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[PROGRAM NAME] is a program focused on changing the educational and future trajectory of students facing financial barriers.


The program helps students in Kindergarten to Year 12 who are committed to advancing their education through three Key Pillars:

  1. Creation of literacy, numeracy and creativity rich home environments

  2. Self discovery of values, interests, abilities and careers

  3. Development of 21st Century skills


Regular and ongoing interactions with A Start in Life are the core of [PROGRAM NAME] and provide the most significant value. Through these interactions, students are supported with their learning and growth. The more dedicated and engaged students are, the more they will benefit.


Some financial assistance is also available to help cover the costs of education essentials which may include school fees, uniforms, technology and excursions.

[PROGRAM NAME] doesn’t replace the role of school. School teaches a lot, however additional assistance is often needed for students to make the most of their education, especially for those who face financial barriers. Our program complements ‘in-school’ learning and extends beyond the school environment.​​​​​​​​​​​​

Program Overview


We focus on key Pillars at specific stages of a student’s education to ensure we provide the most useful and beneficial experiences and resources. This deliberate progression through these Pillars enables us to cater to the evolving needs of students as they grow. Support for education essentials remains available throughout the entire program.


Grades 1 – 4

In the early years of a child’s education, we focus on building Literacy, Numeracy and Creativity Rich Home Environments (Pillar 1) to establish environments and habits crucial for lifelong learning.


Grades 5 – 8

As a student grows and begins to form their own identity, the emphasis shifts to Self Discovery of Values, Interests and Abilities (Pillar 2). During these middle years, students are more capable of self-reflection and self-exploration, which helps them build a deeper sense of identity.


Grades 9 – 12

In the later stages of schooling, as a student begins to prepare for the transition to higher education or the workforce, we focus on Self Discovery of Careers (Pillar 2) and 21st Century Skills (Pillar 3). This helps students explore potential future careers (aligned with their values, interests and abilities) and equips them with skills vital to the modern world and workforce.


Pillar 1:
Creation of Literacy, Numeracy and Creativity Rich Home Environments (Grades 1-4)

Home environments that encourage literacy, numeracy and creativity are vital to establishing habits for lifelong learning and growth. While learning environments are established at school, it is vital they are provided at home as this is where significant amounts of learning also occur. Time spent learning and studying outside of school hours is associated with enhanced academic outcomes. Home learning environments also help build habits and skills that are crucial to lifelong learning. When parents are involved in their child’s education at home, student motivation, aspirations and capabilities are enhanced.

What we provide:

  • A diversity of tools and resources, ranging from physical items to tips and tricks

  • One-on-one meetings and written guides for parents, offering practical advice on how to use these tools and resources in daily life

The tools and resources we provide will vary depending on the student. Examples include book packs and writing materials to boost literacy, guidance on using cooking measurements and telling time to develop numeracy, and craft boxes or storytelling ideas to nurture creativity

Pillar 2:
Self Discovery of Values, Interests, Abilities
(Grades 5 – 8) and Careers
(Grades 9 – 12)

Self discovery is crucial for nurturing young minds. It helps students better understand themselves and develops a stronger sense of self. This helps students learn and engage with the world more effectively and become well-rounded individuals. Self discovery is not only integral during educational years, but is essential for lifelong personal and professional fulfilment. We help students discover their values, interests, abilities and various possible careers.


Values (Grades 5 – 8)

Identifying and exploring a student’s own values help them understand what is important to them. Values act as a special tool to help guide students in life, including how to think, act and make decisions. They also contribute to a student’s overall development – at school, at home, with peers and beyond.


What we provide:

  • Regular one-on-one values mentoring sessions with our Student Assistance Team to help students discover and live in alignment with their values

  • A toolbox of resources (e.g. videos, worksheets and activities) to help students continue living in accordance with these values in their daily life – at school, at home, with peers and beyond

  • Guided self-reflections to help increase a student’s awareness of when they are, and are not, living in line with their values

The values a student has will be unique to them. Examples include community, curiosity, hard work, justice, kindness, independence, leadership, open-mindedness, respect and self-growth.


Pillar 3: Development of 21st Century Skills
(Grades 9 – 12)

21st Century skills are key to a student’s educational and future trajectory. These skills go beyond traditional academic knowledge and provide students with the tools needed for the ever-changing modern world and workforce, enhancing career mobility and broadening career horizons. Students often have base level understanding of these skills, however more time and resources are needed to fully comprehend and apply these skills in real life situations.

What we provide:

  • In person training workshops where students develop 21st Century skills vital to the modern world and workforce

  • These workshops provide students with the opportunity to learn the theory behind these skills and then practically apply them (e.g. in role plays and group activities)

  • Regular one-on-one sessions with our Student Assistance Team to help students reflect on how these skills can be applied now and in the future

The skills we teach include: Communication, collaboration, 

creativity, leadership, flexibility and adaptability, critical thinking and problem solving

How Student's Progress Through the Program

In the first 12 months of [PROGRAM NAME], we assist students with education essentials. Over the year, we work with students and their families to assess their long-term commitment to their education and our program. At the end of the 12 months, where commitment is evident, an invitation to enter the full program will be made.


The full program is available in ongoing years and expands to the three Key Pillars. At the end of each year, A Start in Life will evaluate each student’s progression. An invitation to continue in the program will be offered to students where:

  • Active use of resources, activities, workshops and coaching sessions provided and / or facilitated by A Start in Life occurs

  • Evidence of positive change and progression exists

  • School attendance and effort ratings in school reports are maintained or enhanced

  • There is a high level of engagement, participation and commitment from both parents and students

Additional Information


How Do I Apply?

Applying is quick and easy! Simply CLICK HERE to apply now. If you have any questions, please contact us on or (02) 9264 3017.

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