Ulladulla High School to create a ‘Sanctuary’ for students as part of Bushfire recovery

20 Jul 2020

The 'Sanctuary of Wellbeing and Renewal', an initiative from Ulladulla High School in NSW is one of two grant recipients receiving funds from a $200,000 donation by Sony Foundation to Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) at the historic 'Fire Fight Australia' Concert in February 2020. 

The Sanctuary of Wellbeing and Renewal is an important initiative in the school’s roadmap to renewal and will be a place providing the support and tools to enable community of 1200 students to plan, innovate and respond to their situation with optimism and direction. 

"Our school is determined to rise from the ash and create a sanctuary for the entire student population and their families. A hub that will support for many years to come, through students setting goals, building hope and focussing on the future is a paramount objective."

Denise Lifts, Principal, Ulladulla High School

Sanctuary of Wellbeing and Renewal will be a place providing the support and tools to enable students to plan, innovate and respond to their situation with optimism and direction. Three key elements have been identified to deliver the project:

  1. Wellbeing support and capacity building for students to build entrepreneurial skills and develop goals focussed on renewal. This will require technology, including computers and software to establish an e-commerce environment to connect the rural community.
  2. Mentors and leadership to connect students to their aspirations and potential. Designated personnel to work alongside students, teachers, and families to drive solutions towards renewal and recovery.
  3. A space available to students and families fostering positive local initiatives, enhancing student and school contributions to recovery and resilience. A portable building/s located on the school grounds and facing the town centre.

The Sanctuary of Wellbeing and Renewal will bridge a gap between the school and broader community, providing a place where innovation can grow, and students are exposed to local entrepreneurs to create solutions and contribute to community renewal. Sony Foundation and FRRR are proud supporters of this community initiative and we look forward to seeing it flourish.

Support Sony Foundation's Bushfire Appeal 

The 'Artists Unite for Firegiht' Concert for National Bushfire Relief special charity album of 23 tracks features unique live recordings from every artist who performed at the historic Fire Fight Concert.

Sony Music Entertainment Australia will donate all its proceeds from the sale of this album to Sony Foundation Australia and funds raised will go towards directly supporting young Australians in bushfire affected communities.  

It is available as a two disc CD album from music retailers and a digital download on iTunes. 

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