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Flexi School gets welcome boost from USQ

(Back, from left) Friends of Flexi Chair Kath McDonald, Mychael Forbes, Trey Patterson, Carl Rallings and (front, from left) Chloe Mulvena, Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas and Breanna Lee.
Students at Toowoomba Flexi School took a welcome break from their pre-exam study this week to accept a donation on behalf of their school from the University of Southern Queensland.

USQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students and Communities) Carl Rallings made the $1500 donation with Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas at the Chalk Drive school, while also taking time out to meet some of school’s current students.

Flexi School Head of Department Jo Brennan said USQ had been a strong supporter of the school over the years, making donations of food and clothing as well as much-needed funding.

Mrs Brennan explained the Flexi School was an annexe of Centenary Heights State High School, but that many of the programs it offered went “above and beyond” regular Education Queensland services.

“We are very much a community-supported school,” Mrs Brennan said.

“We provide lunch every day to the students and that helps to create much more of a community and family feel.

“We really value that time we have together over lunch and I’m sure our students value having their tummies full as well.”

The funds donated by USQ will go towards purchasing those meals and also additional food packages for students who are struggling to buy groceries outside of school.

Mr Rallings congratulated the students for their hard work during 2012 — particularly the Year 12 students who are preparing to graduate on November 6.

“USQ has had a long-term relationship with this school and there have been wonderful outcomes over a long period of time,” he said.

“We’re more than happy to support the Flexi School and the vital services it provides to students here in Toowoomba.”

Mr Rallings also thanked the many volunteers and the Friends of Flexi members who give up countless hours to support the school and its students.

Media contact:

Jim Campbell, USQ Media, +617 4631 2977, jim.campbell@usq.edu.au

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