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The Rock-itt : October 2010
As one of the three teachers from the Peninsula Community of Schools (PCS) my first introduction to Ian Thorpe's charity 'Fountain for Youth' was on our Staff Development Day when Jeff McMullen and Ian Thorpe spoke to the combined PCS staff of 3 high schools and 10 primary schools. Their message was one of social injustice and inequality on a grand scale, on our own doorsteps. Chasms of difference lie between us Indigenous Australians in health and education yet we live in the same country. We were 3 teachers who were fortunate enough to be able to visit and experience the schools that Ian Thorpe's 'Fountain for Youth' charity support. It is very difficult to put emotions into words, except to say that despite the numerous hardships faced in these remote communities, we were welcomed into schools that over the last 6 years have benefited from the funding and resources that 'Fountain for Youth' has provided. These schools now have Smart interactive whiteboards to enhance student engagement and learning,