The Podmore Foundation is pleased to announce a recent decision to fund a French language immersion study trip for Tallon, an Indigenous student in Year 8 at St Edmunds College, Canberra.
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The year commenced for the Podmore Foundation in a very poignant way with the inaugural Brigadier Damian “Dolly” Roche golf day on 7 January. Many of Damian’s friends and supporters turned out on a very warm day for a great round of golf at the Federal Golf Club.
At the recent Graduation Dinner and Presentation Night for Canberra Girls Grammar School (CGGS) held at Parliament House on 1 December 2015, Larissa was awarded the CGGS Principal’s Award. Congratulations Larissa!
On 25 October at the Spring Lunch, the Podmore Foundation was pleased to invite Jessa Rogers as its guest speaker. At the Spring Lunch, Jessa gave a powerful, moving speech on her experience with Indigenous education, her life’s story and her interactions with Podmore’s scholarship recipients.
The Podmore Foundation Management Committee for 2016 was elected at the recent Annual General Meeting. Podmore wishes a warm welcome to its new President, Narelle Sargent, and its new Vice President, Mike Goodyer. Outgoing President, Dr Bob Breen, will remain as a regular Board Member, and outgoing Vice President Mike Hyde will remain as an ex-officio committee member.
The Podmore Foundation was delighted to host its annual Spring Lunch on October 25 at the Royal Canberra Golf Club. Podmore thanks all of its supporters and benefactors for attending the Lunch to celebrate Returning Opportunity in good company, and most importantly for their ongoing support to Podmore’s scholarship recipients. Thanks to Peter Breen for acting as Podmore’s official photographer on the day!
Dr Bob Breen, the outgoing President of the Podmore Foundation, prepared the following report covering Podmore’s successes and achievements through 2015, and the vision for the future.
On Friday 28 August, 29 Year 12 Yalari students from around Australia met for a celebratory lunch at Duntroon. Podmore Foundation scholarship recipient Larissa (Year 12, Canberra Girls Grammar School) was named the inaugural Yalari valedictorian for 2015. Congratulations to Larissa and all other graduating Yalari scholarship recipients!
18 year old Larissa, Podmore scholarship recipient and Vice-Captain at Canberra Girls Grammar School, was selected as a member of U24 Australian Dragon Boating squad, the “Auroras,” and competed in the 2015 World Championships in Wellend, Canada from 19 to 23 August 2015. During the championships, the team competed against 2500 paddlers from 18 countries and won three gold, one silver and three bronze medals. Congratulations Larissa and the Auroras!
Growing up in a small town in Moree, NSW where there is little opportunity for higher education, 14 year old Isabella has just spent two weeks in one of the fastest growing technology countries in the world – Japan – funded by The Podmore Foundation and benefactors.