No Limits brings together five outstanding primary school principals and their feeder kinder educators with aspirations to increase long term educational engagement for children on the Mornington Peninsula.
In mid-2018, working with MPF, principals and staff from Crib Point, Wallaroo, Eastbourne, Mornington Park and Tyabb Rail Primary Schools and their feeder kinders identified low levels of oral language as the key issue for lack of engagement and success in learning in their children. With the support of Right Lane Consulting, a detailed intervention project plan was created and generously funded at a cost of $1.05M over three years by ten MPF supporters.
Informed by the encouraging MPF funded oral language pilot of 2018 at Crib Point Primary, this major project will support over 500 children over three years in their oral language and literacy development. MPF is engaging Peninsula Speech Pathology to deliver the program and supporting the primary schools to employ an additional aide in each prep class.
Testing of 300 children at the ten intervention sites and three comparison sites in term 1 of 2019 showed that 92% require some form of oral language intervention, compared to 10% of the general population.
Terms 2 and 3 will see specialist intervention according to individual assessments supported by specially trained classroom aides and kinder staff to over 250 children. The program is being evaluated by Cheryl Chapple, former senior education specialist with the Dept of Education.
No Limits donors are: the Bertalli Family Foundation, R.M Ansett Trust (Equity Trustees), Collier Charitable Foundation, RE Ross Trust, Zagora Foundation, George Hicks Foundation, Grace and Emilio Family Foundation, Sentinel Foundation, Bowness Foundation and SALT Impact.