Million-dollar school boost

A BILLIONAIRE philanthropist has donated $7.9m to Western Sydney University to launch a decade-long leadership program through Auburn Girls High School.

A first-of-its-kind program, the Harvey Norman Young Women’s Leadership Academy led by Harvey Norman CEO Katie Page, will increase the social, economic and educational participation of young women in Western Sydney.
Professor Barney Glover AO, immediate past Western Sydney University Vice-Chancellor, made the announcement on Thursday at the school, together with Ms Page and Auburn Girls High Principal Anna Tsoutsa who said the Leadership Academy would complement the existing culture at the school to empower young women as leaders.
“We are excited to be pioneering this project with Western Sydney University and are very grateful for the generosity and leadership of Ms Page and Harvey Norman in establishing the Leadership Academy,” she said.
“It will provide inspiration and amazing opportunities for our students.”
Ms Page said the establishment of The Harvey Norman Young Women’s Leadership Academy at Auburn Girls High School was bold.
“We are committing to Auburn Girls High School for at least a decade. Under the stewardship of the University and Principal Tsoutsa, the Leadership Academy will enable students to access leadership skills and mentoring across their secondary education.
“Auburn Girls High School is already an institution that produces exemplary graduates.
“We hope that with our support, their graduates will be the next generation of female role-models and contributors setting the standard for leadership in their careers and communities.”
The Leadership Academy will feature tailored workshops for different age groups, focusing on enhancing personal, social and leadership capabilities, while a professional development stream will help teachers cultivate resilience and independence in young women.
It will also engage with families and the wider community through information sessions, with financial support in the form of learning grants, university scholarships and more also provided.