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I am looking forward to volunteering with students throughout the long weekend as part of our Womad fundraising initiative. Just like last year, all money raised is for the Social Enterprise Fund. The fund is a key part of the Strategic Plan and encourages students to look beyond the School’s gates to learn about the social needs of our wider community and to find a way to address these needs.

The Social Enterprise Fund was established in 2019 and students from the ELC through to Year 12 can apply for financial grants. In the Senior School, we’ve funded an initiative to encourage reading and literacy in disadvantaged schools in Adelaide’s north. Run by Jimmy Psaltis (Year 12) it involves a number of students in the School who have been tutoring others to raise funds and hundreds of books have been distributed across the northern suburbs. Ollie Kleinig (Year 12) successfully applied for funds to further his project called weCONNECT. The grant was used to purchase iPads with students tutoring elderly people in technology at a local aged care facility.

In the Junior School, last year’s captains Charlie Bruce and Joey Fitzgerald applied for funds to establish a coffee kiosk run by Junior School students with profits donated to the Hutt Street Centre. The 2020 Year 6 students, led by James Wilson, have just applied for further funds to buy another machine to increase the number of coffees they can make for staff and parents. Another grant enabled the purchase of a chicken coop and chickens with the eggs sold in the Junior School Foyer.

The Social Enterprise Fund has been a great success and I encourage all students to apply for a grant. There is so much we can do to help others and all ideas are welcomed.

I look forward to seeing many of you over the weekend.

Tim Browning