Palm Lake Resort Bar Committee donates to Tea Gardens Public School

Tea Gardens Palm Lake Resort’s Bar Committee came out for Happy Hour to present a donation to Tea Gardens Public School.

LITERACY and learning support for our local schoolchildren are the focus of several recent and future fundraisers for Tea Gardens Public School (TGPS).

At the weekly Happy Hour held by the TG Palm Lake Resort (PLR) Bar Committee, PLR residents invited TGPS Principal Mark Clemson to receive a donation of $1000 to the school.

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“The school has smaller numbers lately and is struggling to get normal funding from the government, we can do more for the kids,” Bar Committee President John Gray told NOTA.

This is the second donation from the PLR Bar Committee, funded by the regular Happy Hour at the Palm Lake Resort Promenade.

“We appreciate the support immensely, which will go towards building resources to support the new curriculum,” Principal Clemson announced.

According to the website My School (run by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority), 81 percent of Tea Gardens Public School’s students come from the two lowest socio-economic quadrants, meaning that the school’s population is one of much complexity and need for such support.

The donation will go towards ‘decodable reader’ resources, which are the keystone of the new statewide literacy curriculum.

Further support is being raised by TGPS P&Cs upcoming ‘Slime Run’, which will happen on Friday, 22 September.

Kids right across the school are getting involved, with 100 percent of the Slime Run’s funds also going towards the decodable reader resources.

“The kids are so excited at the chance to slime some of their teachers… and maybe even me,” Mrs Hurkett told NOTA.

Anyone wishing to donate directly to the Slime Run, and help the kids of TGPS get a head start on the new curriculum, can scan the QR code.

With the recent switch to ‘decodable readers’ in the statewide curriculum, the State Government has only covered schools for their in-class materials, leaving at-home study resources up to individual schools.

More information about ‘decodable readers’ can be found at the NSW Education website:

By Thomas O’KEEFE

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