In 2018, Sony Foundation will fund an additional three new Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camps taking the total number to 28 camps around Australia, and most importantly, in every state and territory. This year, over 650 children with special needs will be invited to attend one of the camps free of charge which will be hosted by 50 high schools and universities whose students will volunteer to be the sole carer for these children over the four day camp. Over 1,200 Yr. 11, Yr. 12 and university students will selflessly give of themselves so that the parents of these children can enjoy a few days of rest.
After a hiatus of a number of years without a Sony Camp in Adelaide, St Peters College, Adelaide will partner with Wilderness School for Girls, Adelaide and host the only South Australian Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp. The Adelaide Sony Camp will aim to host 10 campers with 20 companions and will be held from 30 September – 2 October 2018 at St Peter’s College campus.
“St Peter’s College and Wilderness School are both extremely proud and excited to be bringing the Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp back to South Australia. A core group of staff from both schools had experienced the genuine value gained from hosting a camp at their previous schools, so we eagerly teamed up to make the camp a reality. While providing the young campers with a memorable experience and giving parents some much needed respite are the true rewards and purpose, the by-product of having our students involved in providing and sharing this experience has indescribable benefits. The support shown from the wider school communities has already been overwhelming and we look forward to seeing what we can achieve this year and beyond,” said Ray Pearson, Head of Boarding, St Peter’s College Adelaide
Townsville Grammar School will host its first Sony Camp in 2018 and be the second school in Townsville to host a Sony Camp. Led by Tim Kelly, new Principal of Townsville Grammar who has a long history with implementing and running the Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp Programs in schools over the past 15 years.
“My involvement in Sony Camps goes back to 2003 where I was in the fortunate position to lead the organisation of the first camp at Churchie in Brisbane. With my move to Toowoomba Grammar School in 2007, I again had the opportunity to instigate a Sony Camp. There is little doubt in my mind that the Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp is the most beneficial personal development experience I have seen in my time in education. Beyond that, the joy it brings to the young guests and the chance it gives for respite for their families provides everyone the opportunity to gain from their involvement. It would be a great privilege for the Townsville Grammar School community to have the opportunity to host a Sony Camp. On behalf of the School, I wish to thank the Sony Foundation for approving a camp to be held at TGS. We are very excited to be part of the Sony Camp family,” said Tim Kelly, Principal Townsville Grammar
The Townsville Grammar Sony Camp will be held over the first weekend of the Queensland September school holidays for three days from Saturday, 22 September – Monday, 24 September 2018. We would be seeking to host 28 – 30 campers for the first camp with an even mix of boys and girls with between 56-60 Companions.
Scotch College, Melbourne has been involved in the Sony Foundation Holiday Camp Program for the past eight years as part of the Sony STAR Camp with a syndicate of Melbourne schools. Confident with the experience gained over many years, Teacher and Camp Coordinator, Pino Cutinelli acknowledged there was an opportunity to establish an additional Sony Camp which would mean more boys and girls, both campers and companions, would have the opportunity to take part in the program in Melbourne. Scotch College Melbourne will partner with St Catherine’s School and will be held on Friday 14 December – Sunday 17 December for approximately 24 campers and 55 student companions and will take the Sony Camps running in Victoria to five in 2018.
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