Celebration of Education event

Study. Circular Head will have its first Celebration of Education event at the Circular Head Hall of Fame on Friday.

The recipients of the Mayor’s Education Fund Scholarship and the Soroptimist International of Circular Head Scholarship will both be announced during the celebration.

The scholarships, which have previously been announced on Australia Day, assist Circular Head residents to engage in further study by helping offset some of the costs.

Previous winners will be at the event to talk about their first year of study at university and the positives, negatives and the challenges of their experience.

The event will also see the launch of the Circular Head Education and Training Consultative Committee project, Where Are They Now: Stories from Students of Circular Head.

CHETCC program facilitator Sally Stanley said the idea for the project sprung from a conversation at a conference about a university that celebrated a ‘Welcome Home’ week, where previous students come home or back to their roots to celebrate their journeys.

“This gave us the idea of developing a database of previous Circular Head students that began their schooling here and have gone on many varied journeys and have achieved success,” she said.

“It doesn’t necessarily mean they have gone to university and become lawyers or doctors, it is celebrating all journeys.”

Sally has been busy contacting people from Circular Head who are now living as far as London and many places in between to see if they were interested in telling their stories.

“After the launch we will be rolling out a Facebook page sharing stories, journeys, the beginnings, the detours and the destination, and eventually we’d like to be able to use it all to publish a book,” she said.

Sally will be one of the guest speakers at the luncheon and will talk about her career path from working at McCain Foods to her current job as a customer service officer at the Smithton LINC.

The Celebration of Education is on tomorrow (Friday February 9) at the Circular Head Hall of Fame from 12pm, community members are invited to attend.