It’s the culmination of a year of hard work when students march onto stages at award ceremonies right across the Coffs Coast. This year Coffs Harbour High School was one of ten schools who were the recipients of special awards totaling $5000 from Bryant McKinnon Lawyers. It’s part of an ongoing commitment to inspire higher education outcomes for the region’s young people.
Leaving the decision to schools as to how each $500 donation was awarded, Bryant McKinnon Lawyers suggested the awards were given to ‘individuals or teams who display excellence in cooperation and innovation in the way they problem solve’. Traits highly valued in the legal firm.
Coffs Harbour High School’s Deputy Principal Ms Melissa Garrels, announced the award at Friday’s assembly, presenting the winners from the Year 9 creative writing class who worked in groups to develop five short fantasy stories. Korora Public School were engaged to provide the illustrations.
“Bryant McKinnon Lawyers generously donated the money to the school for an innovative project that involves collaboration and teamwork,” Melissa explained as the award was presented to the group leaders.
“We will be using the money to publish the books in 2019 and will be able to repay their generosity by giving them their own personal copy.”
Organisations like Bryant McKinnon Lawyers are recognising the responsibility for raising a well-educated generation of children doesn’t rest solely with schools. Benjamin Bryant says when the wider community partner schools to support learning,great things can happen for young people.
“There’s nothing more important to a community than its young people!” says Benjamin, who was raised in Bellingen and returned to the CoffsCoast to practice law after completing his degree.
“We are really investing in the next generation, recognising their talents and inspiring them to do great things, which benefits the growth of our whole community.”
Benjamin and partner, Heather McKinnon, also volunteer their legal expertise to coach school students in Mock Trial & Mediation Competitions run by the Law Society of NSW. Just recently, one of the school teams Heather mentored, Lismore’s Trinity Catholic College, came runner-up in the state finals in Sydney.
A passion for education in the arts, saw Bryant McKinnon also sponsor the National Still Life Education Kit, which launched at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery last week. The free online resource enables teachers and students to learn from the exhibition’s different still life art forms.
Another sponsorship recipient is the Young Actors Studio, who recently awarded scholarships to promising students that will cover next semester’s class fees. Additional sponsorship by Bryant McKinnon goes towards staging performances like the recent ‘Snow White:Take A Bite’ shows, and providing annual trips to Sydney for professional workshops at schools like NIDA.
“What better way to build a great future than investing in our talented kids,” adds Benjamin.
“It’s our way of giving back to the community in which we live and work!”
To find out more about the community support programs, please visit bryantmckinnon.com.au.
This year’s recipients of school sponsorship included 4 Coffs Harbour High Schools,Senior College, Bellingen High, Bellingen Public, Frank Partridge Public,Christian Community Junior & St Augustine’se
School Sponsorship Recipients 2018
- Coffs Harbour High School
- Orara High School
- St John Paul College
- Bishop Druitt College
- Coffs Harbour Senior College
- Bellingen High School
- Bellingen Public School
- Frank Partridge VC Public School
- St Augustine’s School
- Christian Community Junior School