The Smith Family Learning For Life Fogarty Fund
The Fogarty Foundation has proudly partnered with The Smith Family for 18 years. Together, we provide opportunities for talented students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Through the Learning For Life Fogarty Fund, the Foundation provides financial sponsorship to young people, enabling them to participate in educational, sporting, arts or leadership experiences that they could not otherwise afford. This has enabled many students with talent, to be able to access specialist support and development programs. The fund provides additional financial support towards students’ expenses associated with special talents and high achievement, such as music camps, sporting equipment, and learning materials.
The Fogarty Fund helped to cover the cost of accomodation, so that Bella could compete [in the West Australian dance competition]. Isabella participated and won in all her categories. She then took her trophies to school for show and tell, using them for her experiences in her writing activities. This experience gave Bella a huge confidence boost and something for her to share with her whole class.
The benefits of a child’s participation in these kinds of activities are enormous. They include learning social skills such as team work, communication and confidence building, while ensuring students are engaged in positive recreational activities and social connection – all of which are transferable to school and contribute to improving educational outcomes.
Over the years the Fogarty Foundation has supported The Smith Family in a number of initiatives including The Swan Extended Schools Hub. This brought together a cluster of four schools in the City of Swan to improve educational and employment outcomes for young people in the area through a collective K-12 holistic approach and developing school partnerships.
The Smith Family Community Engagement Workshop Series worked with three schools in the Dianella Education Precinct. The workshops focussed on Reshaping, Reforming and Rewriting student learning with family engagement as a key strategy. Through this the schools learnt how to support parents as first educators and to engage in their children’s learning at school and at home.