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Adopt a School

Adopt a School is a supported residential education program at Bundanon Trust for schools with economic, social or geographic disadvantage and/or with significant Indigenous enrollment. Since 2001 over 33 schools and 1,015 students and teachers have participated in this life-changing opportunity.

Background

This was the first overnight camp I have been on and I hope to do it again because I had so much fun!
- Anastasia, Year 4 Alexandria Park Community School

The Adopt a School program was developed in response to the creative learning needs of young people in government schools in socio-economically disadvantaged areas. The initial impetus came from philanthropist and friend of Arthur Boyd, Fred Street, who was the largest donor to the building of the Boyd Education Centre. Fred Street strongly believed that these young people should have the opportunity to attend a residential visual arts education program at Bundanon Trust. Following the success of this inaugural program, other sponsors were attracted to support the program. Below is a list of schools, donors and the years attended.

An Adopt a School program enables participants to:

  • Spend three days and two nights at the Boyd Education Centre, Riversdale
  • Visit the Bundanon property, access the Collection through a visit to Arthur Boyd’s Studio and the Bundanon Homestead
  • Participate in collaborative art making and discovery learning
  • Create art works individually
  • Observe and listen to practicing artists in a studio visit
  • Develop an understanding of artistic processes and ideas
  • Develop co-operative ways of working in a group
  • Develop ways of communicating their own ideas and feelings
  • Connect and communicate with others in a beautiful environment
  • Develop a sense of achievement and self esteem
  • Discuss and evaluate both their own artwork and the artwork of others

Participation

Bundanon Trust aims to increase participation and access to the arts by primary and high school students, their teachers and the broader school community through providing high quality creative arts programs. While the relatively remote location makes it a unique experience, it also makes access difficult for some schools. Providing opportunities for students disadvantaged economically, socially or geographically supports Bundanon's core mission and the vision of Arthur Boyd.

The Adopt a School program relies on sponsorship, fundraising and individual donors to cover the cost of travel, accommodation, catering and creative arts programs.

Apply

Schools with economic, social or geographic disadvantage and/or with significant Indigenous enrollment are invited to apply to the Adopt a School program. Contact Mary Preece, Education Manager for more information here.

Evaluation

At the conclusion of each program, Bundanon staff, teachers and students undertake an evaluation process. This involves completing evaluation forms, journal writing, discussion and art displays to assess the effectiveness of the program in relation to participant response to workshops and activities


Funding & Donors

Philanthropy and government support is needed to allow this program to continue. Bundanon Trust thanks the following supporters of the Adopt a School program.

  • Phil & Beverley Birnbaum, 2002-4
  • Fred Street, 2002-3
  • Gresham Private Equity, 2002
  • Macquarie Group Foundation, 2003-2008
  • Arts NSW ConnectEd, 2010-2012
  • Private Donors, 2011-2014

​Achievements

...making stronger connections to ‘place’ through personal stories. Engagement was awesome! Thank you so much for such an enriching experience.
- Jacqui Ryding, teacher, Narrandera High School

The Adopt a School program has achieved a broad range of outcomes since its inception. As well as the access opportunities for hundreds of students, there have been advantages for schools and teachers. The opportunity for primary teachers to gain specialist skills in art teaching methodology through their observation of experienced education officers working with their students has assisted schools to develop their creative arts curriculum. The production of exhibitions by the visiting group for their school community is a feature of the program, attended by Bundanon’s education staff. These exhibitions promote community engagement and recognition.

Since 2011, the Adopt a School program has also involved schools in remote and regional NSW. Schools from as far away as Hay and Narrandera have been supported to bring their senior students for intensive art making to support their compressed visual arts courses. Comments by the teachers indicate the benefit of the program.


Schools list

Riversdale was a great place overlooking the calm Shoalhaven River... I love the breeze sweeping across my face. The towering hill is a great playground for running and rolling down. Each morning I wake up early to see the sun peeking over the mountains.
- Tanya Year 6 Alexandria Park Community School

2001: Tempe Language High School, Darlington Public School, Telopea Public School

2002: Cabramatta West Public School, Cranebrook High School, Waterloo and Glebe Public Schools

2003: Sarah Redfern High School, Athelstane Public School, Fort St.& Plunkett St. Public Schools

2004: Miller Technology High School, Mount Warrigal Public School, Liverpool Girls High School, Wyndham College, Figtree & District Public Schools

2005: Chifley College- Shalvey campus

2006: Moruya High School, Alexandria Park Community School, Thomas Reddall High School

2008: Dulwich High School, Marrickville High School

2010: Alexandria Park Community School, Moruya Public School, La Perouse Public School

2011: Islington Public School; Mount Austin Public School, Strathfield South High School

2012: Fairfield High School, Blackett Public School; Windsor PS

2013: Hay War Memorial High School, Narrandera High School

2014: Birrong Girls High School, Young North Public School