Newsletter - February 2021
FOCUS ON STUDENTS
2020, and let’s call it the ‘COVID’ year, was momentous for everyone. For students in the Skyline Program, the phrase “and then some” does not begin to adequately describe the additional issues they faced.
The key elements of the Skyline Program, aside from covering educational expenses and providing integral wrap- around support from the Skyline community (teachers, parents, Skyline stakeholders), is the delivery of a distinctive transformational student centred learning program that focuses on identifying and recognising life and learning, barriers and opportunities, and career counselling, all of which equip students of high potential to survive, thrive and lead in an ever-changing educational and economic landscape.
NEWS FROM THE CLASS OF 2020 IN THE GEELONG REGION
Despite the resilience needed for all during 2020, there have also been occasions to celebrate. For the first time since Skyline began working with schools and taking students from the Geelong region (2017), 98% of 2020 students who completed year 12, and 100% of students who attempted their VCE achieved a 50 plus ATAR ranking; 57% achieved an ATAR over 70. To our delight, and his shock, one of our students was named Dux of Northern Bay! This brings to three the number of Skyline students who have been named Dux of Northern Bay over the last three years, in 2018 Gypsy Akhyar, 2019 Roghayeh Sadeghi and 2020 Liam Jones.
By the end of 2020, thanks to the support of wonderful donors in the Geelong region, and the schools who nominated a record number of students, we welcomed the largest cohort of Geelong students into the Skyline Program for 2021- a total of 22, with the highest numbers coming from Northern Bay (9), North Geelong (7) and Geelong (4).This number more than doubles the intake from the previous year, and is the happiest ending to 2020 we could think of!
NEWS FROM THE CLASS OF 2020 IN THE NORTH-EAST REGION
We are extremely proud to share with you the achievements of our Skyline students in the North East Region. In 2020, all six Skyline students attending three secondary schools in Yea, Mansfield and Alexandra successfully completed Year 12. As graduates of the Skyline Program, they will be warmly invited to continue their involvement with Skyline as members of our talented alumni community.
Three students received ATAR scores in the 70s and three in the 60s – the highest scores were with Nick (Alexandra Secondary College), Heba (Yea High School) and Cece (Mansfield Secondary College.
Congratulations to all our students for such achievements during such a particularly difficult year.