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ATTAINING the minimal
reading age is critical for
a person to adequately
function in society.
Functional literacy pro-
vides the basic skills for
a person to find employ-
ment and manage their
day-to-day living needs.
US studies reports that
two -thirds of all students
who do not reach the min-
imal reading age are more
likely to be supported by
society and governments,
rather than contributing
to their community and
Studies have also shown
that those who do not
reach the functional read-
ing age are more likely to
become long-term unem-
ployed or become part of
the prison system.
So what is the function-
al reading age?
A functionally literate
reader is able to read
well enough to operate
in society, encompassing
the level of literacy that
enables a person to be
trained in technical or
This functional reading
level is generally consid-
ered to be the level that
is achieved by an average
student in Year 4 at pri-
Put another way, the
functional reading age is
equivalent to the level of
reading competency ex-
pected of a child aged 9.5
years of age.
Kip McGrath Wonthaggi
offers individual tuition in
a small group setting for
primary and secondary
students who have some
gaps in their knowledge.
“We complete a free ini-
tial assessment to iden-
tify gaps in the students’
knowledge and to design
a program to suit each
students’ specific needs,”
Kip McGrath Wonthaggi’s
Nicole Hynes said.
“It is at this assessment that
a goal is agreed on for the stu-
dent and a timeline outlined
for achieving the goal.
“Our students attend
our professional premis-
minute lesson and com-
plete about 10 minutes
of homework a week to
ensure they have retained
what they have learned.”
Founded in 1976, Kip
McGrath has been help-
ing primary and second-
ary school age children all
over the world to improve
or extend their learning.
If you think your child
could benefit from extra
help call Nicole to book
your free assessment on
THE 2016 Country Education
Foundation (CEF) University Survival
Guide tackles all the questions first
time university students have (even
the ones parents struggle to answer)
and provides tips and advice on every-
thing from finding somewhere to live,
scoring bargain textbooks, applying for
part-time work and dealing with peer
The CEF University Survival
Guide is a full colour 30-page E-
book packed with handy checklists,
essential contacts and insightful ed-
itorial articles to take the stress out
of leaving home and help students
navigate the transition to independ-
ent learning and living.
Inside the CEF University Sur-
vival Guide there is information on:
• Orientation and what to take to
• Essential life skills for living
away from home
• Budgeting, financial advice and
where to find the best student dis-
• Finding employment and time
• Health and emotional support
• Tips for parents and families
• Real advice from former stu-
• A weekly planner
• Recipes and more
The 2016 CEF University Survival
Guide will be available at www.cef.
org.au from January 21.
Tips to survive university
WONTHAGGI North Primary School students who achieved academic awards last year included, from left,
Nusayba Mohamed (Personal Growth award), Louis Armstrong (Mathematics award), Georgia Wintle (Music
award), Meah Davis (English award), Jessica Geyer (Music award), Janai Muir (Arts award), Mia Carvill (overall
academic achievement award), Matilda Carter (Personal Growth award), Joel Kershaw (Sports award), Meekah
Suckling (Arts award) and Darcy Holden (Mathematics award). Absent: Rufaro Karema (English award).
Charlize Bolding completed the Kip McGrath read-
ing program at Wonthaggi last year. She received a
certificate congratulating her on her achievements
from Kip McGrath Wonthaggi tutor Nicole Hynes.
THE Bass Coast Community
Foundation (BCCF) is continuing its
Tertiary Support Program to help lo-
cal university students.
The program is aimed at local Bass
Coast Shire students to help with the
second year university studies.
Three students are provided with
$4000 scholarships to help with
accommodation expenses, related
living expenses, books and other
course related supplies.
Award recipients are also matched
with a mentor who will provide sup-
port for them throughout their first
two years of study.
BCCF’s new Executive Officer
David Wall said the second year of
university can often be the hardest.
“You get through the first year, but
you run out of puff and run out of
dollars,” he said.
“It all disappears faster than you
expect, so it’s second year that can
often be the hump. Once you get over
that the end is closer.
“It can help make the difference,
it’s money and when you’re a student
every bit helps.
“It might make all the difference
and mean all the work you put in
first year in getting there in the first
place isn’t wasted.”
The program is aimed at residents
of the Bass Coast Shire who are un-
der 22 and:
• Students who are moving away
from the Bass Coast region in order
• Students enrolled or who are in-
tending to enrol in a course of study
at a recognised Australian Tertiary
Institution in the following calendar
• Courses applied for must be of at
least 12 months duration.
Applications for the scholarships
close this Friday, January 22 and
applications will be accepted with-
out required university references
if they are unable to be obtained at
gram/ to download an application
Back to school vouchers will be
also be distributed to local schools
shortly to help families struggling
with back to school needs.
Community grant applications will
be open for applications in March.
Martin Keogh was reappointed as
chair of the BCCF board at October’s
AGM, and Kirk Skinner has been
appointed deputy chair.
Mr Wall said he is enjoying his role
at the BCCF so far.
“It’s a challenge, there’s a lot to do
but it’s all for a positive outcome,”
“The board’s terrific, you get a vibe
with any group of people whether
they’re positive and constructive,
and these guys are.”
New Bass Coast Community Foundation Executive Officer David Wall is looking forward to helping the
foundation deliver support to the local community, including awarding $4000 in scholarships to three local
university students in their second year of study. rg050316
Grants to help students
follow their dreams
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