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Celebrating a four-year partnership supporting the educational outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, Learning Links was thrilled to have joint Patrons, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC, Governor of New South Wales, and Mr Dennis Wilson, visit Ashcroft Public School on Tuesday 15 November.

In collaboration with the Liverpool Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group, Learning Links has been running an education support program at Ashcroft Public School since the start of 2020. One of Learning Links’ specialist teachers provides evidence-based literacy and numeracy support individually and in groups for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, empowering them to build the vital skills and confidence they need for the classroom.

The Governor and Mr Wilson thoroughly enjoyed their visit and the opportunity to hear more about the different programs and initiatives on offer at the school. After students performed a dance to welcome them to Dharug country, they joined in on some fun and engaging mathematics games in Learning Links’ education support group, before touring the rest of the school ground and meeting with more students and teachers.

Principal at Ashcroft Public School, Poppy Louezi, was also able to share the incredible work being done through their Mirrung Hub. Mirrung – the Dharug word for belonging – aims to support and enhance wellbeing outcomes for the broader community by providing a kitchen, internet café, garden and allied health supports.

The team at Learning Links is incredibly proud of the work that has been done in partnership with Ashcroft Public School over the last few years and was delighted to be able to share it with the Governor and Mr Wilson. The organisation looks forward to continuing this program for many years to come, to ensure more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have the opportunity to learn, develop and thrive.