Cowra High School principal Charles Gauci stresses that students shouldn’t be put off by talk of high costs of university, as the many and varied support networks they can draw on from the wider school community will back them.
“Without doubt, there are increased costs for anyone living in the country, but it’s simplistic to blame one thing,” Mr Gauci said.
“It’s just not that simple.”
He particularly was concerned that students may become discouraged from contemplating tertiary education by talk of “can they afford it”.
“We have many kids that go to university, and we want to encourage as many as possible”.
Mr Gauci stressed the school has many avenues to help students contemplating a tertiary future.
“We have a lot of experienced people who are dedicated and passionate about ensuring if a student wants to go to university, we will find a way.
“We have not one but two Enid Langfield Scholarships, plus the Fagan Scholarship and these are major subsidies.
“We also have several other smaller scholarships, as well linking students in with wider community assistance, such as via service groups, or formal scholarships such that offered by Cowra Shire Council.
“Obviously also, we look too for assistance via groups such as The Country Education Foundation.
“Our staff and wider community - such as parents of children attending university - will find ways of helping, sharing knowledge, advice.
“Cowra High students, unlike others in neighbouring centres who do have university campuses - have no choice to but to travel.
“That’s why we don’t focus on it as a barrier, because to us, its just reality.
“The reality is we want students to go to university and we will do everything possible to help.”
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