Parents and teachers from across the Lindsay electorate welcomed the arrival of Australian Education Union (AEU) President Correna Haythorpe and the Gonski billboard to their school communities in Sydney’s outer west.
The AEU President began the day leafletting with parents and teachers outside Penrith Public School as the billboard travelled up and down High Street, passing by the school and the nearby office of the Federal Coalition MP, Fiona Scott.
Gonski funding is making a positive difference at the school with students with below grade benchmarks in reading catching up to their peers in less than 12 months.
At Dunheved Campus Chifley College, parent representatives and the school leadership team met Ms Haythorpe to share stories of the successful programs funded by the Gonski program at the school, including pre-vocational work links classes, enrichment classes to support and extend talented students and an in-house speech pathology service.
At Cambridge Park High School, Ms Haythorpe was greeted by another enthusiastic group of teachers who had a clear understanding of how Gonski funding was making a positive difference to student outcomes. New programs include an after-school Homework Club that has offered over 3600 hours of one-on-one tutoring, a Senior Learning and Resource Centre and the doubling of in-class support offered to individual students.
After school, Ms Haythorpe met Nepean TA representatives, ALP candidate Emma Husar and local Gonski campaigners outside the office of the Federal Liberal MP Fiona Scott.