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Lismore student achieves top results in 2023 HSC

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Mya Stanley.

Lismore student achieves top results in 2023 HSC

 

THE Rivers Secondary College Kadina High Campus student Mya Stanley is being celebrated for achieving outright first and equal first in two of her 2023 Higher School Certificate courses.

Mya topped the Business Service Examination and was equal first with 13 others in Mathematics Standard 2.

She is among the 128 students from across the state who have achieved some of the best results possible in at least one HSC course.

Mya’s rare double in twice making the prestigious list reflects the talent, hard work and skillset on display across regional New South Wales, State Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin said.

“I have no doubt that Mya will go on to achieve amazing things in future,” Ms Saffin said.

Mya Stanley.

Mya Stanley.

“While today’s First in Course ceremony highlighted our high achievers, we must also recognise the families and communities who supported all of our latest graduates in achieving their best.

“Teachers are a core part of our community, who support all of our students to achieve their very best – whether that be first in a course, or a personal success.”

Some 77,000 students who sat at least one exam in 2023 receive their results by SMS, email and Students Online tomorrow (Thursday, 14 December 2023).

All Round Achievers, Top Achievers and Distinguished Achievers will be published on the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) website from midday tomorrow (Thursday).

A recording of the First in Course ceremony is available to view on the NESA website.

 

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Enhanced Support for Early Childhood Health and Development Checks

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Health and Development Checks in Early Childhood Education (HDC) Program

Enhanced Support for Early Childhood Health and Development Checks

 

Early childhood education and care providers are being encouraged to avail themselves of grants aimed at facilitating free health and development checks for 4-year-olds.

In collaboration with NSW Health, the NSW Department of Education is spearheading the Health and Development Checks in Early Childhood Education (HDC) Program, aimed at making these checks readily accessible to all 4-year-olds attending participating services, including public preschools, community preschools, and long-day care centres.

Recent data from the 2021 Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) revealed that over 44 percent of NSW children do not meet developmental milestones upon commencing school. Additionally, almost half of all 4-year-olds miss out on their recommended health and development assessments.

The HDC program represents a strategic investment, with local health district professionals teaming up with early childhood services to schedule these checks and identify any necessary support ahead of school entry. The assessments cover various aspects of children’s health and development, including cognitive, social, and emotional development, speech and communication skills, motor skills, and physical growth.

Health and Development Checks in Early Childhood Education (HDC) Program

Early childhood education and care providers are being encouraged to avail themselves of grants aimed at facilitating free health and development checks for 4-year-olds.

Furthermore, the HDC program aims to boost the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children meeting developmental milestones across all five Australian Early Development Census domains to 55 percent by 2031, aligning with Closing the Gap target 4.

To facilitate the HDC program, the NSW Department of Education has allocated over $4 million to its HDC Participation Grant Program. This initiative aims to aid eligible services in accessing the HDC program more efficiently.

Eligible services participating in the HDC program in 2024 can apply for grant funding across three categories, with a total of up to $7,500 in available funds.

These categories include:

  1. Staffing support for the health and development checks program, such as providing relief for educators to complete pre-assessment questionnaires or support children during the checks.
  2. Space development for the health and development checks, including repurposing or refurbishing rooms within the service.
  3. Capacity-building initiatives to support children’s health and development post-check, such as attending workshops or completing training.

Interested services can check their eligibility for the Health and Development Checks in Early Childhood Education (HDC) Program grant and submit applications through the department’s website using the SmartyGrants platform. The application window closes on March 31, 2024.

 

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NSW Government Reaffirms Support for TAFE NSW in the Northern Rivers

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NSW Government Reaffirms Support for TAFE NSW in the Northern Rivers

 

The NSW Government has affirmed its commitment to TAFE NSW as the cornerstone of vocational education and training in the Northern Rivers region. Minister for Skills, TAFE, and Tertiary Education, Steve Whan, reiterated the government’s dedication to securing a resilient future for TAFE NSW in the area.

Minister Whan visited Lismore to witness firsthand the impact of the devastating floods of 2022 on the TAFE NSW campus. He expressed concern over the extensive damage caused by floodwaters to every building on the site, including the destruction of valuable equipment and resources essential for training programs.

Despite the challenges, Minister Whan commended the resilience and dedication of TAFE NSW employees, many of whom also experienced personal losses during the floods. Within just three weeks of the disaster, training services resumed utilising alternative facilities at locations like Casino, Wollongbar, Ballina, and Southern Cross University.

