Fern Bay Public school is thriving, and according to the school’s Principal Drew Janetzki, Port Waratah’s support has helped the school make several valuable improvements.
‘We’re very fortunate to have the support for Port Waratah. Their contribution to our fundraising efforts have allowed us to supplement our resources and provide additional extra-curricular activities for our students. They’ve helped us with the ‘21st Century Learning’ reading program, improvements to our sports field and our COLA,’ he says.
‘21st Century Learning’ emphasises the importance of early technological literacy.
‘The students use tablets to become more familiar with the skills they’ll need later in their schooling and their future employment,’ tells Janetzki.
Of the sports field upgrades he says, ‘The improvements of new turf and irrigation have helped us increase the use for sports, more outdoor lessons and even the simply recreational use at morning tea and lunch. We’re even able to get a modest income from a dog training business that uses it on the weekends,’ he says.
Port Waratah has also supported the school’s ‘Literacy for Life’ program, which is aimed at Kindergarten to Year 2. The series of carefully graded books help students build their literacy skills at their own carefully monitored pace.
‘I know our students and the whole school community are very appreciative of the extra resources provided by Port Waratah. They’ve helped enhance our school learning environment and we’re very thankful.’
In addition to Fern Bay Public School, Port Waratah supports several schools with projects and presentation day awards in portside suburbs. They are: Callaghan College Waratah Technology Campus, Carrington Public School, Islington Public School, Mayfield East Public School, Mayfield West Demonstration School, Merewether High School, Newcastle High School, San Clemente High School, Shortland Public School, St Columban’s Primary School, St Dominic’s Centre, St Peter’s Primary School, Stockton Public School, Tighes Hill Public School, and Waratah West Public School.