A science program for gifted and talented students from 15 Clarence Valley primary schools has been given a reprieve by a generous donation from the Yulgilbar Foundation.
The Clarence Science Initiative has been run by South Grafton High School for seven years. Up to 120 Year 5 and 6 students annually spend a session each fortnight in the high school’s science lab doing experiments, going on excursions to meet scientists and developing social skills by mixing with students from across the region.
A grant from the Yulgilbar Foundation – the charitable foundation of a well-known local family – has allowed the Clarence Science Initiative to continue. The Foundation has pledged an annual grant of $50,000 for three years to fund the Clarence Science Initiative.
The Yulgilbar Foundation was established by Sarah and Baillieu Myer with the aim of strengthening the capacity, resilience and prosperity or rural, regional and remote communities. Chaired by their daughter Samantha Baillieu and named after the family’s property and cattle stud on the Clarence River, the Foundation has a particular interest in supporting programs that benefit the Northern Rivers District including the Clarence Valley.
The funding was made possible by the launch of a new national education charity, Schools Plus. Schools Plus was established to help improve education outcomes for students facing disadvantage by increasing philanthropic support for their schools. The charity’s unique tax status enables many trusts and foundations to give to schools for the first time.
South Grafton High School and its CSI program is one of the first projects to be supported by Schools Plus (schoolsplus.org.au) since it launched its operations in early 2015.
Clarence Science Initiative Teacher
South Grafton High School