We may not have brought home the trophy on the night but we were delighted during July to learn that Ardoch was one of six Victorian Finalists  in the 2017 Telstra Business Awards (Charity Category). This amazing recognition, among thousands of nominations, is a testament to the dedication of our board, staff team, financial supporters, volunteers and partner schools and early years services who believe in the importance of what we do, and who have done so for many years. 

Thank you to all who sent us congratulatory messages or acknowledged us on social media. Your support makes an enormous difference and we plan to use this recognition to help us raise community awareness of the continuing unacceptable link between the socio-economic status of students and their educational outcomes. 

Many of you will have seen in the media recently two key reports: the preliminary national 2017 NAPLAN  results and Foundation for Young Australian’s The New Work Smarts ReportNAPLAN is showing only modest improvement in reading and numeracy, but a decline in writing performance of students, while FYA’s report analyses more than 2.7 million job advertisements and concludes that today’s early primary school children young people will need vastly differently skills for the workplace of 2030 than is needed today.

As we delve into these results and reports more deeply we will continue to review our programs based on data and feedback from our partner schools so that ensure that we are effective at supporting children in disadvantaged communities to engage in education, build their aspiration and enhance their learning outcomes. Key foundation areas of literacy and numeracy, along with skills identified for the ‘new work order’ will be vital to their future success.

As part of our strategy to ‘extend government partnerships to increase reach, impact and influence’ we are continuing to meet with local Federal and State parliamentarians to highlight the work of Ardoch, our partner schools and volunteers, in their electorates. We’ve been able to highlight the importance of governments of all levels working together, and the role that programs such as ours play in helping to overcome educational disadvantage. 

Finally, special thanks to those involved in fundraising events for Ardoch recently Matt Morris and Tiana  who represented Ardoch in Run Melbourne, and Sandra who will be running the Sandy Point Half Marathon at the end of August, Caulfield Grammar School who held a Trivia Night to support Ardoch and NAB and Gray’s Online who are supporting our 6th Annual Charity Footy Night.