STEMM Christmas in July fundraiser

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  • Location: The Sanctuary Venue, Forest Glen 4556 Queensland

Fundraising Dinner for the STEMM program - Supporting Teenagers with Education, Mothering and Mentoring. Silent Auction, Raffles, Live Music. 3 course Festive Feast.

Contact Burnside State High School 54417300 or 0417797264 for more info. RSVP 17th July.

STEMM Christmas in July fundraiser
25 July 2009
The Sanctuary Venue, Forest Glen
Date Detail: 7pm - 12.00pm.
Event Cost: $60 per ticket

About STEMM: Supporting Teenagers with Education, Mothering and Mentoring

"It takes a village to raise a child". This old African proverb provides a good basis for measuring the high levels of success of Burnside High School's STEMM program. The Supporting Teenagers with Education, Mothering and Mentoring program is the first of its type in Queensland to support pregnant girls and young mothers in schooling through developing a unique stand-alone curriculum. Instead of attending mainstream classes, the STEMM curriculum provides a program tailored around their educational, social, physical and emotional needs and their babies' needs in a safe, non judgemental environment. The program currently has 30 girls who before their involvement with STEMM had dis-engaged from Education.

The STEMM program currently runs three days a week with plans to extend to 5 days per week in July 2009. STEMM is located in one building in which there is a teaching classroom with computer access and two rooms which operate as adjunct care facilities for their children. We currently have 27 children in care. This is supported by Playgroup Australia and many volunteers who support the girls and bring valuable life skills to the program and act as mentors. The young mums and their babies are picked up and transported to and from the program.

Supporting: Pregnant girls and Young Mothers in a safe, non-judgemental environment with individual support plans developed by trained Case Managers. Case management meetings are held on a weekly basis to review individual support plans and respond to emergent issues.
Teenagers: being given the opportunity to develop Life-skills, Parenting, Self Worth, Healthy Relationships, Pre and Post Birth Plans.
90% of STEMM students were daughters to mothers who had them between the ages of 15-19. In many cases they have not been exposed to positive parenting skills or healthy relationships. 70% of the girls have no contact with any family.
Education: In partnership with Education Queensland, TAFE and the University of the Sunshine Coast, girls will be able to re-engage with learning pathways towards certified outcomes. The STEMM program has the following educational pathways:
* Foundations to Literacy and Numeracy (Burnside SHS)
* Skills for the Future (Nambour TAFE )
* Distance Education
* Tertiary Preparation Program TPP (Sunshine Coast University)
Each STEMM student is engaged in some form of education. In the case where the student did not complete to year 10 standard their learning plan is tailor made to encourage improvement in literacy and numeracy and not on failure. It is about celebrating small successes along the way.
Mothering: All girls being given the opportunity to develop their Mothering Skills through access to a variety of experts in Maternity Services, Breastfeeding and Child Health. It is imperative that the students parenting skills are developed. Supported playgroup, Family Care and Child Health programs all assist to attain this goal.
Mentoring: Girls are individually matched with carefully selected and trained mentors. Mentors are volunteers who take responsibility for being a friendly ear to offer advice and meet with their STEMM student one hour per week.

Connection to QSE-2010 and Education and Training reforms for the future
"STEMM" very strongly implements the Learning Objectives of "new pathways" and "new opportunities to learn" and the Schools Objective of "community partnerships". "STEMM" implements Outcome SC1 through having innovative and distinctive strategies responsive to community and student needs and Outcome SC2 by having productive partnerships with the community and with business, industry and other agencies to implement the ETRF initiatives.

* Increased participation rate of pregnant or parenting students in education.
* Improved perception of educational setting that supports pregnant and parenting students.
* Increased service delivery and support for pregnant and parenting students.
* Increased improvement in parenting skills and ability to balance education and family.
* First graduating student from STEMM starts a Bachelor of Business University
* Increased involvement of numerous community agencies/organisations


STEMM empowers pregnant and parenting teenagers by providing pathways to education as well as personal and parenting support, mentoring and community access. As such it is a key strategy for Burnside SHS in implementing Education Queensland's values and mission regarding inclusive education. As well it is a key to achieving the health and well-being of our students and their children. We provide a safe and supportive environment for pregnant and parenting students where comprehensive education takes place in regards to a range of health, personal development and wellbeing issues. Our students develop the essential knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to enable them to make informed decisions for healthy outcomes.


Partnerships and services with other agencies is paramount to enhance student health and wellbeing in the school setting. Partnerships include:
* Education: Education Qld (Home Economics & Literacy & Numeracy); TAFE; Sunshine Coast Uni and flexible learning options such as BSDE
* Child Care Support: TAFE Children's Services (Adjunct care / Creche); Playgroup Australia
* Government Services: Child Health, Dept. of Child Safety, Dept of Housing,....
* Community Services: East Coast Women's Health, IFYS Transitional Housing, Mentoring & Young Parenting, SCOPE Domestic and Family Violence Service, HOPE Indigenous Entity, Salvation Army (crisis support), Nambour & Caloundra Community Centre -- Good Beginnings (family support), Lifepoint (supported accommodation)
* Community & Financial Support: Buderim Patchworkers (baby quilts), Maleny Zonta & Quota (Emergency Food & fundraising), Resque Hair and Body (fundraising); Smith Family (scholarships & financial literacy)

These partnerships have been critical for Burnside SHS to establish and develop STEMM as a pilot program.

Burnside State High School :
Blaxland Road, Nambour
07 5441 7300
07 5441 7353

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The Sanctuary Venue, Forest Glen

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