Local Schools Link Students To Learning

Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier for Youth David Elliott today welcomed the inclusion of three Baulkham Hills schools in the $8.9 million Links to Learning Program.

Mr Elliott said students from Baulkham Hills schools will benefit from the program that aims to encourage every student to make the most of their educational opportunities by completing school.

Model Farms High School, Muirfield High School and Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School will all benefits by programmes being run by The Parramatta College.

“Schools in the Links to Learning Program partner with community organisations which have expertise in delivering youth engagement programs,” Mr Elliott said.

“In 2015, 72 programs will be delivered across the State by a total of 46 not-for-profit, community-based organisations.

“The successful organisations were selected from over 250 applications from over 100 not-for-profit, community-based organisations.”

To be successful in their application for funding, community organisations needed to demonstrate a strong track record in:

  • operating in partnership with schools;
  • improving students’ education, employment and life skills; and
  • targeting students at risk of not completing school and reconnecting them with education.

“Links to Learning will increase the opportunities for students because we know that the work prospects of young people are greatly improved by completing school,” Mr Elliott said.

“This is a great chance for schools to partner with community organisations to deliver strong, innovative programs based on identified local needs.

“These partnerships will improve the educational outcomes and bring new opportunities for young people across NSW,” Mr Elliott said.