to reach their potential,” says Tony Cramb, Executive Director, Sales & Marketing at Toyota Australia.
The projects supported by Toyota in the region vary and have been designed with the support of Schools Plus to cater to the specific needs of students in these schools. Endeavour Sports High School is using its funds to introduce an innovative STEM program across Years 7-10, and Dunlea Centre, the Original Boy’s Town has established a new Transition Day Unit to help students with complex mental health concerns return to mainstream schools or workplaces.
“The funding requests schools make to us show they lack the financial means or access to opportunities to bring out the best in their students. Joining forces with corporates like Toyota Australia who generously support schools that need it the most, is therefore absolutely necessary for ensuring the next generation receives a quality education,” says Rosemary Conn, CEO of Schools Plus.
The projects also involve building the capability of the schools’ leaders. Schools Plus’ Leadership Coach, Gerry McCloughan, with over 38 years of experience in school education, has also been involved in mentoring school leaders at five schools supported by Toyota. Minerva, Cook and Bates Drive Public Schools are three special schools addressing needs of students with autism and significant sensory processing disorders. With Schools Plus and Toyota’s support, they are developing a program of assessment, support and professional learning in collaboration with allied health services.
We strongly believe that every Australian child deserves a quality education, regardless of their postcode or background, and it’s fantastic to join forces with Toyota Australia to support these young people and those who work tirelessly to teach them.
“I’d like to thank Toyota for believing in our vision and partnering with us. Toyota Australia is leaving a wonderful legacy in the Sutherland Shire,” says Rosemary Conn.