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At Senior School Muster this week we were privileged to hear from three outstanding young men who have contributed significantly to their community through the development and facilitation of social enterprise initiatives. Year 11 students Alex Rowe (Archie Initiative), Jimmy Psaltis (Make Reading Rock and JP Tutoring) and Ollie Kleinig (weCONNECT) spoke eloquently and powerfully about their respective projects and the ways in which lives have been enriched through their commitment to serving others.

Central to each of these initiatives is The Day Family Foundation, established by Geoff Day (FLL ‘68) in 2011 for philanthropic purposes. In 2017, the Day Family Foundation established the Day Family Foundation Prize for Social Entrepreneurship at St Peter’s College to enable recipients of the prize to develop skills, knowledge and experience in social entrepreneurship.

The prize gives students the opportunity to travel to Melbourne to meet with the Foundation for Young Australians and other selected partners of St Peter’s College. Through this experience students gain a greater insight to help kickstart their own social enterprises with the expectation that they deliver it within the School or local community by the end of the School year in which it is awarded.

It was wonderful to welcome Geoff, Anne and their son Edward Day (FLL ’02) to our Muster where they heard first-hand the powerful contributions of our three award recipients. Congratulations in particular to Alex Rowe who is the winner of the 2019 Saints Service Medal for his time spent at Aldersgate, a dementia aged care unit, enriching the lives of elderly residents with the support of his dog Archie. Special thanks to Mrs Kerry Skujins, Service Coordinator and Mr Jeremy Borgas, Social Enterprise who provided outstanding support to these boys with their projects.

James Tamblyn
Deputy Headmaster/Head of Senior School