Thursday, July 4, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Improvements For Students Thanks To Community Investment

Community Bank Sarina Bendigo Bank awarded community grants to support students at three local primary schools through the Community Engagement Program – with a focus on enhancing youth education in the region and fostering the development of the next generation.

Students at Alligator Creek State School benefitted from a successful community grant to upgrade their Homework Reading Project, including decodable books, to support students at all reading levels to improve their reading speed, comprehension, and attention span.

Secretary of Alligator Creek State School Parent and Citizen Association Nikki Klags said in 2022 they saw a “shift in students’ confidence, which resulted in higher levels of engagement and excitement towards reading” when they first used the decodable books.

“These decodable home readers have proven to increase students’ reading ability,” Ms Klags said.

Oakenden State School P&C grant application for a new barbecue and facilities to support future school events, including their annual cross country event that is attended by other schools throughout the region, was also successful.

Oakenden State School Principal Angela Wood said the new facilities will enable the school to “provide reliable, safe cooking equipment for our volunteers to use and provide our community with food through our canteen at our events throughout the year”.

“We support the achievement of quality educational outcomes for students through fostering parental and community engagement in a thriving and successful education system,” Ms Wood said.

Swayneville State School received funding to increase lunch time seating, creating a more comfortable environment for students during their breaks.

“Lunch time is an essential period of rest, to break up an otherwise densely packed school day. It’s also a time for students to meet up with friends and fuel their bodies,” said Swayneville State School P&C Association President Simone Hauwert.

“As a P&C Association, we strive to make improvements throughout the school each year to ensure our students are at the heart of all the decisions, as we help provide Swayneville with a healthy learning environment.”

Community Bank Sarina Board Chair Karen May said that the community grants were part of the Community Engagement Program, which is “committed to supporting youth education, enabling local schools to improve educational facilities, develop programs, and positively impact the wider community”.

For more information on Community Bank Sarina's local community support initiatives, follow the bank’s Facebook page at

Alligator Creek State School students with Community Bank Sarina mascot – Piggy. Photo supplied

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