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Managing Director TAFE NSW Steve Brady, Lismore MP and NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Disaster Recovery Janelle Saffin, and NSW Minister for Skills, TAFE and Tertiary Education Steve Whan following an inspection of the flood-damaged Lismore TAFE NSW Campus.

In response to the damage incurred, TAFE NSW has been actively exploring options to safeguard its assets against future harm while meeting the training needs of the local community. Minister Whan emphasised the importance of community involvement in this process to ensure that the solutions implemented align with the region’s requirements.

NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Disaster Recovery and Member for Lismore, Janelle Saffin, welcomed the government’s commitment to restoring TAFE NSW facilities in Lismore and throughout the region. She underscored the pivotal role of TAFE NSW Lismore in training professionals across various sectors, including nursing, arts, and hospitality.

Ms. Saffin emphasised the significance of having a robust public training provider like TAFE NSW, capable of delivering essential skills to support the region’s economic growth and community development.

The NSW Government’s reaffirmation of support for TAFE NSW in the Northern Rivers highlights its recognition of the institution’s vital role in empowering individuals and strengthening the local workforce.

 

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FROM DREAMER TO HEALER: ALLEGRA’S inspiring JOURNEY

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FROM DREAMER TO HEALER: ALLEGRA’S inspiring JOURNEY

 

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Allegra Faery is an inspiring counselling student who has triumphed over life’s challenges to live her dream in the Northern Rivers, where she now has a husband, four children and one grandchild. Allegra shared her journey from working at her husband’s business to now studying the Bachelor of Counselling and making life-long friends at the Australian College of Applied Professions (ACAP) in Byron Bay.

Moving up from Melbourne, Allegra has called the Northern Rivers home for more than 15 years, finding love and building a family in the region. “It took me 10 years to move here, but I never gave up on that dream,” Allegra reflected. “It has been a beautiful journey as I never thought I’d live in the Northern Rivers and find love – I now tell people to never give up on their dreams!”

Allegra’s dedication to her family serves as a foundation for her compassionate nature. She believes that her genuine empathy makes her a trustworthy confidante.

“Being a mum and now a grandmother are the most important things in the whole world to me, and I think people can sense I’m a compassionate person and will listen to those who wish to share their stories with me.”

The path to counselling wasn’t always clear for Allegra. Before studying at ACAP, she worked as an office manager at her husband’s business and conducted children’s workshops on ethical and sustainable farming. However, a persistent calling to help others led her to pursue counselling.

“After finishing high school, I had enrolled to study social work, but after taking on some advice from my school counsellor, I ended up studying naturopathy, which I didn’t end up finishing,” she said. “I’d always wanted to help people, and that’s when I came across an ad on Facebook that said ACAP had a campus in Byron, so I gave them a call, and soon enough I enrolled in the Diploma of Counselling Skills. I enjoyed it so much; I’m set to complete the Bachelor of Counselling next year!”

Allegra Family

Allegra Family

Her experience at ACAP has been transformative, developing not only professional skills but also growing meaningful relationships with her peers. “I have built the most beautiful friendships – I am super close with [my peers], and we like to catch up socially,” Allegra shared. “The lecturers are really approachable, and I enjoy the personal anecdotes they share.”

Allegra’s personal experiences have shaped her into the caring and empathetic person she is today, and she acknowledges the role of counselling in helping her navigate through challenging times.

“As a child I experienced a lot of alcohol and substance abuse, and at that age you just try to disconnect yourself and survive,” she said. “And with the father of my children I was in a situation that wasn’t serving me or my two little girls, so I spent many years getting counselling advice to help me through.

“Mental health is just as important as our physical well-being, and there is even more awareness around it than ever before. There will always be a need for quality counsellors.”

ACAP CEO, George Garrop, commented on the value of counsellors in society and commended Allegra on her dedication. “Counsellors play a vital role in our communities, supporting people through challenging times, and providing them with the tools to navigate life,” Mr Garrop said. “Allegra embodies the spirit of ACAP – compassionate, resilient, and committed to making a positive impact. I look forward to seeing her future career as a counsellor blossom.”

Study counselling at ACAP Byron Bay with a $15k scholarship through Destination Australia. Find out more here.

 

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