LEAP - Auburn Community of Schools (ACOS)
The LEAP - Community of Schools (Auburn) program began in February 2012 and has been successful in engaging students and providing an enrichment experience. The project is funded under the Australian Government's "Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP)" which aims to increase participation in Higher Education by students from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds who are traditionally underrepresented.
The program engages with staff and students from the NSW Department of Education and Communities schools in the Auburn area.
The aims are to:
- Increase engagement of students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics through school enrichment programs, professional learning support, campus programs and a process of transition and support from school to university.
- Raise aspirations, creates possibilities and actively supports students from disadvantaged backgrounds to successfully participate in higher education.
Currently Auburn Girls, Auburn West, Auburn North and Auburn Public have participated in programs supported by Macquarie University. These include:
- 230 Auburn Girls students participating in various programs such as "Off to a Good Start" for Year 11, "Raising Aspirations" for Year 9 and "Robotics" for Year 7.
- 30 Auburn Girls students and 2 staff participating in the Women in Science Day at Macquarie University.
- 90 Primary students participating in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics enrichment program delivered in school.
- 50 Primary students and two staff participating in an Enrichment program at Macquarie University.
Evaluation by the students and staff has been overwhelmingly positive:
- "On behalf of Auburn North PS I would like to thank you for
organising such an outstanding enrichment excursion for my stage 3
The students experienced a very fruitful and engaging time learning about dot painting, wildlife animals, bush tucker. The briefing and presentation by Rhonda on Aboriginal art has been an enlightening experience for the students. In addition to that the students had that opportunity to step their foot in the university campus. I am sure some of them will make their way there" (Stage 3 teacher)
- "Thank you for the great presentation and resources. Many students were commenting today about what a great time they had and how much they have learnt from the Year 11 Study Skills Day".
- "Our girls had a wonderful time. Many have been inspired and want to come to Macquarie University. They had lots to talk about on our trip home. Thank you again for all you support and help" (Women in Science Visit)