Ardoch delivers education support programs to increase engagement in education, build aspirations and enhance learning outcomes for vulnerable children.
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Strategy 2025 sets out five strategic priorities for Ardoch to focus on as we work towards our vision.
Ardoch’s history – 30 years of impact.
Ardoch’s Annual and Financial Reports.
The team at Ardoch work tirelessly every day to drive our mission forward and support more children in disadvantaged communities.
The philanthropic, corporate and community partners who support our programs.
Ardoch delivers educational programs to children in disadvantaged communities. Our programs promote literacy and STEM learnings and enhance student aspirations by broadening their horizons.
Ardoch’s Literacy Support provides early intervention programs to improve the literacy and language skills of children in their crucial early and primary school years.
STEM Support provides a suite of programs to foster children’s STEM skills in fun, engaging and relevant ways.
Ardoch’s Broadening Horizons programs provide a range of unique and engaging learning and life experiences.
Ardoch uses an outcomes framework that is common to all of our programs to measure the impact of our work.
Ardoch School Costs Guide.
We measure our program outcomes using a range of methodologies and conduct internal and external evaluations to assess the impact of our programs.
Ardoch partners with schools that are identified as needing educational support.
Published external research and evaluation reports.
Volunteers are central to Ardoch’s work. We offer opportunities to volunteer individually or as part of a workplace.
Over the year Ardoch offers different events that our supporters can attend or sponsor.
Become a corporate partner and help improve the educational outcomes for children and young people in disadvantaged communities.
Leaving a gift to Ardoch in your Will is an especially thoughtful and valued form of support.
Ardoch relies on the generosity of its supporters to help every child realise their potential. We offer several different ways to fundraise for Ardoch.
If you become a regular donor, your monthly donation will provide important, ongoing funding that will help every child realise their potential.
Ardoch relies on the generosity of philanthropy, corporate partners and the community to deliver our programs.
The release of this year’s NAPLAN results highlights again the importance of strong foundational literacy and numeracy skills.
During August many schools and early years services participated in important national awareness weeks for children’s education: National Science Week (10–18 August) and Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Week (17–23 August). Both events provide an anchor for educators around the country to engage children of all ages in the importance of science and literacy to not only their future job pathways, but lifelong learning as well.
At Ardoch, we know the importance of supporting children’s learning, and engaging them in these key foundational areas as early as possible and we see this firsthand in our own families. My young nieces, aged four and six, could not wait to tell me about dressing up as a ‘vet scientist’ and ‘The Thing’ for their own kindergarten and Year One classes’ celebrations of science and literacy.
This year, Ardoch’s early years programs focus on both these areas. Engagement with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is fostered in pre-school children through our Curious Young Minds program run by our early years volunteers and our STEM School Readiness program.
Launching with the support of the UPS Foundation, our STEM School Readiness program offers new STEM-based books to pre-school students coupled with a STEM-based incursion and parent engagement activity. Alongside these engagements, we will continue to build the early foundations of literacy through the expansion of our Early Language and Literacy program. With the support of the William Buckland Foundation, more early years centres now have access to our trained and supported volunteers.
As always, we could not achieve what we do without the generous support of our philanthropic and corporate partners, individual donors and volunteers. The sum of your achievements is reflected in our 2018 Annual Report. I encourage you to read it and share it with your friends, family and colleagues so that they too can be proud of, and inspired by, your contribution. On behalf of Ardoch and the children who participate in our programs, thank you again for your generosity.
Chief Executive Officer