Letters to the Port Stephens Examiner: August 8

Life lessons: nailed it

How good are Tomaree High's year 12 construction students.

A fantastic example of what a dedicated teacher can achieve with keen students who are engaged in their learning (The house that Tomaree High's Yr 12 kids built, Examiner, 1 August, 2019).

The construction of a mini house built to Australian standards looks fantastic in the photo.

With the added understanding of computer aided design and the drawing of plans these students are surely being prepared for a career in construction.

Combined with the SALT (Supporting And Linking Tradeswomen) program it's great to see the impact and successes of public education. What a great story for Education Week. Congratulations to teacher Mr Adrian Crew and the students involved.

Robert Mulas, Corlette

HOUSE PROUD: The Tomaree High School Year 12 construction class with teacher Adrian Crew and the mini house. Picture: Supplied

HOUSE PROUD: The Tomaree High School Year 12 construction class with teacher Adrian Crew and the mini house. Picture: Supplied

Cruising for a boozing

I have not ready any comments from readers as yet about Ferodale Road, Medowie being awash with grog.

From the Medowie Road roundabout to the Kirrang Drive roundabout there are four separate retail liquor establishments.

Who is responsible for this situation?

Statistics show that it costs communities millions of dollars from the abuse of alcohol including accidents, violence and ongoing health issues.

I am not a wowser, I drink alcohol but I do not want to swim in it.

Arthur Tupman, Salt Ash

No half-baked effort

On Sunday, July 21, three girls, including an exchange student from New Zealand, held a cake stall in our street in brandy Hill to raise money for drought relief.

They raised nearly $400 thanks to the generosity of our neighbours and locals.

These girls baked all the cakes and biscuits themselves and sat at the stall for four hours until most were sold.

I would like to thank all those people who gave so generously and in particular, the girls [who organised the fundraiser].

Really well done.

Jeff Ford, Brandy Hill

Donations bridge gap

I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to the Port Stephens community for their support of The Smith Family's 2019 Winter Appeal.

In an inspiring display of empathy for the plight of Australian children living in poverty, we are deeply humbled by the generosity of the many Australians who donated more than $2 million in NSW, to help us deliver vital out-of-school learning and mentoring support, for thousands of students living in disadvantage.

This will be transformational for these children.

With one in six young Australians living below the poverty line today, it is heart-warming to see so many community members join us, to change the educational outcomes of these children.

Research tells us that one in four children from our most disadvantaged communities start school already behind in areas like literacy and numeracy. Without intervention, the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students continues to grow. By the age of 15, this gap is equivalent to around three years of schooling. But if a disadvantaged child has access to the right support at the right time during their studies, they will have a much more positive future.

The donations we received during our appeal will help us reach more than 12,000 students in need nationally through programs such as iTrack and student2student, which encourage children to stay in school and make the most of their education. And we know they're working. Four in five students leaving school after taking part in our Learning for Life programs, are now in the workforce or pursuing further education.

Fiona Coluccio, NSW General Manager, The Smith Family