Media Release                                                                                             14 August 2018

Government’s Need to Break the Poverty Trap for Talented Disadvantaged Students


The Skyline Education Foundation today warned Australia was in danger of continuing to lose some of its most talented and gifted students in the future and has called for a strategic education policy to break the Poverty Trap.

Katrina Reynen, Chair of the Skyline Education Foundation said breaking the Poverty Trap for gifted and talented students who show enormous potential to complete their education and go onto productive lives and careers should be part of a focused national government policy at Federal and State Government levels.

The Skyline Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to provide intensive financial, educational, emotional and practical support to enable academically gifted and talented students, whose potential to realise their educational and career goals is compromised by entrenched disadvantage either socially or financially.

From 2006 to 2017, 143 students have graduated from the Skyline program having completed their VCE studies, with 100% of them transitioning to tertiary studies or careers of their choice.

Ms Reynen said, the Skyline Foundation VCE Bursary Program funded by corporate and private donations is a partnership between the student, their school, their teachers, parents and the Foundation.

The program provides the following benefits over the final two years of a student’s schooling: – a bursary to the value of $11,500 that covers a range of financial support in the form of textbooks, uniform and school levy reimbursement, and excursion fees.

Personal growth and development workshops, vocational seminars and a residential workshop, all of which are undertaken outside school hours are part of the extended program.

“The Skyline Education Foundation program costs $11,500 per student over two years and is extremely cost effective with research from Cadence Economics showing that every graduate entering the workforce increases Australian GDP by $124,450,” Ms Reynen said. (1)

“Not only is there high value in this investment, but without it there is a high cost to pay, with pathways to the welfare and justice systems through dropping out of school, failing to complete formal basic education and searching for opportunities to entertain their fine minds in potentially antisocial ways.”


Schools involved with the Skyline Education Foundation 2018 program


     South-east Melbourne


·       Braybrook SC

·       Collingwood College

·       Craigieburn SC

·       Kyneton SC

·       Melbourne Girls College

·       South Oakleigh SC

·       Dandenong HS

·       Keysborough SC

·       Lyndale SC

·       Narre Warren South P-12

·       Western Port SC


·       Newcomb SC

·       Northern Bay P-12

·       Surf Coast SC





  1. Cadence Economics,, 2016

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