High schools win $30,000 prize for partnerships
TWO Ipswich high schools have claimed a $30,000 prize and a national award for their partnerships within the community.
Bundamba State Secondary College and Redbank Plains High School were awarded impact awards by the NAB School First initiative.
Redbank Plains High was recognised for its partnerships with six different transport companies to help engage students.
Bundamba was acknowledged for a tutoring program aimed at improving academic performance among its students.
Principal Andrew Peach said the prize money would help continue the program, which has tutors from the University of Queensland campus at St Lucia visit the school.
Mr Peach said about 25 tutors went into the classrooms to assist students. He said indications were that the presence of the tutors had a positive impact on all of the students in the class.
One of the students who visits the school is Oscar Ho. The Bachelor of Arts and Education student said the opportunity to get into the classroom provided great experience.
"I think getting into the classes and doing practical experience is good experience rather than learning theory," he said.
"Knowing that I can make a difference and if anything needs to be clarified I can help them understand things that they have trouble with."
Mr Ho was helping Year 9 student Jerome Robinson. Jerome said tutors were helpful during class.