Focus Region: South East

The South East Region shows marked similarity to the other Regions supported by Skyline and hence became an area of interest to us. The Region has many pockets of poverty with some of the lowest ICSEA ranked schools in Melbourne, further compounded by high student dropout rates.

Midway through 2016 at the suggestion and with the support of Dusan Stoevski, the then Manager at the Keysborough Branch of the Bank of Melbourne, Skyline applied for and received a major grant from the Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund.

This initial grant was used to help expand the reach of the Program in the Greater Dandenong Region (now known as the South East Region) from schools within the Greater Melbourne Region. Skyline awarded nine places for students across four schools to begin Year 11 at the commencement of the school year in 2017, to join five students from this area who commenced the Program in 2016 and would transition to Year 12 in 2017.

In 2017 Skyline applied for a second grant from the Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund to further extend the Program. This grant helped to fund 14 student places, from six partner schools, to commence Year 11 in 2018, three more students than originally proposed. Note- 13* of the 14 students continued onto Year 12 with one student leaving because of personal issues

In 2018, a third significant grant from the Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund saw Skyline dedicate a part-time Program resource to the South East Region, and increase the student intake from 13* to 16, and partner schools from six to eight- Keysborough Secondary College (Acacia), Keysborough Secondary College (Banksia), Lyndale Secondary College, Westall Secondary College; Narre Warren South P-12 College; Dandenong High School; Westernport Secondary College and new partner school Carrum Downs Secondary College.

Altogether Skyline is supporting 29 students in the South East Region.

SUCCESSES

2017- All nine students who commenced in 2016) completed VCE in 2017 (100%) and 100% transitioned to tertiary education.

2018- 13 of the 14 students who commenced Year 11 in 2017 completed VCE in 2018 (93%) with 13 students (100% of those who completed VCE) transitioning to tertiary education.

The Bank of Melbourne Foundation Grant as been crucial for the continuance of the Skyline Program in the Greater Dandenong (South East Region) and to expand the program to offer more student bursaries.

The most important legacy of the Skyline Program and Bank of Melbourne’s support with the program in the South East Region is the significant and growing positive social impact to every one of the student’s families, schools and communities, as the students seek and take up leadership positions in their communities.

“ We really love the support your program gives our students and our school more broadly.” Senior School Leader Western Port Secondary College

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