The Fogarty Foundation
Roseworth Primary School and The Fogarty Foundation have been long time partners. Our school has benefited greatly from our association with the Fogarty Foundation in many ways, none more important than the strong commitment from the Executive Chairperson, Ms Annie Fogarty, to our school. Annie continues to keep Roseworth Primary School at the forefront of the Foundation’s desire to make a real difference for the students, staff, parents and administration of our school. The Fogarty Foundation has as its primary aim, ‘the desire to achieve a positive flow on effect through all its activities by creating opportunities and encouraging individuals to realise their potential.’ This ‘ripple effect’ is certainly felt at Roseworth as many of the very successful projects and initiatives operating in our school have links back to the tireless work of Annie and the Foundation.
As Executive Chairperson of the Fogarty Foundation, Annie Fogarty holds a key position on the Board of our school and brings expertise to the Board that is invaluable to the growth of Roseworth Primary School. Annie is also able to use her considerable knowledge and skills to broker support for the school from the wider community.
Our association with the Fogarty Foundation is probably best known for the ECU Fogarty Professional Learning Centre, which is certainly one of the most innovative initiatives operating in any school in Western Australia. The Fogarty Foundation assisted the school to develop the idea for this centre and has been a major influence in seeing the project progress to its successful operations today. The Centre now plays a crucial role in research and teacher professional development and is a wonderful asset for the school. The Centre gained international recognition in 2012 when Dr Stuart Shanker, one of Canada’s foremost child development specialists used the facility to present a workshop to Edith Cowan University Pre-Service teachers on the topic of self regulation. This was a most positive event for the school and Dr Shanker was very impressed with the way in which the school was supporting our students.
We continue to see the strong growth and development of the 0-3 Playgroup program which also has its beginnings with support from the Fogarty Foundation. The 0-3 Playgroup now caters for over 100 children and is the cornerstone of the engagement and early intervention programs operating at Roseworth Primary School.
There is a great sense of pride for Roseworth Primary School in the partnership that has grown between the Fogarty Foundation and the school and we consider ourselves very fortunate to have such strong links with a powerful supporter of education through Western Australia. Our school looks forward to the opportunity to continue this association with the Fogarty Foundation. In 2016 the school will commence the Fogarty Edvance program. The aim of the program is to provide high quality support to build leadership capability and increase the overall effectiveness of schools, through a three year School Improvement Program, which brings together education, business, philanthropy and community groups.
Our school also offers its congratulations to Annie Fogarty who was made a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia for ‘significant service to equity access and advancement of education in Western Australia’. This is a significant acheivement and one of which our school is very proud.The press release for Annie's acheievement can be found by following this link: Annie Fogarty made a Member (AM) of the General Division of the Order of Australia.